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Zim Under Spotlight At Pan-African Session

ZIMBABWE’S bloody June presidential election run-off and the fragile unity-government pact will dominate the 10th ordinary session of the Pan-African Parliament that kicks off in Midrand, South Africa, on October 27.

According to the agenda of the 12-day session of the parliament, Zimbabwe would come under intense debate for holding a sham one-man race won by President Robert Mugabe after his rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC pulled out of the race citing violence against his supporters.
The parliament would also deliberate on the deal signed between Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara — the president of the other formation of the MDC — which ran into problems a few days after it was signed on September 15.
“The Pan-African Parliament will be meeting in Midrand, South Africa, as from October 27 to November 7,” read a notice from the Parliament of Zimbabwe. “High on the agenda, amongst other issues, is the Zimbabwean June run-off election and the Angolan and Swaziland elections which were held in September.”
Tsvangirai withdrew from the race claiming that over 100 of his supporters had been killed, plus 200 000 families displaced and more than 10 000 injured in state-sponsored violence perpetrated by state security agents, war veterans and Zanu PF militia.
However, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission went ahead with the run-off saying Tsvangirai’s pullout had no legal effect and Mugabe won the election by over 85%.
Mugabe’s “victory” was condemned worldwide, resulting in Sadc and the African Union resolving that Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara should open negotiations for a unity government.
The talks, under the mediation of former South African President Thabo Mbeki, culminated in the signing of a unity pact on September 15.
However, the deal ran into problems a few days after the pact had been agreed.
Mugabe insisted on retaining key ministries, among them defence, home affairs, finance, justice, information and local government, a move the MDC said would be tantamount to power-grabbing, not sharing.
Mbeki has been in Harare trying to resolve the impasse on the allocation of the ministries.  
Under the deal, Mugabe should have 15 cabinet posts, Tsvangirai
13 and Mutambara 3. — Staff Writer.

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