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Civil Society to Monitor GPA Implementation

CIVIL society organisations yesterday established an independent monitoring mechanism to assess the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed last year by President Robert Mugabe and the leaders of the two MDC formations, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.  

The GPA led to the formation of a unity government on February 13 in which Tsvangirai is the prime minister and Mutambara one of his two deputies.

The other deputy is Thokozani Khupe from the MDC-T.

Addressing journalists in the capital, the spokesperson of the 22-member GPA Monitoring Network, Okay Machisa, said the organisation needed to ensure that progress on critical issues which have been overlooked or remain unaddressed in the power sharing agreement were also monitored.

Machisa, the ZimRights director, said more emphasis would be on reform and accountability of the central bank in terms of its mandate under the law.

“The organisation will be monitoring the electoral reform, reform of the education sector, reform of the health sector, economic crimes and impunity, security sector reform, judicial reform and local government reform,” he said.

Machisa said the organisation would produce monthly monitoring reports to be disseminated widely to allow Zimbabweans to understand and discuss political processes, actions and decisions taken on their behalf and which have an impact on their lives.  –– Staff Writer.

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