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AU Aware of GNU Problems

AFRICAN Union Commission chairperson Jean Ping has admitted that Zimbabwe’s all-inclusive government is plagued by problems, but was quick to say that these could be overcome.

Ping told the Zimbabwe Independent ahead of the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU held under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development” that he was pleased with the progress made by the inclusive government.

Ping said: “The inclusive government in Zimbabwe has problems but these should not hinder the progress made. It’s a necessity that these problems are addressed and overcome.”

However, talks in Harare seem to have stalled amid confusion on the way forward.

Negotiators are still to agree on the most divisive issues on the agenda, including the appointments of Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono and Attorney-General Johannes Tomana, and the swearing-in of MDC-T treasurer-general Roy Bennett as Deputy Agriculture minister.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti told journalists at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Tuesday that talks to resolve outstanding issues had reached a deadlock and called for Sadc intervention.

He said: “What is required is for Sadc and president Zuma to take leadership of these issues because the leadership in Zimbabwe has failed to provide leadership.”

Biti warned that if the outstanding issues were not resolved the government might collapse.

He said: “If the transition is no longer dealing with certain fundamental things which gave rise to it, for instance the issue of the constitution and democratisation, then it means it is no longer serving the purpose for which founding fathers created it.

“Equally, if it is no longer serving the issues of the economy it also means those that were forced to go into this equation on the basis of the economy will not find it useful and this thing will collapse.”

Wongai Zhangazha in Addis Ababa

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