ZIMBABWEANS have been warned against expecting South African President Jacob Zuma and his facilitation team to resolve the country’s simmering political tensions and Global Political Agreement (GPA) implementation impasse, which have hamstrung the running of the shaky coalition government.Speaking at a Quill Club discussion in Harare recently, MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Zimbabweans should find solutions to the current political impasse instead of waiting for Zuma to come to their rescue.
“It is high time we solve our issues as Zimbabweans rather than placing all our hopes in President Zuma and his team,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga. “Zuma’s team can make several trips to Harare but if there’s no will from the political leaders in Zimbabwe, nothing much will change.”
Zuma’s facilitation team has been pushing the three rival political parties in the coalition government to implement the election roadmap and all outstanding issues they agreed on in the GPA.
Zuma was tasked by the recent Sadc summit held in Angola to deal decisively with the Zimbabwe crisis to ensure the agreement is fully implemented and crucial reforms are undertaken ahead of elections expected in 2013.
Zuma’s international relations advisor and spokesperson of the facilitation team, Lindiwe Zulu, told the Zimbabwe Independent on Monday that they had no solution to the Zimbabwean crisis, but can only exhort the three parties to honour their agreement.
“We have always said progress is slow with regards to the implementation of reforms in Zimbabwe, but ultimately, the solution will come from the Zimbabweans themselves,” said Zulu adding that “we are only facilitators”.
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairperson Lovemore Madhuku concurred with Misihairabwi-Mushonga, saying Zimbabwe has to solve its own crisis without roping in Sadc.
“This is the reason why we as NCA have said the whole Copac process is a failure because it is going against the GPA,” said Madhuku.
“Article VI of the GPA states that the parties acknowledge that it is the fundamental right and duty of the Zimbabwean people to make a constitution by themselves and for themselves; that the parties should be aware that the process of making this constitution must be owned and driven by the people and must be inclusive and democratic.
“There is no way Zuma and his facilitation team can be involved in resolving the constitution of Zimbabwe,” Madhuku said.
Zuma is expected in Zimbabwe only after the negotiators have concluded the constitution-making process.