GPA on verge of collapse: PM

November 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

By Gift Phiri

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has dispatched an 11-page
dossier to facilitator President Jacob Zuma warning him that the inclusive
government is teetering on the verge of collapse.

He urged Sadc to urgently intervene to avert the situation from degenerating
into anarchy.

The dossier, seen by the Daily News, lists seven key issues the party warns
could be detrimental to the continuity of the inclusive government as well
as political and economic stability in Zimbabwe.

The dossier expresses the MDC’s frustration with unresolved disputes with
Mugabe and urges the Sadc facilitator to urgently remove obstacles in the
unity pact.

The damning report lists state-sponsored and sanctioned political violence,
the breakdown in the rule of law, closure of democratic space, the partisan
reporting in the public media, allegations that Zanu PF is running a
parallel government, non-implementation of the agreed issues and security
sector realignment.

“The political and security situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating at an
alarming and scaring pace and the MDC calls on Sadc to intervene to ensure
the GPA does not collapse,” reads part of the dossier.

“It is now 32 months after the consummation of the inclusive government.
Despite the economic gains made thus far, the political situation still
remains precarious with the potential of degenerating into anarchy.”

Bitter rivals Tsvangirai and Mugabe formed a unity government in February
2009 to end a political and economic crisis, but have been feuding over
implementing the Sadc brokered pact.

The report says violence and intimidation are the biggest challenge to a
free political environment in Zimbabwe.

Since the formation of the inclusive government, the cycle of political
violence has not been broken and politically motivated, state sponsored and
sanctioned violence has not abated contrary to the provisions of the GPA.

The report says a self-styled Zanu PF militia group known as “Chipangano” is
at the behest of many atrocities of violence against MDC supporters in
Harare.

The report claims the police are at the centre of the breakdown of the rule
of law in direct contravention of Article XI of the GPA, an assertion denied
by police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka yesterday.

The report says Zanu PF has disrupted the Parliamentary process of public
hearings into the Electoral Amendment Bill and the Human Rights Commission
Bill, the first body tasked with investigating rights abuses.

“The hearings have been marred with violence at the instigation of Zanu PF
members,” the report says. Zanu PF supporters disrupted the Parliamentary
hearings on the Electoral Bill on October 17 in Marondera, on October 18 in
Mutasa, on October 19 in Masvingo, on October 20 in Gweru and on October 21
in Bulawayo. The report warns Zuma that the democratic space in Zimbabwe
continues to shrink.

Police have proscribed MDC rallies and political activities, says the
report.

“Recently, the Prime Minister toured some parts of the country to assess the
levels of poverty as well as the state of development as well as the needs
of the people ahead of the budget, but was prevented from venturing into
some parts of Mashonaland by Zanu PF.

“In Marondera, Mudzi and Murehwa, the Prime Minister failed to tour clinics,
market stalls and business projects in these areas amid threats of violence
and physical harm targeting the Prime Minister and members of his
delegation,” says the report.

Tsvangirai also says the veteran ruler is undermining the agreement through
the arrest of several MDC lawmakers.

The report says since January 2011, more than 600 MDC officials, members and
activists have been arrested on clearly political cases.

The dossier also points to looting of state resources.

“This is manifested in the generation and expenditure of state resources
outside government treasury rules and regulations,” the report says.

“Of note is the continued sale of State resources such as diamonds without
the knowledge of the Treasury. There have over five diamond auctions to date
and only two have been accounted for by the Treasury. The resources accrued
are not known and have been used to facilitate the operations of this
parallel government.

“Clearly, this remains why some elements in government have refused the call
for transparency and nationalisation of diamonds in Chiadzwa. It is also
possible that these diamond resources are now being used to perpetrate
violence against civilians in Zimbabwe. This is also very plausible as
security forces remain active in the extraction and selling of diamonds in
Chiadzwa.”

The document also says the running of the parallel government has also been
capitalised by the non-remittance of police spot fines, toll-gate fees,
vendor fines and small-scale business fines.

“The intransigence of the police and other security agencies against the MDC
shows that the parallel government is fully operational. Tsvangirai’s MDC
accuses Mugabe’s Zanu PF of failing to honour an agreement to implement 24
issues agreed by the negotiators.”

The negotiators of the GPA presented their final report to the Zimbabwe GNU
principals and to Zuma on April 6, 2010.

The GPA principals then met on the 8th of June 2010 and agreed on 24 issues
out of the 29 presented by the negotiators.

“The sad reality is that of the 24 issues agreed, none has been implemented
to date,” says the report. (see table).

Zanu PF has, in turn, charged that the MDC has not fulfilled its pledge to
condemn sanctions imposed by Western governments on Mugabe and his inner
circle.

The report says state security agents were now at the epicentre of the
perpetration of violence, intimidation and the selective application of the
law

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