MDC Appeals To SADC Over Deteriorating Political Situation
Harare, November 14, 2011 – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of
the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has asked the Southern African
Development Community (SADC), the guarantor of the power-sharing pact in
Zimbabwe, to urgently intervene in what the party views as the deteriorating
political crisis in Harare.
In a letter dispatched on Monday to SADC leaders, among them South African
President Jacob Zuma, the regional grouping’s appointed mediator in the
Zimbabwe crisis, the MDC-T said the political and
security situation was deteriorating at an alarming and scaring pace and
“the MDC calls on Sadc to intervene to ensure the GPA does not collapse.”
The lengthy letter follows incidents of political violence which rocked
Harare and Chitungwiza in the past two weeks.
Noting that it was now 32 months after the consummation of the inclusive
government, Tsvangirai’s party said despite the economic gains made thus
far, the political situation still remained precarious
with the potential of degenerating into anarchy.
It listed issues the party considered to be detrimental to the functionality
of the Inclusive Government as well as political and economic stability in
Zimbabwe and specifically mentions state sponsored and sanctioned political
“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 stopped ,” reads
part of his letter in possession of the Radio VOP.
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