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Published: December 29, 2008
By Moses Muchemwa
Bulawayo (ZimEye)-The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has insisted that an “equitable” sharing of key ministries and the resolution of other outstanding political issuesÂ are the “passport” to the formation of a unity government, with Zanu PF.
Responding to a question as to whether the issue of a new passport to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Christmas Day could fast-track the formation of a unity government, MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa, said the opposition would not rush into an inclusive government with President Robert Mugabeâ€™s regime.
He said Tsvangiraiâ€™s passport was not a â€œpassportâ€ for the MDC to join a new government.
“The biggest passport to the formation of an inclusive government is the resolution of outstanding political issues, that is, issues to do with the allocation of governors’ posts and the equitable allocation of key ministries,” Chamisa said.
“We have identified several key ministries which we want shared equitably. It is not about home affairs only, as ZANU-PF falsely claims, and it is not going to be resolved by sharing one ministry as SADC (Southern African Development Community) suggested.
“There is also the issue of abductions, which are taking place against the spirit of the memorandum of understanding and the global political agreement, and the use of hate language in the state media.”
“Our position is that these issues should be dealt with and the Constitutional Amendment number 19 passed in parliament to create a legal framework for the formation of the government,” he said.
“The outstanding issues are not beyond the capacity of the parties to resolve.”
Zanu-PF and the MDC signed a power-sharing deal on 15 September but moves to form a unity government have stalled as the parties continue bickering over allocation of ministries.
(Moses Muchemwa is a journalist and partner with the ZimEye. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)