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Motlanthe expected to meet Mugabe, Tsvangirai

Published: January 16, 2009

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By Moses Muchemwa
Bulawayo (ZimEye) – South African President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected in Zimbabwe on Monday to mediate the stalled power-sharing talks between President Robert Mugabe and MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai.

Motlanthe’s office released information that he was due to meet the two political arch-rivals in the Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

The South African leader will lead a SADC delegation to Zimbabwe that include former SA president and talks mediator Thabo Mbeki and Mozambican president Armando Emilio Guebuza.

“The delegation will include President Guebuza of Mozambique and former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the facilitator in the Zimbabwe Inter-Party Dialogue,” the statement from the president’s office said Thursday.

The meeting is expected to break the impasse between Tsvangirai and Mugabe over sharing of power in the inclusive government.

The Monday talks are set to focus on the sharing of key ministries including the Home Affairs posts which has been a bone of contention between Tsvangirai and Mugabe. The MDC also wants equal sharing of provincial governors.

The Monday talks will also discuss the constitutional amendment number 19 which creates the posts of prime minister and deputy prime minister, to be filled by Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, the head of a splinter group of the MDC.

In Johannesburg on Thursday, Tsvangirai insisted that he will not the unity government if the outstanding issues are not resolved.

The MDC president is scheduled to arrive from Johannesburg on Saturday for a meeting with his national council on Sunday.

The MDC is set to discuss, on Sunday, whether they will participate in the unity deal.
(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)


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