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Published: January 6, 2009
By Moses Muchemwa
Bulawayo (ZimEye) – MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has moved from Botswana to South Africa where he is scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss the power-sharing deal tomorrow.
Reports say Tsvangirai will meet other top party officials from Zimbabwe. Part of the opposition officials grouping for the meeting are MDC vice-president Thokozani Khupe, the secretary-general Tendai Biti, MDC chairman Lovemore Moyo, the organising secretary Elias Mudzuri, national spokesman Nelson Chamisa and the chairpersons of the Womenâ€™s assembly and Youth league Theresa Makone and Thamsanqa Mahlangu.
The MDC meeting is set to run from tomorrow until Friday and will map the way forward regarding the unity deal that was signed between Zanu-PF and the MDC on 15 September.
Last month, Tsvangirai warned that his party would walk out of the peace agreement if president Robert Mugabeâ€™s regime does not stop abductions and prosecution of MDC members. Therefore, the Johannesburg meeting is expected to drop a bombshell on Mugabe since Zanu-PF seems unwillingly to give in to MDC demands.
In his letter to Mugabe recently, Tsvangirai asked South African president Kgalema Motlanthe to intervene in the talks and call for another meeting with Mugabe.
Reports said a full SADC summit from will now convene from 13 to 15 January as the regional block seeks to find solutions to the political impasse between Zanu-PF and MDC.
Analysts said the power-sharing deal was likely to drag since Mugabe has taken a month-long leave. The 84-year old leader is said to be in Malaysia with his family at a time when Zimbabweans are dying of cholera and malnutrition.
Zimbabweans hope that a unity government with Tsvangirai is a lasting solution to problems facing the country.
(Moses Muchemwa is a journalist and partner with the ZimEye. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)