SADC and the African Union (AU) should intervene to ensure parties to the coalition government comply fully with the terms of the GPA pact ahead of new elections next year, MDC leader Welshman Ncube has said.
Ncube told supporters at a weekend rally in Bulawayo that SADC Troika chief and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete should travel to Harare to help resolve, among other issues, the dispute over Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
Mutambara is challenging his removal as MDC leader at the Supreme Court and suffered a set-back at a recent SADC summit in Maputo where leaders resolved that he would no longer be part of the regional grouping’s mediation effort in the country.
But government official insisted that Mutambara would retain his place in the coalition administration and as GPA principal, infuriating Ncube who accuses President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of protecting the deputy premier.
“Presidents Jacob Zuma (South Africa) and Jakaya Kikwete must coma and tell Mugabe and Tsvangirai to abide by the GPA because as guarantors of the agreement they have that power to tell them to comply,” Ncube said.
“The GPA has outlived its lifespan and we need to move forward but as we do that we are greatly troubled by the behaviour of our coalition partners and we would want to have that
SADC facilitated negotiations for the setting up of the coalition government after violent but inconclusive elections in 2008 and President Zuma has been helping the GPA parties negotiate a so-called roadmap to new elections next year.
Ncube said the regional grouping, as guarantors of the GPA, should intervene to resolve sticking problems before elections widely expected in March next year.
“SADC and the AU are the guarantors of this GPA, when we signed it they undertook to guarantee it by ensuring compliance to its terms by the principals. We are now calling for that guarantee, they must come and show that guarantee which they pledged to do,” he said.
“Look at the issue of appointing provincial governors, how can you be a governor of a province in which your party got 10 percent of the vote?”
Ncube urged his supporters to back the draft constitution when it is put to a referendum and dismissed amendments proposed to the document by Zanu PF as an attempt to reduce the draft to an election manifesto for the party.
“Now Baba Chatunga (President Mugabe) and Jonathan Moyo sit down and say - let us write a constitution for the people. A constitution is a collective decision by people of how they would want to be governed,” Ncube said.
“A constitution can never be a manifesto of a political party. Zanu PF wants to make the constitution look like its manifesto. We cannot allow that; Zanu PF cannot give us its manifesto and say it’s a constitution. No!”