Mbeki recalled to define Mugabe’s powers
By Violet Gonda
17 April 2009
It’s reported that Thursday’s discussions between Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, over the outstanding issues facing the unity government, hit a brick wall after Mugabe insisted that he has the right to make independent decisions.
We could not get official comment but sources close to the discussions said the principals were supposed to meet again on Friday, but that didn’t happen.
Our source said the principals have now agreed that it was pointless to meet Friday because of Mugabe’s attitude. So they have agreed to invite former South African President Thabo Mbeki to a meeting on Monday, so that he can interpret the terms of the global agreement regarding Mugabe's powers.
There has been an ongoing wrangle between the rival parties over key issues, such as the appointments of governors, permanent secretaries and ambassadors, plus the land invasions and the freeing of the media.
The 85 year old leader is also refusing to shift on the issue of the appointments of the Attorney General Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, despite the two MDC formations insisting that the appointments were irregular.
And most recently Mugabe has been refusing to swear in Roy Bennett, the MDC Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate, and has stripped Nelson Chamisa’s Information Ministry, of the department of communications.