Morgan Tsvangirai led opposition Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, says the resolutions of the extraordinary Summit falls short of the party’s expectations.
The opposition MDC, said in a statement released in response to the SADC Communique that its expectation that the SADC processes would be above board in fairly judging the situation in Zimbabwe has not been met.
The party said its National Council will meet this weekend to decide on the issues and make its definite position known regarding the issue of forming a government of national unity.
“Quite clearly the conclusions reached as reflected in the Communique fall short of our expectations. Most importantly they are not in accord with our National Council resolutions of 14th of November 2008 and 12th of December 2008,” added the statement.
“It was our expectation that the SADC processes would be above board and be beyond reproach. Regrettably once again we note that Mr. Mugabe was allowed to sit in during the closed session of the plenary meetings. Thus again Mr Mugabe has been unfairly allowed to be a judge in his own cause,” read the MDC’s statement in part.
The opposition party expected the SADC extraordinary Summit to come up with, what it termed as, a ‘just resolution’ to outstanding issues in the interest of ordinary Zimbabwean people and concerned parties.
The extraordinary SADC Heads of State Summit which closed in Pretoria this morning has resolved that a government of national unity be put in place in Zimbabwe by February 13, 2009.
The extraordinary summit urged parties in Zimbabwe to cause that country’s Parliament to amend Article 19 of the Constitution to provide for the establishment of the position of Prime Minister.
According to a Communiqué released at the end of the Summit, read by SADC Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomao, the Prime Minister designate, Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputies should be sworn in by February 11, 2009.
The extraordinary meeting also resolved that the allocation of ministerial portfolios endorsed by the SADC extraordinary Summit of November 9, 2008 should be reviewed Six months after the inauguration of the inclusive government.
“The parties shall endevour to cause Parliament to pass the Constitutional Amendment 19 by 5 February 2009,” read part of the Communique.
The meeting also resolved that the appointments of Reserve Bank Government and Attorney General would be dealt with by the inclusive government.
Zambia’s President, Rupiah Banda, was among the heads of state and governments that attended the 14 hour closed door meeting called to diffuse the political impasse in Zimbabwe.
Others in attendance were Botswana’s Ian Khama, Mozambique’s Armando Guebuza, Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete and Swaziland’s King Mswati the third.
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, and Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili as well as opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai were also in attendance.