Tsvangirai wants one-on-one with Mugabe

Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called for a one-on-one meeting with his...

Zimbabwean Politicians: Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called for a one-on-one meeting with his political nemesis President Robert Mugabe.

The MDC’s Nelson Chamisa said Tsvangirai called for the talks in a bid to bring finality and closure to the country’s stalled power-sharing talks, which started in September last year.

Last week, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe said he would appoint a new cabinet next month, despite the fact that there was no agreement on a way forward.

The MDC said it would not be part of that government.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson George Sibotshiwe said Zimbabweans could not be left guessing anymore.

“The issue is that the problem in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> continues without any solution in sight and there is no end in site. So it’s obvious that it’s important for us as the MDC to engage with Robert Mugabe of the Zanu-PF to ensure that this matter is brought to a conclusion."

At the same time, President Kgalema Motlanthe said the feuding parties had adopted a lackadaisical approach to the stalled talks.

In an interview with the Mail and Guardian, Motlanthe said the sooner the talks concluded, the sooner government there could start working towards ending the humanitarian crisis.