Mugabe party demands MDC seek end to sanctions

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s party demanded that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party seek removal of the Western sanctions on Mugabe and his allies.
“The MDC, which urged its international supporters to impose the illegal sanctions, has the sole responsibility to ensure that its international supporters remove the sanctions forthwith,” ZANU-PF deputy secretary for information Ephraim Masawi told journalists.
Masawi said ZANU-PF had delivered its part of a “global political agreement” which paved the way to the power-sharing government, but Tsvangirai’s party earlier raised objections to some recent appointments, Reuters reports.
Tsvangirai’s MDC wants the appointment of the central bank governor, the attorney general and 10 provincial governors to be reviewed and has referred the issue to the regional Southern African Development Community grouping for mediation.
“The outstanding issues have been the Achilles Heel of the inclusive government,” the MDC said, referring to the appointments and expressing its frustration with the pace of reforms.
A September political agreement between Mugabe, Tsvangirai and a leader of an MDC faction says appointment of all senior government officials should be agreed among the three leaders.
The unity government has functioned better than many observers believed possible, but friction points remain.
Zimbabwe faces an uphill battle to raise $8.3 billion (about R67 billion) for reconstruction. Direct financial support from Western donors remain elusive despite the best efforts of
Tsvangirai is highly regarded in the West for standing up to Mugabe.

Pic: Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe of Zim