Mugabe's Unilateralism Obstructs Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe

By Nontando Hadebe 10-20-2008

Last week, Robert Mugabe unilaterally appointed his own ministers to all key positions. In response, the opposition threatened to withdraw from the agreement unless the region and continent intervened. Their intervention is legitimate because they are the guarantors and backers of the power-sharing unity agreement. In response, former South African President Thabo Mbeki was sent in to try and resolve the deadlock. He was unsuccessful, and the issue has been referred to the Regional Security Body (SADC), who will be meeting today to try and resolve the issue. It seems to me that they have two options: Enforce the agreement and demand equal power-sharing, or retract on the agreement and require some form of compromise, which is likely to be unsatisfactory. We wait and see. The situation on the ground is tragic. The human cost of this process cannot be estimated -- it is simply too high! We value your prayers for a speedy, equitable, and just solution.

Nontando HadebeNontando Hadebe, a former Sojourners intern, is originally from Zimbabwe and is now pursuing graduate studies in theology in South Africa.

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