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Statement on the First anniversary of the Inclusive Government

Statement on the First anniversary of the Inclusive Government

'The Parties hereby declare and agree to work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.'

Article 2 'Declaration of commitment' of the Inter Party Agreement

On the 11th of February 2010, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) President, Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe bringing to life the September 2008 Inter Party Agreement (IPA)and signalling the beginning of a marriage of intent between the three political rivals, ZANU PF and the two MDC formations. For most, the formation of the inclusive government presented a glimmer of hope for the revival of a country which was witnessing an economy in free fall, dilapidated social amenities and political turmoil.  

A year after this historic event, the optimism which characterised initial stages of the union has slowly faded due to continued insincerity by signatories to the IPA, who are still stuck at the drawing table, negotiating and re-negotiating the implementation of the IPA without paying due regard to the needs of ordinary Zimbabweans. The political parties, instead of living up to commitments made in Article two of the agreement, continue backtracking and blaming each other for the failure to implement provisions.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition notes that, instead of strictly adhering to obligations made in September 2008, political parties particularly ZANU PF continue back tracking on the full implementation of the agreement.  Repressive laws, enacted to stifle divergent views by the Mugabe regime remain while ZANU PF functionaries still head key Ministries and state institutions.

In light of the aforementioned, The Coalition demands that the inclusive government;

·                 Implements the IPA in totality and lives up to obligations made when the agreement was signed in September 2008.

·                 Ensures that responsible authorities bring all perpetrators of political violence to book regardless of their political affiliation and positions in government

·                 Embarks on an institutional and legislative reform agenda as a matter of urgency to ensure that there is democratic consolidation.

Issued by:

Sydney Chisi

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Spokesperson

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