Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The memorandum of understanding signed by Zanu-PF and both factions of the MDC is a move towards durable peace in Zimbabwe.
Such agreements are conflict-resolution mechanisms, but not all such agreements are successful, as has been shown in Africa. It is important that the leaders in Zimbabwe accept the outcome of the agreement and not resort to violence if they do not agree with the outcome.
An issue clouding the agreement is that two leaders cannot be presidents at the same time. An example is that of the DRC, where a model of one president and four deputy presidents was created. All the leaders will have to compromise on who takes what job.
Finally, the other difficulty is the role of external and internal players. The international community wants Morgan Tsvangirai to lead the transitional government. They say that his MDC won the parliamentary elections and that makes him the legitimate leader of a transitional government. But Zanu-PF argues that it won the run-off and therefore it should lead the government. It is therefore very important that the negotiations in Pretoria should not allow the international community to influence the parties because this might jeopardise the final peace agreement.
Lucky Ledwaba, Pretoria