Tsvangirai hopeful of final breakthrough

HELPING HAND: Morgan Tsvangirai gives a cup of clean water to a cholera patient at the Budiriro Clinic in Harare. 22/01/2009. © AP Photo. Pic. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.
HELPING HAND: Morgan Tsvangirai gives a cup of clean water to a cholera patient at the Budiriro Clinic in Harare. 22/01/2009. © AP Photo. Pic. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

Nelson Banya

Nelson Banya

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday he was hopeful a regional summit next week could end the power-sharing deadlock talks with President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai and Mugabe signed a power-sharing deal last September to try to end a post-election crisis, but the pact seems to be unravelling over control of posts.

On Monday regional leaders failed to nudge the rivals to form a government, but called for a special SADC summit on January 26 in another effort to break the deadlock.

Similar meetings have failed to persuade the rivals to agree to implement the pact, which many say is the best chance of rescuing Zimbabwe's economy and easing a humanitarian crisis, including the cholera outbreak.

Tsvangirai said after touring a cholera treatment centre in Harare: "If SADC leaders approach the problem with an objective point of view, I'm sure we should be able to resolve the matter.

"I am anxious that we resolve the issues and form the government."

But he stuck to his earlier demands: "I'm sure that everyone who is looking at this dispute might conclude that the MDC is obstructionist. No, we're not.

"The issues that we keep insisting on must be resolved, have to be resolved. We have a compelling case for the resolution of the two remaining issues."

He said the crucial issues were the equitable allocation of cabinet posts, provincial governorships, releasing MDC supporters and human rights activists.

He said the cholera crisis highlighted an urgent need to break the deadlock.

"This suffering must end. We'll do everything in our power to make sure that we take responsibility to fix the problems for the good of the nation and the good of the people." - Reuters

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