chinamasa.jpgNegotiators of parties in the inclusive government have not made any progress since the last SADC summit held in August in Luanda, Angola.

Zanu-PF chief negotiator, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said the negotiating team comprising himself and Cde Nicholas Goche on the Zanu-PF side, Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma for MDC-T and Priscilla Misihairambwi Mushonga and Mzila Ndlovu of MDC-M, reported stalled progress by the three sides.

Cde Chinamasa said the only movement that is taking place regarding the implementation of the GPA is the constitution-making process which he said is limping at a snail’s pace.

He said, “The MDC-T is stalling progress in the process by coming up with new issues at every sitting and ignoring some of the positions that were negotiated and agreed to in the GPA, such as the issue of the amendment of the human rights legislation and on the establishment of polling station-based voter’s rolls.”

He said while all parties agreed to denounce and call for the removal of sanctions, the MDC-T has been calling them restrictive measures and going behind the back of other signatories asking the EU and their allies to maintain them.

Cde Chinamasa pointed out to the negotiators that MDC-T is using the negotiating forum to settle scores between the two parties and backtracking on the Global Political Agreement.

“The negotiating team meets the Lindiwe Zulu-led South African facilitation team on the 18th of this month to prepare the agenda for the meeting between the principals and the facilitator, Cde Jacob Zuma on the 23rd of this month,” he said.

Efforts to get comments from negotiators from the other parties were fruitless as their phones went unanswered.