prime minister tsvangirai2 23.09.10.jpgMDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai met with foreign diplomats in Zimbabwe and members of the civil society at his party headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.

 

In meetings behind closed doors, Mr Tsvangirai first met some representatives of civil society before addressing some diplomats who included the new Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Anders Linden and the new EU representative in the country, Mr Aldo del Ariccia who replaced Mr Sten Rylander.

 

MDC Secretary for International Relations, Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro said the meeting was aimed at briefing the diplomatic community on the situation prevailing in the country regarding the outstanding issues in the GPA.

 

Mukonoweshuro said Mr Tsvangirai told the diplomatic community that there was a constitutional crisis in the country.

 

However, according to sources who were in the two meetings, Mr. Tsvangirai called on donors to stop funding the constitution-

making process.

 

The call is a complete u-turn for the party which had initially been adamant that the outreach programme be undertaken despite the shortage of funds in the country.

 

Donors had pledged to assist with funds before the constitution-making process began.

 

Mr. Tsvangirai also complained to the diplomats and civil society that his party was not consulted in the appointments of some envoys and the governors and resident ministers.

 

Media analyst and political commentator, Alexander Kanengoni, said there is no constitutional crisis in the country as alleged by the MDC-T leader.

 

He said regarding the appointments to senior positions, the President can consult other principals, but there is no obligation that the three should concur on the appointments.

 

According to the last SADC summit in Windhoek, Namibia, outstanding issues of the GPA should take place simultaneously with the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West.

 

ZANU(PF) has in the past made it categorically clear that sanctions are the major outstanding issue, arguing that their continued existence are a violation of the rights of Zimbabweans to chart their destiny without foreign interference.