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  1. Sanctus Mtsimbe

    Sanctus Mtsimbe Tanzanite Member

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    News | Africa - Reuters.com

    Mugabe could sign power-sharing deal-ZANU-PF
    Sat 9 Aug 2008, 20:10 GMT

    HARARE, Aug 9 (Reuters)

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could sign a power-sharing deal with the opposition on Sunday after more than two weeks of talks seeking to end a post-election crisis, a senior ruling party official said on Saturday.

    The official said Mugabe's ZANU-PF wants any unity government to last five years and has agreed to have opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister, although his powers are still under discussion.

    "We anticipate there could be a signing tomorrow, after the leaders have met to thrash out the remaining issues," the official told Reuters.

    Mzee Mzima kaona amalizie ngwe yake bila shida ili baada ya hapo apumzike kwa amani. This is Africa . . . . Hii Demokrasia yetu sijui imekaaje . . .
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    Cha muhimu ni maslahi ya wananchi yazingatiwe.
  3. Sanctus Mtsimbe

    Sanctus Mtsimbe Tanzanite Member

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    LOL . . . Tusubiri Mkuu, tuone hayo maslahi yatazingatiwa vipi.


    Zimbabwe power-sharing talks reach a 'milestone' after Mbeki visit

    Sunday August 10 2008

    The Zimbabwean government said yesterday's visit by South African President Thabo Mbeki was a "milestone" in the power-sharing negotiations he is mediating between President Robert Mugabe's party and the opposition.

    Mbeki "is going to meet the principals, basically to update them on the progress so far and to consult on how to take the dialogue forward", Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba said, according to Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper. "This is an important milestone that has been registered in the inter-party dialogue," he added.

    The Herald said negotiators of Mugabe's party and the opposition returned from South Africa, where the talks began, after a memorandum of understanding was signed on July 21 setting out a framework for meetings between Mugabe's ZANU-PF, Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change and Mutambara's faction of the Movement for Democratic Change.

    South African mediators have said the goal of the talks was some kind of power-sharing deal between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, who both claim to be Zimbabwe's legitimate leader.
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    Waafrika tumegundua aina mpya ya ujambazi kwenye siasa. Unaiba kura kisha unakubali mazungumzo.

    Dawa ni kuwang'oa kabisa hawa wazee ambao wanakwamisha maendeleo ya bara letu. Wenzetu wanasonga mbele sisi tunarudi nyuma shauri ya viongozi ambao wamekalia vyeo ili kulinda maslahi yao badala ya kuwasaidia wananchi kuendelea.

    Tsvangirai awe mwangalifu sana na lazima hiyo nafasi ya PM iendane na madaraka ya kweli ambayo yatamsaidia kuleta change nchini Zimbabwe. Akikimbilia kuwa PM bila madaraka, yatampata yale ya Joshua Nkomo.

    Ni mabadiliko ya kweli tu kiuchumi na kisiasa ndio yataiokoa Zimbabwe kutoka janga la sasa ambalo ni matokeo ya siasa zilizopitwa na wakati.
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    Mbu JF-Expert Member

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    ...ZANU-PF wanajifunzia wapi haya? :)

    ....yaani 'sakata hili la ZANU-PF na MDC' linashabihiana na sakata la inji fulani ambayo ni kisiwa katika Bahari ya Hindi (Afrika mashariki), ambayo baada ya miaka nenda rudi bado wanaendeleza mazungumzo ya muafaka.
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    hapa you can see,kwamba,africa ilipoteza energy yake bure kumuondoa ian smith,watu kama nyerere ambaye alifukuza LONRHO at a cost to the tanzanian economy,kwa sababu ya zimbwabwe,must be turning in his grave.democracy in zimbwabwe has reached the end of the road.na mr morgan tsivangirai history will judge you on this fallacy,you are putting the people of zimbwabwe in.
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    This wht worries me much mkuu mtanzania. Mugabe haaminiki kabisa na hasa ukizingatia alishaapa hadharani mara kadhaa kwamba MDC and MT will never, never, never.......... Anyways he has a good mentor at least Raila - Odinga

    All in all hizi siasa ni bullshits, na biliv me his is wht is going to happen in Zanzibar in 2010
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    Kumbe wakibaki peke yao wanazungumza na kuelewana, tatizo ni kuingiliwa na mataifa ya nje ambayo sidhani kama yana uchungu na taabu wanayoipata wa-Zimbabwe wa kawaida.

    Matatizo ya Zimbabwe yatamalizwa na waZimbabwe wenyewe.
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    Mkuu Kakalende hapo ndipo penye ukweli wenyewe.
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    Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Pact Proves Elusive In Top-Level Talks

    By Blessing Zulu
    Harare & Washington
    10 August 2008

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    Discussions between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai over their respective roles in a proposed power-sharing government continued late Sunday amid reports Mr. Mugabe was unwilling to cede significant powers to Tsvangirai, who stands to become prime minister if the two men can reach final agreement.

    Their marathon negotiations at Harare's Rainbow Towers Hotel capped nearly three weeks of talks by senior officials of Mr. Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and both formations of the Movement for Democratic Change. Tsvangirai, MDC founder, heads the dominant grouping while Arthur Mutambara leaders the smaller formation.

    Sources close to the talks said they were hanging in the balance after more than nine hours because Mr. Mugabe was refusing to make concessions handing over a significant portion of his powers to Tsvangirai. Mr. Mugabe claimed victory in a June 27 presidential runoff ballot, but that vote was widely denounced as illegitimate because Tsvangirai, leader in a first-round presidential March 29, had refused to participate over violence targeting his party.

    South African President Thabo Mbeki was working to bridge the gap between the two leaders in his capacity as mediator for the Southern African Development Community.
    Sources said Mr. Mbeki was urging Mr. Mugabe to accept genuine power-sharing, which meant devolving significant powers to Mr. Tsvangirai as prime minister in what those close to the talks describe as a French-style balance of presidential and prime ministerial powers.

    ZANU-PF sources told VOA that President Mugabe was prepared to work with Tsvangirai as prime minister, but refused to agree to give him executive powers to go with the post.

    Sources said Tsvangirai and his MDC negotiating team were demanding significant powers as a condition of agreeing to a government of the normal five-year duration, failing which they would only agree to a transitional government of no more than 30 months duration.

    Sharp disagreement led to the adjournment of the talks for an hour Sunday afternoon.

    Critical issues on the table include the shape of the power-sharing government and how long it would last, as well the question of whether a new constitution would be required.

    Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported from Harare that the talks had been dragging on for hours with no end in sight.

    Director Gordon Moyo of the Bulawayo Agenda, a civic group, cautioned that any pact which retains President Mugabe as executive head of state would negate any prospect of political and economic reform, and told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that Zimbabweans would be "dismayed" if Tsvangirai were left playing second fiddle to Mr. Mugabe.
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    Zimbabwe: Deadlock looms over talks for unity government

    Zimbabwe's political rivals were locked in talks late into the night as deadlock loomed over negotiations for a government of national unity.

    By Peta Thornycroft in Harare and Sebastien Berger
    Last Updated: 9:03PM BST 10 Aug 2008

    The meeting between Robert Mugabe, the 84-year-old who has been in office for 28 years, and Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the first round of the presidential election in March as leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, had been touted as heralding a breakthrough.

    Thabo Mbeki, the South African president who has been mediating the talks, was with them on the 16th floor of a hotel in the capital, as was Arthur Mutambara, leader of a smaller MDC faction.

    Speculation of a deal to end the country's political crisis, triggered when Mr Tsvangirai pulled out of a presidential run-off in the face of a campaign of sustained violence by Mr Mugabe's supporters, had been high.

    But the key question of who would wield the most executive power in the new government remained unresolved.

    Over the decades, Mr Mugabe has used every possible tactic to retain power, from out-negotiating his opponents to massacring them, and he and his Zanu-PF party are thought unlikely to simply give up now.

    For his part, Mr Tsvangirai has insisted he is Zimbabwe's rightful leader and if he accepts a settlement that leaves him the weaker partner, he will be accused of betraying his people and the investment in the country promised by the West will not be forthcoming.

    Agreement is believed to be close, or have been achieved, on several other issues, including the time frame for a new government and a new constitution, but will be meaningless without settling the question of power.

    The MDC's secretary-general Tendai Biti, who is its chief negotiator, nodded when asked if progress had been made. "I think we all need to pray," he said.

    Initially the atmosphere at the hotel had been cordial, but as the day wore on it began to worsen, with even Zimbabwe's loyal state press realising that the "deal" they had predicted was further away than they thought.

    The building, down the road from Zanu-PF's headquarters, was surrounded by members of Mr Mugabe's Presidential Guard, and swarming with intelligence operatives and ministers, many of whom face the end of their careers in a transitional cabinet of mixed political hues.

    But if no deal is reached Mr Mugabe will be left presiding over an economy racked by hyperinflation and unravelling daily.

    Doubts about the negotiations began to emerge on the streets of the capital. A street trader and mother of four, who asked not to be named, said: "I am not happy because we think the agreement will leave Mugabe in control. I would prefer Morgan to be president and Mugabe will go to jail."

    At the Road Port international bus terminal a black-market currency dealer said: "I am not pleased because my family has sacrificed a lot. My uncle was killed in Chipinge after the March 29 elections. I am worried that if Morgan and Mugabe are in government together they will do a deal so that perpetrators have amnesty."
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    Mugabe 'confident' as Zimbabwe crisis talks break

    HARARE (AFP) — Zimbabwe's political rivals held marathon power-sharing talks before breaking in the early hours of Monday, with President Robert Mugabe saying he was "confident" a deal was within reach.

    South African President Thabo Mbeki mediated the talks at a Harare hotel that stretched a full day amid signs the rivals had closed in on an agreement to end the country's protracted political crisis.

    Mugabe, opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, the head of a smaller MDC faction, had arrived at the hotel more than 13 hours before the talks finally broke up.

    "We're not through yet, but we've taken a break," Mugabe said as he left the talks, adding meetings were to resume later Monday.

    Asked if there were sticking points, Mugabe answered: "There are always sticking points in any dialogue, but we are confident we will overcome."

    Tsvangirai left the hotel shortly afterward, saying Mbeki would "give a press statement on the issue" and refused further comment.

    Mutambara said only that "the talks are still in progress" as he exited.

    The talks are due to resume following a ceremony on Monday in honour of Zimbabwe's Heroes' Day, held in memory of those who died in the country's liberation war, said Labour Minister Nicholas Goche, a negotiator for the ruling party.

    Mutambara spokesman Edwin Mushoriwa told AFP that Mbeki had first met all three individually before bringing them in together.

    On Sunday, bouquets of flowers and chairs were brought into the same ballroom at the hotel where on July 21 the rivals signed a deal laying the framework for power-sharing negotiations. But the day passed without word of when or if a ceremony was planned.

    MDC number two Tendai Biti, the party's chief negotiator, briefly spoke to reporters as he left the Rainbow Towers hotel on Sunday, nodding yes when asked if any progress had been made.

    "I think we all need to pray," he said.

    Mbeki, the mediator for the Zimbabwe talks, arrived in Harare late Saturday after more than two weeks of negotiations in South Africa in a bid to reach a power-sharing deal following Mugabe's widely condemned re-election.

    His trip came amid signs the rivals were nearing a deal in the negotiations, with both Mbeki's government and Mugabe reporting progress in recent days.

    It also came ahead of Heroes' Day and a summit of southern African heads of state next weekend.

    The power-sharing talks follow the 84-year-old Mugabe's re-election in a one-candidate poll in June.

    Tsvangirai boycotted the June 27 presidential run-off despite finishing ahead of Mugabe in the March first round, citing violence against his supporters that had killed dozens and injured thousands.

    The opposition leader believes his first-round total gives him the right to the lion's share of power. The ruling ZANU-PF party has insisted Mugabe must be recognised as president as part of any deal, as he won the June 27 vote.

    Negotiations have reportedly included proposals for Mugabe to take on a more ceremonial role as president in exchange for amnesty from prosecution, with Tsvangirai being made executive prime minister.

    Human rights groups say Mugabe could face prosecution over a myriad of issues ranging from the killing of opposition supporters in the 1980s to the recent political violence.

    However, The Voice weekly newspaper, a ZANU-PF mouthpiece, reported in its Sunday edition that Mugabe would remain with executive powers in a deal the rivals were likely to sign.

    It claimed that Tsvangirai would be given the role of "non-executive" prime minister under the deal.
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    Compromise Fear In Zimbabwe Talks

    7:12pm UK, Monday August 11, 2008

    Emma Hurd, Africa correspondent

    Zimbabwe is on the brink of an historic power-sharing deal, but instead of excitement the prevailing mood seems to be one of unease.

    There are fears that MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai may be ready to make a disastrous compromise in the negotiations - one which would leave Robert Mugabe still holding significant power.

    When the MDC entered the negotiations their position was clear - Mr Tsvangirai should lead the country as prime minister, while Mr Mugabe could stay on as president, but only in a ceremonial role.

    But now things seem to be shifting and they appear to be going the 84-year-old's way.

    Leaks from the talks, being conducted under a media blackout, suggest that Mr Mugabe wants to keep hold of at least some of his executive powers.

    Key among them is control of the security forces - the same forces which helped to crush the opposition during the elections.

    For most in the MDC this is a thin red line and there is growing concern within the party that Mr Tsvangirai may be about to cross it.

    One mooted solution would leave Mr Mugabe in charge of the military, while the MDC takes control of the more politicised police force and intelligence services.

    It could be argued that the army is likely to remain loyal to the government in Zimbabwe, and that government would be led by Mr Tsvangirai, but it would still give Mr Mugabe much more than a 'ceremonial' role.

    The other crucial issue is the carve up of the ministries.

    In a coalition government, the MDC and Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF will both have cabinet posts, with a small number going to a breakaway opposition faction led by Arthur Mutambara.

    The MDC will be pushing for the most critical, including the finance ministry, but Zanu-PF will be running others, again giving Mr Mugabe significant power.

    How much power will be the critical question for the international community, particularly the European Union, which is ready to pour money into Zimbabwe but only if the country's Mr Mugabe is no longer in charge.

    There is growing pressure to reach a deal quickly.

    South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki is anxious to salvage his reputation as mediator and Zimbabwe is edging close to total economic collapse by the day.

    But all the haste could result in a bad deal - a fudge which will betray the sacrifices of all those opposition activists who lost their lives.

    The MDC could end up leading the government but still be battling Mr Mugabe and his allies for control.

    Mr Mugabe has neutered his opponents by luring them into coalition governments before.

    Perhaps this time will be different and Zimbabwe is about to draw a line under more than a decade of political turmoil and economic hardship.

    But the unease in the country is borne of bitter experience. Mr Mugabe is, after all, the man who warned that only God would remove him from power.
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    Zimbabwe rivals set for make-or-break talks to end crisis

    HARARE (AFP) — Zimbabwe's rivals will resume make or break power-sharing talks on Tuesday after two days of negotiations failed to produce a deal following Robert Mugabe's widely condemned re-election.

    The talks, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, were planned to start after events in honour of national Armed Forces Day Tuesday, a government official said.

    In his address for the occasion, the 84-year-old president lauded the military and avoided inflammatory comments about the opposition, unlike in many previous speeches. But he did make brief reference to international criticism of his regime.

    "Since their formation, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have remained steadfast in defending our national sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests as well as our hard-won independence," said Mugabe.

    "These sterling achievements have overcome numerous concerted efforts from some sections of the international community to destabilise our peace and stability and thus cause confusion in our country."

    Pressure has built for Zimbabwe's rivals to reach a power-sharing deal, with Mbeki planning to fly back to South Africa later Tuesday ahead of a summit of regional leaders this weekend.

    "It's unknowable when a deal will be reached but the president is due back from Zimbabwe later today," Mbeki spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga told AFP.

    The rivals have refused to comment on details of the talks, but a South African newspaper reported that the ruling ZANU-PF was blaming opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai for stalling a deal.

    "A ZANU-PF official said Tsvangirai wanted a transfer of power to him and not a deal to share power," Business Day reported.

    The Star newspaper, also in South Africa, quoted a "member of the talks" as saying the opposition was objecting to Mugabe's insistence on holding on to presidential powers, an apparent reference to offers that would see him take on a more ceremonial role.

    Mugabe, Tsvangirai and the head of a smaller MDC faction, Arthur Mutambara, had spent some four hours at a Harare hotel on Monday in the follow-up to marathon talks the previous day.

    Asked about sticking points as he left the hotel last evening, the 84-year-old president said "they will be overcome".

    Speaking earlier Monday during commemorations honouring fighters who died in the liberation war against white minority rule, Mugabe said Zimbabwe "was not for sale" and "will never be a colony again".

    He also called for "unity guided by basic principles".

    "If you are on the enemy's side or you are being used by enemies, stop it," said Mugabe.

    The Zimbabwean leader has often sought to portray Tsvangirai as a stooge of former colonial power Britain, though his rhetoric has cooled in recent weeks since the two sides engaged in talks.

    Sunday's talks broke up more than 13 hours after the leaders gathered at the hotel, with Mugabe saying afterwards he was "confident" a deal was within reach.

    Zimbabwe's crisis intensified after Mugabe's re-election in a June 27 presidential run-off, which was widely condemned as a sham.

    Tsvangirai boycotted the presidential run-off despite finishing ahead of Mugabe in the March first round vote, citing violence against his supporters that had killed dozens and injured thousands.

    The opposition leader believes his first-round total gives him the right to the lion's share of power. The ruling ZANU-PF party has insisted Mugabe must be recognised as president in any deal, as he won on June 27.

    Negotiations have reportedly included proposals for Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, to take on a more ceremonial role in exchange for amnesty from prosecution, with Tsvangirai being made executive prime minister.
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    Sielewi nini hata madhumuni ya hayamazungumzo....power sharing for what? Miafrika bana...inashangaza sana
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    Wale waliotaka kwenda Zimbabwe...Haya...Kama South Afrika a Mbeki wangeshirikiana na Mugabe kwa kusaidiwa na Mchina...Na nyie mgefanya nini?

    Si mnaona Saakashvili yeye naye anapigania Taifa lake?

    Nani ametuma majeshi yake huko?

    Wao waliwasaidia wamarekani kwa majeshi ya 2000 huko Iraki...Marekani nao watafanya the same?

    Nani wanaokufa huko?

    Nilishasema mambo ya kuingilia migogoro ya watu kwasababu ambazo hazina msingi hayana maana...Kwasababu kama vita ikianza watakaokufa ni waafrika wanaopigana bila ya kujua nini hasa wanapigania..Mara inasemekana ni chakula!

    Hivi kama ni chakula kwanini msile wote kwa ushirikiano kama ndugu!

    Na huko Tanzania si kitu ni kile kile UKABILA,UDINI NK?

    Ni taifa gani tunataka kujenga ambalo limegawanyika kiasi hicho?

    Kwanini lakini tunakuwa kama hatufikirii kuhusu kizazi kijacho na kuwa na msimamo wa kuwasaidia fukara wa Afrika wanokufa njaa na kwa magonjwa?
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    Maslahi ya wazimbabwe na matakwa yao ilikuwa ni MDC. Hizi habari za serikali za umoja wa kitaifa ni kuua Demokrasia Africa. Kwa nini tuwe na serikali za umoja wa kitaifa pale tu chama tawala kinapokuwa kimeshindwa au kinaelekea kushindwa? Kama ndio hivyo basi hata wakati kama huu tungesikia Kiwkete ansema anataka serikali ya kitaifa. Utashangaa tukimpiga chini 2010, Serikali ya umoja wakitaifa Inatoka wapi?

    Maoni ya wannchi katika kura yazingatiwe Africa? Demkrasia Zimbabwe imeuawa, Mgabe, Mwai wanafurahi kwani bado wataendelea kuula kwa kuwaibia wananchi wao kwa hira. Nimechukia sana na mwenendo huu tunakoipeleka demkrasia Africa:(
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    Zimbabwe talks reach deadlock as Mugabe refuses to cede power

    Chris McGreal in Harare guardian.co.uk,
    Tuesday August 12 2008 18:35 BST
    Article history

    Talks to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis were on the brink of collapse tonight as Robert Mugabe refused to surrender control of the government, despite losing the country's last credible election.

    South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, who has been mediating the negotiations, was making a final push to reach agreement before heading back to Pretoria.

    But the two sides remained far apart as the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, continued to insist that democracy be respected.

    Mbeki arrived on Sunday with his aides predicting an agreement within the day in the hope that a new government and parliament would be installed this week, permitting Mbeki to claim a success at a regional heads of government summit in Johannesburg this weekend.

    But although Tsvangirai had endorsed a plan for Mugabe to remain president with a largely ceremonial function, the opposition said it became apparent Zimbabwe's ruler for the 28 years since independence did not intend to give up power.

    Zanu-PF is trying to reach a deal with the leader of a small breakaway Movement for Democratic Change faction, Arthur Mutambara, whose 10 seats in parliament hold the balance of power. Mutambara's statements in recent days indicate that he is receptive to Mugabe's overtures.

    But even if Mugabe were to draw Mutambara in, and then claim to have formed a coalition government with the opposition, it is unlikely to open the door to the foreign money needed to stabilise Zimbabwe's wrecked economy, collapsing under the weight of inflation likely to rise to about 50m% this month.

    Human Rights Watch today said the state-orchestrated campaign of violence that crushed support for Tsvangirai in June's presidential run-off election, after he won the first round of voting three months earlier, had claimed the lives of at least 163 opposition activists and supporters. The group said 32 people have been murdered in political violence since the election.
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    Mbeki leaves Zimbabwe without power-sharing deal

    Wed 13 Aug 2008, 8:41 GMT
    By Nelson Banya

    HARARE, Aug 13 (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki left Zimbabwe on Wednesday after failing to secure a power-sharing deal between its main rivals during marathon talks, adding to doubts over chances of an agreement.

    Mbeki brokered three days of negotiations between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on ending a post-election crisis that has worsened Zimbabwe's spiral of decline.

    Mbeki said negotiations had not broken down, but Mugabe had only reached a deal with the leader of a breakaway opposition faction and he was unsure even that had been signed.

    Mbeki said Tsvangirai was still looking at his options.

    Negotiations followed Mugabe's unopposed re-election in June in a poll from which Tsvangirai withdrew because of attacks on his supporters and which was condemned around the world.

    Mbeki headed to Angola to meet President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, head of the political department of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is worried about the impact of a possible meltdown in Zimbabwe.

    Mbeki, the region's chief negotiator in Zimbabwe, is expected to brief a weekend SADC summit in Johannesburg on the situation in Zimbabwe, a once promising African country whose economy is in ruins.

    Without a comprehensive breakthrough in negotiations, Mbeki may come under renewed pressure to take a tough line with Mugabe, a policy he says would only aggravate political tensions in Zimbabwe.

    Mbeki was confident a solution to the crisis was possible. "I have no doubt that's what will happen," he said after talks ended on Tuesday night. "If it means staying in this country for six months, I will do that".

    There was uncertainty over where talks had got to.

    A senior official of Mugabe's ZANU-PF told Reuters a deal had already been signed with Arthur Mutambara's breakaway faction of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, but a spokesman for that group said it was untrue.

    If such a deal sidelined Tsvangirai, it could make it even harder to end the crisis and ease the hardship of Zimbabweans suffering 2 million percent inflation and shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency.

    Mugabe is expected to convene parliament next week and plans to form a national unity government with Mutambara.

    Mutambara's 10 seats would give the coalition the majority in parliament that ZANU-PF lost in March elections for the first time since independence, but excluding Tsvangirai would be unlikely to heal the deep rift in the southern African country. (Additional reporting by Cris Chinaka and Nelson Banya; writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)
  20. Mpita Njia

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    Haya ni masuala ya kiini macho tu. Jinsi ambavyo nilimsikia Mugabe akizungumza siku ile walipokutana na tsivangirai, bado siamini kuwa anaweza kukubaliana kuwa naye katika serikali ya pamoja. hadi hii leo, Mugabe anaamini kuwa Tsivangirai ni kibaraka na kumkubalia matakwa yake itakuwa ni kuwakubalia Marekani na Uingereza kumshinda kwa mlango wa nyuma. Lets give them time to prove their usanii