MDC asks for UN and AU Intervention after possible breakdown in Power Sharing Deal in Zimbabwe
According to reports from ABC-Radio Australia which I heard on my shortwave radio on the 18TH of October 2008 at 8:00AM EST, the power sharing deal between Mugabe and the opposition MDC is in the process of breaking down. The reasons are secondary to the selection of cabinet posts. The MDC has accused the Mugabe Government of "power grabbing" instead of "power sharing" according to reports from the ABC-Radio Australia reporter based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Former South African President Mbeki is in the process of visiting Zimbabwe. Regardless, the MDC has asked for mediation from the UN and the African Union since they "are the guarantors of the [power sharing] agreement". Mugabe and ZANU have accused the MDC of "stalling to bring about UN Intervention" and further stated that MDC is "influenced by USA and GB". Mugabe and ZANU have also accused the MDC of having a "hidden agenda". The MDC has accused Mugabe and ZANU of wanting to maintain control of the defence ministry, finance ministry, and home affairs which have to do with control of the police. The MDC has repeated that it does not trust Mbeki and the concept of the police under the control of Mugabe and ZANU.
I have attempted to contact people in Zimbabwe who cannot be mentioned out of fear of reprisals. I invite anyone within Zimbabwe to contribute to this story and see if there has been any resolution to the latest round of the never ending Zimbabwe Crisis.