During the past several weeks, President Mbeki of South Africa has been charged by the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to work with President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and his leading opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) in order to reach a compromise over who should rule the nation. A rumor has just emerged which indicates President Mugabe may have reached out to a splinter group of the MDC in order to circumvent Tsvangirai who actually won the presidential election held in March. Arthus Mutambara, head of the splinter group denies the rumor but observers noted he was smiling and appeared confident he had gained some sort of victory. Mbeki denied the talks had not collapsed and said discussions were still proceeding.
However, when questioned by reporters, President Mbeki admitted Mugabe and Mutambara had “agreed” on some sort of arrangement. Tsvangirai’s section of the MDC holds 100 seats in Parliament to the Mugabe Zanu-PF 99 seats while Mutambara holds 10 seats. The rumors indicate Mutambara might break ranks with Tsvangirai if promised an important government post by Mugabe.
If the proposed deal goes through western nations, and many African ones, will be furious at this blatant violation by Mugabe of promises to negotiate in good faith. Zimbabwe will be subjected to sanctions and isolated causing even thousands more to flee the country and join the estimated two million who already have fled.