Zanu PF pulls out of peace process

HARARE - Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) business in Mashonaland West Province has been thrown into turmoil after Zanu PF withdrew its structures in protest over alleged bias towards MDC and Western influence.

In a letter to Phylis Musasanure, the Jomic provincial administrator for Mashonaland West on September 18, Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West Province John Mafa said his party had resolved to suspend its structures from participating in Mashonaland West Jomic activities.

Mafa accused Jomic of bias towards Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC members when it reimbursed their travel allowances following a Jomic visit to Murombedzi.

He claims members of other parties did not get the refunds.

Mafa also claimed that Jomic, which was set as cross-party peace building organ, was seeking to effect regime change in the country by engaging western-sponsored non-governmental organisations such as Zimcet to conduct peace building workshops in the province.

The letter, seen by the Daily News, reads in part: “We as the provincial executive of Zanu PF Mashonaland West on the 17th of September 2012 resolved that we suspend our structures from participating in Mashonaland West Jomic activities.

“On the 1st of September 2012, we participated in a Zimcet programme at Orange Groove Hotel under Jomic which was sponsored by the European Union which in turn has sanctions on our country.

‘‘By so doing we feel we were justifying the continued imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe. We were then asked to endorse a regime change agenda by Zimcet whose origins are dubious to say the least.”

Smaller MDCN Jomic provincial co-chairperson for Mashonaland West Tagwirei Ngwenya confirmed Zanu PF’s complaint but could not confirm the allegations.

“Yes Zanu PF raised that complaint but if the allegations are true then it is unfortunate because Jomic must be non-partisan. If MDC-T was indeed reimbursed, the same must apply to all parties. These are issues that can easily be ironed out,” said Ngwenya.

Zanu PF Jomic national co-chairperson Nicholas Goche was not available for comment as he did not pick up his phone.

Mainstream MDC however, said its members had not been reimbursed and they actually wrote to the provincial administrator to facilitate the payment.

In the letter dated September 20, also seen by the Daily News, MDC Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Japhet Karemba expressed disappointment over Zanu PF’s withdrawal saying it jeopardises Jomic operations and efforts at peace building.

“We learnt with great disappointment Zanu PF’s withdrawal from Jomic activities."

"It is true MDC asked for reimbursement for the said Murombedzi meeting but nothing has been reimbursed. However, we humbly ask your office to facilitate the reimbursement. This move by Zanu PF has handicapped Jomic operations in the province. We kindly ask your office to put the house in order to ensure peace prevails in the province,” reads the letter.

Jomic was formed to among other things ensure the implementation in the letter and spirit of the power sharing Global Political Agreement, receive reports and complaints in respect of any issue related to the implementation, enforcement and execution of the agreement and to serve as a catalyst in creating and promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding between parties.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo refused to comment referring questions to Jomic national co-chairperson Nicholas Goche who did not pick up his phone. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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