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Sunday, 20 July 2008

Kenya PM says negotiations will begin this week

Odinga tells Tsvangirai the time has come to talk

Hopes that real negotiations between Zimbabwe's two political forces will begin soon were raised yesterday (Sunday) when the Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga said on British television that Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition MDC, has agreed to talks with Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

Odinga, one of the few African leaders prepared to state publicly that Mugabe should go, said: "I have told him (Tsvangirai) to negotiate," and he predicted that the MDC leader will come face-to-face with Mugabe in South Africa this week.

"We will shortly see big changes in Zimbabwe," Odinga told his British interviewer. He said the talks would be chaired by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, and overseen by observers from the African Union and the United Nations.

First step in such negotiations will be the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out conditions under which talks could proceed.  Tsvangirai had previously refused to sign, saying talks were impossible until Mugabe stopped the state-sponsored violence in Zimbabwe, and freed more than 1,500 MDC activists currently in police custody.

An African Union summit in Egypt last month called for dialogue between Zanu-PF and the MDC, with the aim of establishing a government of national unity. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, designed to bring pressure on Mugabe to co-operate, was vetoed by Russia and China

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Mugabe should choose someone to go to southafrica and talk to the mdc. The man at 84 cannot held any talks, Lets try and be practical Mugabe can agree on everything and when he comes back to Zim he will forget everything.
The Mdc and the people of Zim has got a long way to go. The army generals must be included in these talks otherwise we will goforward and backwards.Baba avavakura ichi ndicho chokwadi havachagona kutaurirana 1hr patafura kwete ndaramba. This is just a gimmick

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