Tsvangirai briefs Mutharika on Zim Government ‘discord’

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai  on Wednesday paid a day-long visit to Malawi where he briefed President Bingu waMutharika on the shaky coalition government.

“I’m engaging all SADC (Southern African Development Community) leaders because I’m concerned with the discord in our shared government,” Tsvangirai told journalists after the closed-door meeting at Mutharika’s New State House.

The visit comes at a time when his relationship with President Robert Mugabe are strained. There have been public mud-slinging between Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Mugabe’s ZANU PF.

Tsvangirai said SADC leaders and the international community must work towards ensuring free and fair polls in Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai: Briefed Mutharika

“We should not be an exception in SADC,” he said.

The dampened spirits of Zimbabwe were lifted when Tsvangirai declared his party would enter a unity government under terms negotiated at a special regional summit.

Following an extraordinary meeting of SADC leaders in Pretoria, South Africa , in January 2009, they announced Zimbabwe’s political rivals would form a power-sharing government as initially agreed in September 2008.

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