26 Jan 2009 -As African leaders met in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her concern about the situation in Zimbabwe. She urged South African regional leaders to pressure Zimbabwean “President” Robert Mugabe to share power with opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai. In Brussels on Monday, the European Union increased pressure on Mugabe's regime by adding 27 individuals and 36 firms to a list of EU economic sanctions because of Harare's continued human rights violations. Zimbabwe suffers from a massive cholera outbreak and economic meltdown amid a continuing political deadlock.
After a sleepless night 27 JAN 2009 - A summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) in South Africa concluded its fifth attempt to broker an agreement between Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) by saying a deal had been hammered out. Under this, it said, the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, would be sworn in as prime minister next month after a constitutional amendment created the post.
Nqobizitha Mlilo, an MDC spokesman, said leaders of the opposition party would meet on Friday to decide their next move. "The MDC has not agreed to go into government of national unity," he said. "How could we agree to go into a government of national unity when the issues have not been resolved?"
When asked about the MDC comments, a spokesman for Motlanthe said a deal had been reached.
Who do we believe? Haven’t we heard this tune before?