Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, said on Friday that it will accept a power-sharing plan worked out in September and join a unity government with President Robert Mugabe. The leader of that party, Morgan Tsvangirai, will become prime minister.
The move underscores a growing sense in the region that Zimbabwe needed a political solution so it could address its growing humanitarian crisis.
Blogger “Marius Bosch” writes that the agreement might improve prospects for dealing with the country’s cholera epidemic and widespread hunger.
The “Afrodissident” blog writes that the agreement will merely allow Mugabe’s party to retain a “veneer of democratic respectability” and that the Tsvangirai’s party will not have much power.
Blogger “Denford Magora” in Zimbabwe writes that Tsvangirai’s decision to join the government is merely a “face-saving” tactic, and that the opposition party has merely hopped aboard a sinking ship, as the government has no hope of repairing Zimbabwe’s infrastructure.
Zimbabwe is also trying to deal with a paralyzed economy. This week, the United Nations said unemployment has reached 94 percent. Zimbabwe announced that it will allow transactions in other currencies, as the Zimbabwean dollar has been plagued by hyperinflation.
The economic hardship touches just about every part of life in Zimbabwe, including the crumbling education system. This week was supposed to be the start of the new school year, but teachers went on strike over pay.
Blogger “Bishop Kadenge” writes that the education strikes are hurting Zimbabwean parents, who must pay extra money to get home tutors, but that Zimbabweans as a whole are coming together and working as a community.