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Zimbabwe parties form joint monitoring committee for inclusive gov't
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09:43, February 01, 2009

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Zimbabwe's three main political parties have formally formed the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), effectively paving the way for the formation of an inclusive government, The Herald reported on Saturday.

JOMIC was established under Paragraph 22 of Article XXII of the Global Political Agreement and would be made up of four senior members from each party.

In a statement at the inauguration of JOMIC, a member of the SADC dialogue facilitation team and South Africa Director-General in the Presidency Frank Chikane said the setting up of the committee gave effect to the decision made at the SADC Extraordinary Summit on Monday in South Africa.

The JOMIC would be co-chaired by representatives from the three political parties.

On the committee, Zanu-PF would be represented by Nicholas Goche, who will also be a co-chairman, Patrick Chinamasa, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Oppah Muchinguri.

Elton Mangoma would lead MDC-T committee members as co-chairman. The other members are Elias Mudzuri, Tabita Khumalo and Innocent Chagonda.

The Professor Arthur Mutambara-led MDC formation would be represented on the committee by Professor Welshman Ncube, as co-chairperson, Frank Chamunorwa, Edward Mkhosi and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Interestingly, while all the parties had retained their negotiators in the dialogue in the JOMIC, MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti was not nominated into the committee.

Chikane said JOMIC would ensure the implementation "in letter and spirit" of the power-sharing agreement.

"The committee would assess the implementation of the Global Political Agreement from time to time and consider steps which might need to be taken to ensure the speedy and full implementation of the agreement in its entirety," he said.

The committee would also receive reports and complaints in respect of any issue related to the implementation, enforcement and execution of the agreement.

"It would also serve as a catalyst in creating and promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding between the parties. It would promote continued dialogue between the parties," ha said.

JOMIC would be the principal body dealing with the issues of compliance and monitoring of the agreement.

The parties undertook to channel all complaints, grievances, concerns and issues related to compliance with the agreement through the committee.

The parties should refrain from any conduct, which might undermine the spirit of co-operation necessary for the fulfilment of the agreement.

"Furthermore, the implementation of the Global Political Agreement shall be guaranteed and underwritten by the Sadc facilitator, Sadc and the African Union," said Chikane.

Former South African Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi, who is also a member of the facilitation team, described the formation of JOMIC as a watershed development.

"This signals commitment of the parties since the signing of the agreement," he said.

The formation of JOMIC was identified by Sadc as the first major step towards the implementation of the September 15 agreement.


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