‘Cautious optimism’ over Zim power share

South African agricultural leaders are cautiously optimistic about the power-sharing deal between Zimbabwean leaders.
Issue date : 26 September 2008

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South African agricultural leaders are cautiously optimistic about the power-sharing deal between Zimbabwean leaders. R obert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangerai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Arthur Mutambara, the leader of a breakaway MDC faction, finally reached agreement.

 Mugabe will remain president and head of cabinet, while Tsvangerai has been appointed prime minister and chairperson of a council of ministers supervising cabinet. Fifteen seats in cabinet have been allocated to Zanu PF, 13 to the MDC and three to Mutambara’s breakaway faction. Local leaders have taken a cautious “wait and see” attitude to the agreement, and said the agreement must not be seen as a magic wand offering a solution to the country’s deep-rooted problems – it’s but the first step in a long and uphill battle. The continued role of Robert Mugabe seems to be cause for concern. – Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.