|Tsvangirai meets NATO commander|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00|
Takunda Maodza Senior Reporter
Gen Clark commanded Operation Allied Forces in the Kosovo war during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai, The Herald is reliably informed, met Gen Clark when he visited Vienna and attended the second meeting of the Centre for Global Dialogue and Co-operation from May 16 to 18.
“The Prime Minister held an hour-long private meeting with General Clark,” a source said.
Before meeting Gen Clark, PM Tsvangirai told delegates attending the Centre for Global Dialogue and Co-operation that Sadc leaders coerced him into forming an inclusive Government with President Mugabe.
“The Prime Minister claimed that Sadc had coerced his party into a power-sharing arrangement which he only accepted in order to prevent the loss of lives in the country,” the source said.
He cited the alleged existence of obstacles to free and fair elections, the need for media reform, lack of respect for the Constitution and the manipulation of Government institutions like the judiciary, army and the police.
“The PM said elections were likely to be held in 2013 and that his party was working towards ensuring peaceful elections,” said the source. “He also informed the meeting that he had asked the President to leave office after he had confided in him that he wanted to relinquish power but could not do so due to divisions within his party.”
PM Tsvangirai went on to claim that President Mugabe had “no legitimacy to rule since the people had rejected him”.
Efforts to get a comment from the PM’s Office were fruitless yesterday.