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Civic Groups Warn Slow Reform Pace Erodes Confidence in Zimbabwe Government

The newly elected chairman of the civil society umbrella organization Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Jonah Gokova, said the Zimbabwe unity government's failure to rapidly implement reforms is undermining confidence on the part of non-governmental organizations

Gokova said the power-sharing administration of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has not solved the country’s problems because it thinks that the solution lies with the three political parties that signed the global political agreement.

Mr. Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change has accused Mr. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party of failing to respect the terms of the September 2008 Global Political Agreement underpinning the power-sharing arrangement put in place in February, among other alleged violations by failing to swear in MDC governors and other officials.

ZANU-PF says the MDC has failed to use its influence with the United States, Britain and other Western countries to obtain the lifting of sanctions on Mr. Mugabe and other officials.

Gokova told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he believes the former ruling ZANU-PF has seized on sanctions to distract attention from other issues.

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