Zimbabwean Political Parties Launch the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee
Harare- The Negotiating Zimbabwean Political Parties, Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations, assisted by the SADC Facilitation Team, have today Friday 30 January 2009 launched the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) in Harare, Zimbabwe. This development gives effect to the decision of the recently concluded Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, that the first meeting of JOMIC shall be convened by the Facilitator on 30 January 2009.
Paragraph 22 of Article XXII of the Global Political Agreement concluded by the three Zimbabwe negotiating parties in September 2008 envisaged the establishment of the JOMIC composed of four senior members from ZANU-PF and four senior members from each of the two MDC Formations. The JOMIC will be co-chaired by persons from the Parties and has, among others, the following functions:
(a) to ensure the implementation, in letter and spirit, of the Global Political Agreement;
(b) to 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;
(c) to receive reports and complaints in respect of any issue related to the implementation, enforcement and execution of the Agreement;
(d) to serve as catalyst in creating and promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding between the parties; and
(e) to promote continuing dialogue between the Parties.
In addition, JOMIC shall be the principal body dealing with the issues of compliance and monitoring of Global Political Agreement and to that end, the Parties have undertaken to channel all complaints, grievances, concerns and issues relating to compliance with the Global Political Agreement through JOMIC and to refrain from any conduct which might undermine the spirit of co-operation necessary for the fulfilment of the Global Political Agreement.
Furthermore, the implementation of the Global Political Agreement shall be guaranteed and underwritten by the SADC Facilitator, SADC and the African Union.
In keeping with Paragraph 22.1 of the Global Political Agreement, the composition of the JOMIC is as follows:
Professor Welshman Ncube (Co-Chairperson), Mr Frank Chamunorwa , The Honourable Edward Mkhosi and Ms Priscilla Misihairambi-Mushonga,
Hon Elton Mangoma (Co-Chairperson), Hon Elias Mudzuri, Hon Tabita Khumalo and Mr Innocent Changonda
Minister Nicholas T. Goche (Co-Chairperson), Minister Patrick A Chinamasa, Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Ms Oppah Muchinguri
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
30 January 2009