First to meet the President at the Partys headquarters, Harvest House in Harare were members of the civil society, trade unions and churches followed by diplomats in the afternoon.
During the briefing, President Tsvangirai expressed concern over the Constitutional crisis that the country faced because of the unilateral appointments of senior government officials by Robert Mugabe. He said Mugabe had willfully and blatantly violated the principles of democratisation which are the foundation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by illegally appointing illegally senior officials.
Mugabe has since 2008 been illegally and unconstitutionally making senior appointments, which is against the GPA. The GPA clearly states that executive authority in the inclusive government shall vest in, and be shared among the President and the Prime Minister. As a result Mugabe has no authority to make the appointments without consulting President Tsvangirai first.
President Tsvangirai said the MDC and the people of Zimbabwe would not recognise any of the appointments made by Mugabe over the past 20 months. These include; the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the Attorney-General, five High Court judges, six ambassadors, the Police Service Commission and the 10 provincial governors that were unilaterally and furtively appointed by Mugabe last week.
Meanwhile, the MDC St Marys Organising Secretary, Connie Taruvinga, who died yesterday at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare will be buried tomorrow at the Warren Hills at 2 pm. Mai Taruvinga died from injuries she sustained after she was involved in a car accident of 11 September on her way from the MDC 11th anniversary celebrations that were held at Gokwe Centre. Mourners are gathered at Number 138B, Harava Street in Chitungwiza.
In Gweru, Midlands South province, heavily armed police details today raided the Democratic Councils Forum (DEMCOF) offices in search of radios and subversive documents and arrested Cleopas Shiri, the DEMCOF training coordinator. Armed with two search warrants, one for radios and another for the subversive documents, the police rummaged through the offices and threatened employees present. They are looking for the DEMCOF director, Last Maengahama.
According to the DEMCOF programme assistant officer, Didymus Dehwa, the police arrested Shiri and took with them 862 radios. Shiri is detained at Gweru Central Police Station but no charges have been laid against him.
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