Tsvangirai told his MDC-T partys The Changing Times newsletter that Mugabe should desist from his electioneering rhetoric that has only helped stoke political tensions in the country even before a date for the new polls has been discussed let alone agreed upon by the President and Prime Minister.
He said Mugabes Zanu (PF) had prematurely thrust itself into a violent election campaign mode following careless utterances by its leadership. “President Mugabe continues to needlessly cause alarm and despondency by pretending to be oblivious to the fact that this is a coalition government,” Tsvangirai said. “The President and the Prime Minister now share executive authority and one cannot act exclusively in making executive decisions.”
The global political agreement (GPA) and Constitutional Amendment No 19 requires Mugabe to consult Tsvangirai before calling elections. However legal experts say in the event of the GPA collapsing or Mugabe and Tsvangirai failing to reach agreement on elections, the President who practically still wields a lot of his old powers can cause an election to be held.Post published in: Opinions