Swear in Makore, demands MDC

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC-T party wants its nominee for Governor of Harare to be sworn in urgently.

Under the terms of the GPA, signed more than two years ago, the MDC is entitled to appoint five regional governors. But President Robert Mugabe has resisted this, keeping all the Zanu (PF) governors in their positions.

The Harare seat fell vacant in February following the death of David Karimanzira. A Zanu (PF) administrator has been acting governor since then.

MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, told The Zimbabwean that Senator James Makore must now take office.

The January 2009 SADC communiqué, issued exactly two weeks before the GNU came into being, says "the provincial governors will be sworn in at the soonest opportunity."

In addition, the principals decided that the six governors whose

tenure was to be terminated as a result of that agreement would be paid

compensation. But Zanu (PF) has refused

to let the MDC governors take office – demanding that Western countries

remove targeted sanctions on Zanu (PF) officials first.

Other excuses being bandied about is that there is no money for termination

packages and that the office of the governor is an extension of the

President's office. Therefore, argue Zanu (PF) hawks, provincial

governors serve at the pleasure of the President and not the Prime


The MDC says this is all nonsense. Zanu (PF) is bound by its

Signature of the GPA and must stop blocking the MDC governors from taking office.

Mwonzora said the Harare case was peculiar because the seat is vacant

unlike the other four posts reserved for the MDC-T, whose nominees are

Seiso Moyo for Bulawayo, Lucia Matibenga for Masvingo, Julius Magaramombe for

Manicaland and Tose Sansole for Mat North.

Mwonzora said his party would block any attempts by Zanu

(PF) to appoint the Harare metropolitan provincial governor of its


“We have heard that Zanu (PF) members are positioning themselves for

the vacancy but we would like to tell our colleagues that we are

opposed to them retaking the governorship of Harare. Zanu (PF) must

know that they are not alone in government and they must adhere to

regulations we signed with them in the GPA.

Official sources say provincial heavyweights, including Tendai Savanhu, Amos Midzi and Nyasha Chikwinya, were eying the post, which comes with fabulous perks, including a Mercedes Benz and a governor’s mansion in The Grange.

A veteran MDC member, Makore served as one of Tsvangirai’s closest aides before the GNU was formed.

He was a director in Tsvangirai's office up until 2007 when he decided

to run for political office. Makore contested and won the Chitungwiza

Senator post on an MDC ticket in March 2008.

A war veteran, Makore trained in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. He was

later responsible for recruiting Zanla cadres. He says he remained in Zanu (PF) after Independence up

until 1997. Asked why he left the liberation movement, Makore said: "There were areas of disagreements, labour issues, external wars etc," he said in reference to Zimbabwe's involvement in the DRC.

Makore is one of the trade unionists from the ZCTU who joined hands

with Tsvangirai and many others to form the MDC. He served as overall

coordinator in 1999, then as director of organizing in 2001, rising to

become a director in Tsvangirai's office.

Makore says he is confident of leading the city towards a brighter

future – after all, it takes both a solid vision and years of

experience to navigate the complex labyrinth of Harare politics – the

centre of government power.

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