Meetings not legally binding: Ncube warns Mugabe, Tsvangirai

The President of the smaller faction of the MDC, Welshman Ncube, believes President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are colluding to stop him from taking up his post as Deputy Prime Minister.

Welshman Ncube, President of MDC-N: PM still supporting Mutambara.
Welshman Ncube, President of MDC-N: PM still supporting Mutambara.

He says Mugabe and Tsvangirai ganged up to block his suggestion to create a separate forum where party leaders could meet to receive and discuss reports from the GPA negotiators, the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee and the constitution commission, COPAC.

Ncube maintains these reports are supposed to be ratified by leaders of political parties, not leaders of government.

Ncube said he had come to terms with the fact that Mugabe and Tsvangirai were standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his party’s former president, Arthur Mutambara, but warned that any decision made in the regular principals’ meetings was not legally binding on his party.

The convoluted power struggle between Ncube and Mutambara began at the party’s congress on January 8-9. It has been characterised by fierce rhetoric, court action, dismissals and counter-dismissals and shifting political alliances.

“My secretary general and I went to see to Mugabe and said: ‘There is nothing on earth which will persuade you over the Mutambara issue, including having him in your meetings; so you can continue with your meetings. But there is a problem because he is not the leader of any party, so you need to create a forum where the leaders of the parties will receive the reports’,” said Ncube.

“The other example we gave was reports from JOMIC. ‘It doesn’t make sense for you to say these reports will be considered in your meetings with Tsvangirai and Mutambara because if you change anything that we would have agreed to at negotiators level it will not bind us as a party, we will refuse to be bound.' That’s what we said to him.”

Ncube said Mugabe agreed, but told him: “Why don’t you start by persuading the Prime Minister so that I can talk to the Prime Minister when you have persuaded him?”

“So we put this proposal to Tsvangirai and he says, ‘I see no problem with it and I will talk to the president, I am in agreement, let’s deal with this. Mutambara can stay as Deputy Prime Minister as principal for government business and not for party business,’” said Ncube.

Ncube said the following Tuesday, after cabinet he went to see Mugabe again, together with his secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

“We said, ‘you promised to get your report to us on your conversation with the Prime Minister. Did you speak to him, have you reached any agreement?' He then says, 'as a matter of fact we met yesterday and discussed this issue. The Prime Minister and I agreed that we must await the court processes. On all of these things we must maintain the status quo and await the court process,’” reported Ncube.

He said there was no court interdict preventing Mugabe from exercising his powers and duties to relieve Mutambara, nor barring him from taking office.

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