No Government Without MDC-T — Mutambara Faction

THE smaller formation of the MDC headed by Arthur Mutambara this week insisted that it will not be party to a government of national unity that excludes the Morgan Tsvangirai faction.

Speculation has been rife in political circles that Mutambara and President Robert Mugabe would form a government without the MDC-T after the robotics professor recently suggested that Tsvangirai was a puppet of Britain and the United States.

Mutambara recently met Mugabe and deliberated on the need for the urgent formation of an inclusive government.

The 84-year-old Mugabe said a new government would be in place by the end of next month.

Edwin Mushoriwa, the spokesperson of the Mutambara faction, told the Zimbabwe Independent that his party still stood by its position that it will only enter into an all-inclusive government involving all the three political parties.

“Our position has not changed. The agreement signed by the political leaders clearly indicates that it can only be consummated when all the three political parties are involved,” Mushoriwa said. “There has been talk that President Mugabe has reached an agreement to form a government with Mutambara, but that is not true.”

He said the party was agreed with some of the demands Tsvangirai wants to be met before the new government is appointed.

Mushoriwa further dismissed claims in some sections of the local media that Mutambara and Mugabe would share ministerial portfolios initially allocated to Tsvangirai.

“The allegations are false and there is no way that could happen. The all inclusive government will only become effective once Constitutional Amendment Number 19 has been passed and the amendment is the one that creates the posts of Prime Minister and his deputies. How will Mutambara become a deputy without the Prime Minister?” Mushoriwa asked. “There are two options — either the Bill passes through parliament and the posts are created or the Bill is rejected and the posts are not created and there will be no inclusive government to talk about.”

Zimbabwe has been without an effective government since the March 2008 harmonised elections, which failed to produce a clear presidential election winner between Mugabe and Tsvangirai resulting in a run-off on June 27.

Tsvangirai pulled out of the race citing violence against his supporters, but the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission went ahead with the one-man poll which Mugabe won by over 85%.

The run-off was widely condemned as a sham, prompting Sadc and the African Union to force Mugabe to enter into talks with Tsvangirai and Mutambara for power sharing.

A deal was clinched last September, but immediately ran into problems over allocation of key ministerial portfolios and other key government posts.

BY LOUGHTY DUBE