The unilateral communication to Sadc by the Justice ministry through Patrick Chinamasa is a classic example of the existence of a parallel government run by Zanu PF. Here is a minister who –– by the looks of things –– took a decision on behalf of the Zimbabwean government without cabinet consultation and approval.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai confirmed that Chinamasa did not consult him nor ever raised the subject for discussion in cabinet. The big question is who gave Chinamasa the approval to do that. The obvious answer is that there is another “midnight government” sitting behind curtains and approving such actions by Chinamasa. It’s so hard to believe that someone as educated as Chinamasa overlooked the necessity of addressing the Sadc matter without adhering to correct protocol.
The recent communication by Gideon Gono to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in which he is attempting to go behind the back of his boss the Finance minister Tendai Biti is also another example of the existence of this parallel government. Gono’s clash with Biti is always centred on the former’s refusal to stop quasi-fiscal activities which are beyond the terms of reference of a central bank governor. His duty with regards to the funds received from the IMF was merely to advise the government particularly the Finance ministry on how the money can be utilised. Gono instead went as far as writing to the IMF trying to spend the money in the manner he thought reasonable. Again it is impossible to think that Gono overlooked the correct protocol. The conclusion is that Gono is taking such instructions from a parallel government being run by Zanu PF.
The Public Service Commission’s conduct also demonstrates the hidden hand of the parallel government. According to Tsvangirai some of his staff that he has recommended to be made civil servants are still being ignored because of unspecified reasons. If someone can go back to 1980 when the country got its independence and try to find out how long it took the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s staff to become civil servants, then they will see the lie behind the reason that certain civil service positions require the said experience. The truth is that Zanu PF does not want to co-habit with the opposition. The Public Service Commission should be taking supervision from the Prime Minister but it seems they are taking instructions from somewhere else.
Another example of this parallel government is evident within the Information and Publicity ministry. They still allow hate language, propaganda and even outright lies to be disseminated against fellow citizens abusing the public media. First class examples include the double standards being demonstrated on the licensing of new newspapers. Can Webster Shamu explain to the nation how the H-Metro, a newspaper that never operated before was licensed ahead of the Daily News? If the Zimbabwe Media Commission is yet to exist then all applicants must wait. But is it not the same. He defied a court order and barred journalists from covering the Comesa summit and even refusing to take instructions from the Prime Minister because he was not “appointed” by him, but by President Mugabe. What better example to demonstrate to the whole world the existence of a parallel government than this minister’s actions.
Go to the ICT ministry and you will see the hidden hand of a parallel government trying to usurp the power of that ministry. The Attorney General’s office also seems to be taking instructions to persecute opposition legislators and at one point sank as low as to order the arrest of two journalists from the Zimbabwe Independent.
Stanley Tapfumaneyi Tapera,