Zanu PF ministers last week snubbed the Council of Ministers’ meeting called by Tsvangirai in a well calculated move intended to prove the premier’s impotence in the coalition government.
Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the move was meant to provoke Tsvangirai with the hope that the MDC-T would disengage from the government and therefore opening the way for calling of early elections.
“They hoped that if they undermined the Prime Minister, the MDC-T would pull out of the coalition,” said Mwonzora. “The Prime Minister is not going to allow such provocation to push him to make such a decision,” he said.
Zanu PF has of late been trying to ram the MDC formations into fast-tracking the constitution-making process with the aim of holding elections before the end of the year and without full implementation of agreed political reforms under the GPA.
Mwonzora said the MDC-T would only walk away from the coalition arrangement after achieving three critical issues the parties signed the GPA for.
“The MDC-T entered into the coalition arrangement to ameliorate the economic suffering, reduce the impunity and violence from the levels it had reached in 2008 and to bring in a constitutional dispensation for the people,” Mwonzora said.
Zanu PF ministers have been systematically bunking the Council of Ministers’ meetings since the formation of the coalition government as well as deliberately avoiding implementing agreed reforms to try and collapse the GPA.
“The behaviour is basically arrogant and a display of childish indiscipline. Zanu PF ministers with the responsibility to bring about the legislative reforms are deliberately delaying implementation of agreed issues,” Mwonzora said.
The MDC-T has also been subjected to systematic political persecution and politically-motivated trials with its rank and file members being frequently arrested on trumped up charges and refused bail.
Presently, 29 party activists, including national youth chairperson Solomon Madzore, are languishing in remand prison facing murder allegations. Mwonzora said the MDC was concerned by the arbitrary arrests and was engaging partners in the government on a way forward.