Tsvangirai fires Cabinet ministers


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is today expected to reshuffle his Cabinet in the shaky coalition in a move that will see several ministers from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) transferred to different ministries and others falling by the wayside.
Tsvangirai is widely expected to drop the bombshell today at a press conference after he failed to do so on Monday.
This comes in the wake of reports that ministers in the fragile inclusive government, born out of a compromise political agreement, have been failing to deliver and missed targets of the ambitious 100-Day Plan launched by the premier on May 13 last year.
However, under the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed in September 2008 by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara, any Cabinet reshuffle by any of the principals has to be done in consultation with the other two.
Impeccable sources told NewsDay yesterday that Tsvangirai consulted President Mugabe who in turn asked Mutambara whether he had been consulted to which he answered, “no”.
The sources said President Mugabe then advised Tsvangirai to inform Mutambara of his intentions which he did.
“Whether or not he (Tsvangirai) is going to go through with it is his baby,” a source said. “It’s really up to him because the other principals cannot veto his decision to reshuffle. They can only air their views and opinion, but the final decision is Tsvangirai’s.”
Insiders within the top echelons of the MDC-T said Tsvangirai was expected to announce his new line-up on Monday but cancelled a planned press conference on the advice that he needed to prepare for the consequences.
Cabinet, which traditionally meets every Tuesday and is chaired by President Mugabe, is the supreme decision-making body of the executive, whose major function is to make and approve government policies.
A senior official in the PM’s office, however, said the planned Monday press conference was cancelled because the weekly meetings between Tsvangirai and President Mugabe had taken long.
The PM was again unable to call the press conference yesterday because he was tied up in Cabinet, the official said.
“I can’t say what the Prime Minister was going to announce besides telling you that his meeting with the President on Monday took too long and today he is tied up in Cabinet.
So the press conference will be tomorrow (today),” he said. Sources said at least 10 MDC-T ministers will be affected. Those to be reshuffled are reportedly Theresa Makone (Public Works), Fidelis Mhashu (Housing and Social Amenities), Giles Mutsekwa (Home Affairs), Gabuza Joel Gabbuza (State Enterprises and Parastatals), Elton Mangoma (Economic Planning and Investment Promotion) and Elias Mudzuri (Energy and Power Development).
Others are deputy
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