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Tsvangirai, Mugabe are just power-hungry — Makoni

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Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni has described the three principals in the inclusive government, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara, as “indecisive and power-hungry” leaders.

The attack by the former Zanu PF politburo member comes at a time when temperatures are rising in the country’s body politic amid increased talk of the possibility of elections later in the year.

In a written response to questions from NewsDay, Makoni said: “The so-called principals are indecisive, prevaricating and power- hungry.

“Their performance is dismal and disastrous for the people. They have invested most of their time, energy and effort in fighting for power and positions.

“They have also abused a big chunk of the meagre resources of the country for their personal welfare and comfort, and that of those around them.”

Makoni is not the first opposition leader to take a dig at the leadership.

Recently–elected MDC president Welshman Ncube attacked President Mugabe, saying “he does not have a God-given right to rule forever”, while describing the mainstream MDC led by PM Tsvangirai as fraught with “pseudo-democrats and hypocrites”.

Makoni, who ran as an independent presidential candidate in 2008, coming a distant third after Tsvangirai and Mugabe, said there was need for elections to be held as soon as possible to give voters a chance to choose their destiny.

“Two years of the conflict-ridden inclusive government has brought very little improvement to the lives of Zimbabweans,” said Makoni.

“So, it is sensible that the electorate be given the earliest opportunity to break the impasse.”

Since the formation of the inclusive government two years ago, Mugabe and Tsvangirai have been at each other’s throats.

Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe of making unilateral decision chief among them the re-appointment of provincial governors and ambassadors that at one time threatened the existence of the inclusive government.

On the other hand, Mugabe accuses Tsvangirai of not doing enough to have sanctions removed.

Makoni said there was no need to prolong unnecessarily Zimbabwe’s transition to normalcy.

“The GPA provides an adequate, albeit imperfect transitional framework.

“Let it be implemented honestly, diligently and effectively,” said Makoni.

“That way, we will lay a solid foundation for the country to move, not only to free and fair elections, but to the building of a new nation, in which the rights and freedoms of all citizens are respected, protected and promoted and the promise of independence is realised by all.”

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