President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai failed to hold their routine Monday meeting on Monday where they were expected to discuss the fate of Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and the constitution-making process, among other contentious issues.
Both Tsvangirai and Mugabe’s spokespersons, Luke Tamborinyoka and George Charamba respectively, confirmed the development, adding the meeting was called off after they failed to receive an update report on the constitution-making report from the Copac management committee.
“The meeting did not take place today (Monday) because one of the key issues they were to discuss was on the constitution and they were supposed to receive a report from the management committee which they had not received, hence could not go ahead with the meeting,” said Tamborinyoka.
Charamba concurred: “The meeting would have taken place today (Monday) and (the principals) were to receive a report from the Copac management committee, but the management committee had not finalised their consultations and as a result the meeting did not take place.”
He, however, indicated the two leaders could reconvene anytime soon after receiving the report.
Tsvangirai has accused Mugabe of unilaterally appointing and/or reappointing senior government officials without consulting him as per provisions of the Global Political Agreement.
Last week, Charamba claimed Mugabe had extended Chihuri’s term until 2014.
Earlier, Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara had told journalists Mugabe had agreed to retain Chihuri in an acting capacity pending recommendations from a reconstituted Police Service Commission.