THE Welshman Ncube-led MDC has accused Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of conniving with President Robert Mugabe to block their party leader from participating in the coalition government as one of the principals.
Report by Wonai Masvingise Staff Reporter
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi told NewsDay yesterday that Mugabe and Tsvangirai’s conduct at the just-ended Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference had proved that the pair had connived not to recognise Ncube as a principal.
Chihwayi accused Mugabe and Tsvangirai of continuing to recognise Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara as a principal in defiance of a Sadc Maputo resolution which directed them to engage Ncube as a principal whenever they discuss constitutional matters.
“(MDC-T secretary-general Tendai) Biti communicated to us through our secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga that they had agreed as MDC-T national council that they should respect the Maputo Declaration.
“(MDC Copac co-chairperson Douglas) Mwonzora, however, communicated through our chairperson (Edward) Mkhosi that Mutambara would be on the conference programme as a principal. He said he was taking instructions from the president of the party and that Mutambara should be allowed to speak,” Chihwayi said.
“What happened at the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference shows that Tsvangirai is just a carbon copy of Mugabe. Both of them don’t want Welshman Ncube as a principal in the GNU (Government of National Unity),” he said.
“Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai are working together to fight Professor Ncube and the MDC family because between themselves they agreed to disrespect the Sadc resolution which was very clear. There is a relationship between the two, we are very much aware of that and the two have a plot to oust Ncube from the government.”
Mwonzora yesterday, however, scoffed at Chihwayi’s claims describing them as untrue and a cheap way of sowing discord against Tsvangirai and himself.
“I never talked to MDC-N about the discussion between me and the PM. It is a cheap way of trying to drive a wedge between me and the PM,” said Mwonzora.
“The PM never said those things that he is being accused of. What I know is that Professor Ncube was on the programme, but he chose not to come.
“Their accusation of the PM is the usual cheap propaganda that they are known for. After making one of the most stupid political decisions in living memory, they want to blame someone for that decision.”
“Mwonzora added: “As MDC we abide by the Maputo Declaration and we acted according to the Maputo Declaration and he chose to boycott instead.”.