‘Mugabe misreads GNU provisions’

THE MDC-T has accused President Robert Mugabe of misinterpreting provisions of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) when he declared that the coalition government would automatically collapse when Parliament’s lifespan ends on June 29.

Report by Wonai Masvingise

Mugabe last week told a Zanu PF central committee meeting that the GNU would end next month.

“What Mugabe said is factually and legally wrong. Factually the GNU does not end on 29 June. It is Parliament whose life expires on 29 June, but the government may proceed functioning up to four months after 29 June,” MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said.

“In terms of the new Constitution, the GNU arrangement continues to exist until the swearing-in of the new President. In other words, the offices of the President, Vice-President,
Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers continue to exist until the swearing-in of the next President.”

However, Zanu PF’s Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana maintained that the GNU would collapse next month and only the Presidium would remain in office.

“The GNU came as a result of the March 2008 election and so it came arising with the Parliament. The (Global Political) Agreement falls away when Parliament dissolves, but the
President continues in office,” Mangwana said.

“The person with the mandate to choose a Cabinet that will continue for 90 days after Parliament dissolves will be the President and he can choose and drop any ministers he wishes. The President can drop ministers from the other two parties if he so wishes.”

41 Responses to ‘Mugabe misreads GNU provisions’

  1. mabhunu muchapera May 8, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    matsotsi eZANU aya achakonzeresa

    • L. Makombe May 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      MDC IS NOW AFRAID OF ELECTIONS. LET US BEHAVE LIKE ADULTS. IF MORGAN HAS BEEN SAYING THE GNU IS A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE AND IS NOT WORKING, WHY THEN SHOULD THEY WANT TO REMAIN IN IT. THESE GUYS ARE NOW ENJOYING THEMSELVES THAT IS WHY THEY WANT TO REMAIN IN THE GNU AT ALL COSTS. COME JUNE 28, SOME OF THEM WILL NOT BE AT WORK, LUCK, BITI AND COMPANY WHO ALREADY HAVE JOBS.

      • Ndini May 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

        Sorry L. Makombe. Uchabaiwa panorwadza pamwe ndiko kuti uziwe

    • KEDO May 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). wAKE UP AFRICANS, Don’t waste your precious time talking politics because life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

  2. dicaz May 8, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    yu mdcs yu are stupids yu are the ones who were crying fo early polls nw machinja fo shuwa yu are chinjas we are tired of gnu yenyu Bob toda even tmro maelections tibvise vanhu vasina direction vanamorgan pasi nemachinja

    • Professor Tambaoga May 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Dicaz, its not only about the issue of having elections. Its about having free and fair elections whose result will be accepted both locally and internationally. Has a conducive environment for free and fair elections been created in Zimbabwe? The answer is no. Have the Army, Police and other security establishments shown a commitment to respect the will of the people by accepting civilian rule? The answer is no? What about media freedom, “Are Zimbabweans free to share there feelings on politics in public? The answer is no. What about the postal ballot used to rig polls where Security personnel and the so-called neighborhood watch of the ZRP vote under the watchful eye of their commanders and told where to put the X as if they are illiterate.Do we now have external presiding officers for this group of people? ZANU PF is also busy recruiting applicants without five ‘O’ level passes into the Army in all provinces in an apparent vote buying exercise. So what are we talking about? A sham election. Power should not just be handed over to Mugabe or Tsvangirayi, they should sell their policies to the people and the people should decide who should rule them in a free and fair manner as happened prior to the run-off. If ZANU PF is not willing to concede to these reforms, then let them rule till kingdom come. The Service Chiefs have also threatened that they will not accept any other leader without any liberation war credentials. They have not even indicated that they will resign. What they do is insult Tsvangirayi to please the Mugabe regime. So why is the MDC going into this election. By insulting Tsvangirayi, the generals are also insulting over a million Zimbabweans who voted Tsvangirayi. Zimbabweans are not stupid. Lets contribute wisely for the good of our people.

      • chinja 4life May 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

        Makuma @Proffesor tambaoga ndinobvumirana nemi. Ngatisangoitai maelection zvezita tinoda zvinhu zvinoita kuti tiende mberi. Tirisiyiwa nenguva takasvinura. Vanhu varikutambura. No elections if there are no reforms.

      • Zvakwana May 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

        You have presented some good facts my friend. We currently do not have conditions for a credible election. The perpetrators of the murders that occurred just after the 2008 election are still roaming free despite the fact that police know who they are. That is why rational people are calling for security sector reforms.
        I respect Morgan because ZanuPF is throwing everything at him to unsettle and destroy him but he has remained steadfast. Judging by the petty attacks in the Herald, Sunday Mail and ZBC; on top of the constant scrutiny and threats from ZRP, Army and CIO, Tsvangirai is doing something right. Why else would ZanuPF spend so much time, energy and millions of dollars trying to destroy Tsvangirai if he was as useless as they say?
        We need a free and fair election so that going forward Zimbabwe gets a Govt which is accountable to the people and lead us to prosperity instead of being the laughing stock of the region.

      • pchindungu May 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

        THANK YOU PROFESSOR- YOU HAVE FEARS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARY. ONE MAN/WONAM VOTE MEANS ‘YOU’ ALONY WITH YOU PEN IN THE BALOT BOX. THEN THE CHOICE IS YOURS MINUS VOTE-BUYING OF ANY NATURE. SO DO NOT WORRY THE NUMBER OF COUNTED VOTES WILL PRONOUNCE THE GOVERNMENT.

    • KEDO May 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). wAKE UP AFRICANS, Don’t waste your precious time talking politics because life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

  3. tawaz May 8, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    inonzi authority versus logic hence power without control which is what some of us have always dreamt of

    • KEDO May 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      I See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). wAKE UP AFRICANS, Don’t waste your precious time talking politics because life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

  4. XOXO May 8, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    The person with the mandate to choose a Cabinet that will continue for 90 days after Parliament dissolves will be the President and he can choose and drop any ministers he wishes. The President can drop ministers from the other two parties if he so wishes.”………..it only shows kuty their stance of elections on or before June 29 is invalid

  5. Soulman May 8, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    True Mugabe has failed to read provisions of gpa. The current executive frm president, prime minister to ministers will still remain until a new president is sworn in after elections. Its clear as Day! Finally i doubt elections cn be held in June even without reforms cz so many events hve to be concluded like voters roll etc

    • KEDO May 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). wAKE UP AFRICANS, Don’t waste your precious time talking politics because life is too short. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

  6. TapzDubz May 8, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Well. I pray that the lifespan of the GNU be prolonged for, further, five years. Look at the country’s economy and realise how much it has developed. Long live GNU and GPA. May the Almighty answer my prayer on the issue.

    • bruno.... May 8, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      we are tired of ths GNU thng the earlier th betr

    • Professor Tambaoga May 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      You are right my friend. History has shown us that its is very dangerous to operate under a one party state. The country’s economy started to show serious signs of distress in early 2000. Those who want to rule alone want to continue abusing our resources. ZANU PF or MDC, the power should be shared. Once we have an impartial Police Force then everything will be super in this country. This habit of Police arresting corrupt elements from MDC only while the ZANU PF turks remain untouchable stinks. By protecting ZANU PF cronies, they are telling the nation that corruption is legal in ZANU PF. Inongozoshata kana ukadya wega sezvakaita Madiro. A parliament like the current one prevents wanton abuse of power.

      • pchindungu May 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

        SORRY PROFESSOR-DO YOU HEAR THE CONSTITUITION BIIL BEING READ NOW 1512HRS IN PARLIAMENT. THIS ANSWERS ALL YOUR WORRIES. THANK YOU.

  7. cde kereke May 8, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    voter’s roll and primary election can be solved in one day. ZANU PF is ready for election. We are tired of pupets in our Gvt.

  8. Sekuru Jukwa May 8, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Itai tione mazanoid mudzinge mdc-t we’re ready for that but wait a min,there is a price for everything, mashops anongofuma ava empty! Kikikikikiki!

  9. bruno.... May 8, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    this GNU thng is nolonger beneficial to our economy at all.its ideal tht we hv one party gvt there will be accountability tht way

  10. tsvangirai May 8, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    yah pasi na ma MDC we wnt to awy w em n elections should be held on the 29th of june nyangwe maborangoma e MDC aka chema kuty hati dzore tsvimbo nekuty gudo ravhara kumeso torova para vhara ipapo… pamberi na President MUGABE

  11. Phunyukabemphethe May 8, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    MDCT and Gukurahundi ZANU PF are two sides of the same coin. They are just the same Shona Gukurahundi tribalists.

    Mthwakazi and the Midlands I urge you, dont vote for Shona Gukurahundis. They claim you sold the country, dont vote for them, vote MDC Green for Unity in diversity; level-headedness, peace, prosperity and tranquility.

    Dont vote for people who claim the country is theirs alone by vitue of their numbers, despite the fact that they are known generational land thieves of the SAN lands in Southern Africa.

    THEY HATE YOU WITH A PASSION AND THATS AN UNDENIABLE FACT!!!

    Dont be used like PF ZAPU was used in the Patritic Front to remove Ian Smith only to be dumped by the mwanawekumusha brigade, vote for modesty in MDC and inclusivity!!

    Down with Gukurahundi Shona arrogance, down. Leave the Gukurahundis, leave Tswangirayi. Leave Gukurahundi Mugabe!!

  12. Travers Vinti May 8, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Then we go back to the question of legitimacy.Mugabe became President through the GNU and if the other posts in government are going to expire then his post expires too,period.No one will have the right to govern and we should go for elections the very next day.
    ZPF should not and will not be left to run this country alone for three months.The consequences of such action are too ghastly to contemplate.
    Why do we allow these people to treat us this way? Why do we allow them to toss us around like little children?
    Are we all cowards who would rather live on our knees than die on our feet? Why do we let these people who never go hungry,put on $5000 suits and drive expensive top of the range vehicles bully us so?And yet you have some people who have nothing in their lives saying things that are hurtful to other people and hiding behind fake names.People are being held hostage in their own country by their own brothers and sisters in order to maintain power and you dare to tell them to go to hell?
    I envy the South Africans for their courage in the face of police brutality.Whether it’s rubber bullets or live ammunition they are not scared as long as they know that they are right.
    As surely as the sun will rise from the east, what goes up must come down and everything has an ending,the people will be victorious and will have all their rights restored.
    It might not be soon but the day of reckoning shall surely come, for each and every one.
    The Lord is not a fool.

  13. Mufemberi Jokonia May 8, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Phunyu….you have a big and treacherous problem. Your language is so divisive (conflict-ridden).Thank you for noting that you are a minority group with hidden agendas as far as how this country should be governed. Dont`t worry much about voting in your province if you feel remaining without a representative does you good. You may start to look for pieces of land in ZULULAND now if in your view you cannot co-live with the Shona people. Please avoid by any means to open up old wounds. That has no good bearing to generations to come. We are Zimbabweans and share a common goal of turning around the economic. Cool down boy and join others to build Zimbabwe. There is no way you can contemplate having a country called Matabeleland. The walls, wind even the air
    have got ears.

  14. chinja 4life May 8, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Önce upon a time Zim was on the brink of collapse and in 2008 the G N U was formed and slowly the country was brought back to life. Now that Zimbos bellies are full they do not want the GNU. Be careful you may go round in circles and find yourselves Having another G N U after the elections. To be honest not all reforms have been met. The country does not have money and why waste pple’s time with these elections that will not Bring any lasting solution? G N U must continue.

  15. Soulman May 8, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    @mufemberi i agree tht phunyukambethe guy z too tribalistic nd divisive. He has sme gud points be his hatred fo shona’s clouds his judgement. Yes mugabe position ws secured by the gpa, so even he’s position shdnt be left alone shld party be dissolved

  16. Son of the soil May 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    For your information ZPF did not win elections it was defeated and only came to powere thru this arrangement called GNU

  17. WOUNDED LION May 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Kangoma kiririse ndiko kaparuke!

  18. save pakuru May 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Todzokera zvekumashizha aya here veduwe maTRILLION,totangirapapi anhuwe.

  19. Phunyukabemphethe May 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Please Mthwakazi and the Midlands I am down on my knees begging you – THIS IS AN OCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN, please – its never too late.

    Let Mugabe and Tswangirayi share the Shona vote in the east but I urge you, dont vote for Shona Gukurahundis.

    Political power through standing on your own is what will ensure your recognition, not under some Shona political party leader.

    They claim you sold the country for sugar and a mirror, dont vote for them. Vote MDC Green for Unity in diversity; level-headedness, peace, prosperity and tranquility.

    Dont vote for people who claim the country is theirs alone by vitue of their numbers, despite the fact that they are known generational land thieves of the SAN lands in Southern Africa.

    You are not condoms, dont be used like PF ZAPU was used in the Patriotic Front to remove Ian Smith only to be dumped by the mwanawekumusha brigade, vote for modesty in MDC and inclusivity!!

    Down with Gukurahundi Shona arrogance, down. Leave the Gukurahundis, leave Tswangirayi. Leave Gukurahundi Mugabe!!

    • pchindungu May 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      PUNYU IT IS TOO LATE FOR TRIBALISM OR REGIONALISM. ZIMBOS HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF LITERATE NOT ONLY IN AFRICA BUT THE WORLD OVER. THIS IS THE WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE LYBIANS,SYRIANS,SOMALIS,……… THE LIST IS TOO LONG

  20. Soulman May 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    No reforms no elections! Its tht simple we cnt afford anotha disputed election. Zanu have takn us fo as ride fo a long time, zvakwana!! As long as elections are near free nd fair mdc will win convincingly

  21. martin May 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Lets not forget Mugabe lost the elections and only GPA saved his ass, so for him to call the shots is an insult to all Zimbos. We are watching MR PRESIDENT your days are numbered, the world is getting rid of all DICTACTORS to pave way for democracy. HONESTLY speaking mr president you know that you will lose to morgan anytime of the day. DONT worry its not your choice it is what people want. As for punyu please shut up!!!!! YOUR comments are really annoying.

  22. jonah May 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    The elections have been rigged already without violence. See this!
    1. there is no sign to indicate that the registration of voters is going on.
    2. the mobile registration team gets to a place without announcement in advance to let people know that they will be there for people to find time to wait for them. they leave after spending one day at a designated place. those who would have noticed that the team is there try the following day and find them having moved on.
    3. it takes more than 30 minutes to register one person that is if you register at all. I was at drill hole Bulawayo and was attended to 25 minutes before one oclock in the after noon. exactly at 1 oclock the guy who was looking at my documents trying to register me returned all my papers back to me and said he was going for lunch and I should come back at 2 oclock. I mean after 25 minutes I was not registered and many more people behind me had to leave. I am working and have no time to go to and fro trying to register. what if I lose my job due to this.
    4. Musangano (Zanupf) people do not need to go in person to register, they just give the details of the people they want registered in a list form and this list gets entered into the register without them being present. thus why they are making it very difficult for those who do not belong their party to register. who will know that they were registered in absentia? No one who is zanupf will fail to register I tell you. the guys behind those registration desks are CIO and Zanupf to the core and why were they not vetted out.
    5. Those that belong to MDCS and are know are being deregistered without their knowledge. the day of voting you will be supprised to see that your name is not in the register or misspelt. If you are lucky to find it you will have been shifted from you usual Kambuzuma constituency to Mzarabani constituency. by the time you get to Mzarabani the polls will have closed. The registrar general is aware of this. The game is of numbers, reduce the MDC numbers while increasing the Musangano numbers. The C10 are the masters in this coming election. I bet you millions will not be registered in the so called MDCS strongholds through all sorts of vices, chiefs letters, Land lords letters or bringing land lords in person. the pace at which ID’S are being issued is shocking. one person takes over 30 minutes and so how many will be able to obtain them and register. After getting one after that long time you still have to deal with the guy registering and apa ndipo pano Worora. My good guess is only 10% of the eligible new voters will be actually registered. I walked for two days observing this situation and I bet you this is the epicentre of this rigging machinery this time around.
    6. During the referendum people who wanted to vote did but this time around the game is on and Bob knows this and does not want the elections being held beyond June 29 – 2013 because this might lead to more registration time and this has a potential of playing with the balance of numbers against him.
    The MDCs have no control of this process and that is where they have lost the game. Something dramatic has to happen to change this before elections but I do not think the opposition has the means to cause this to happen. you will have the highest number of turned away voters this time around. the referendum gave you just a bit of taste of this and the actual election will shock you. But the numbers will have balanced as planned by Musangano. Ko muripi muchi gjiwa se matemba so.
    Ma comrades njambanja is suttle this time around and the world will be fooled because musangano has a grandier plan of numbers. Read this again after the elections and lets meet in this forum immediately after the results are announced. this time they will be out within 4 days mark my words.

  23. now or never May 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    vanoda zim vanovhotera mdc t, asi kana muchida kuti munhu vose vatengese mushong wemakonzo mustreet voterai zpf , the choice is yours

  24. topheavy May 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    The topic is very clear, ZPF has and will always have a pechant for force. Now they have shifted completely from a compromising position to a confrontational, hostile and dictatorial attitude. They are now making declarations about firing this or that minister after they declare the end of the GNU.
    This where we are going to see if Afirca has grown up to provide African solutions to African problems. I hope this where Zuma and his SADC troops are going to show the world Africa is grown up enough to handle its on problems. This is where we should show intolerance for demagogues and dictators by remaining steadfast and unwavering in our demand for creating a level playing field.
    He doesnt exhibit the best qualities for a president, but if the electorate want him, then he must be the next president. I mean Tsvangirai of course.
    Vana Mangwana talk as if vakasika munhu.

  25. kule May 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    watch out civil servants,,,if zanu pf wins the coming elections ,you are the ones first to be paid zim dollars as salaries

  26. Gonzousaviunonatswanenzimbe May 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Phunyu, shona or ndebele, lets have a beer together sometime. Beautiful fatherland we have here, don’t you agree? Kedo…capital is hard to come ny if the politics of the day is stunted. Your concern is appreciated. Hell…I hope the gnu goes on for a decade!

  27. Gonzousaviunonatswanenzimbe May 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Phunyu, shona or ndebele, lets have a beer together sometime. Beautiful fatherland we have here, don’t you agree? Kedo…capital is hard to come by if the politics of the day is stunted. Your concern is appreciated. Hell…I hope the gnu goes on for a decade!

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