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MDC leader Welshman Ncube has accused President Robert Mugabe of facilitating deputy premier Arthur Mutambara's stay in government despite being rejected by his party and vowed to defy decisions from GPA Principals’ meetings where he is excluded.

“We have an anomaly where Zanu-PF picks who is to be principal of another party. It is just insane. We have not accepted that, we don’t accept it and will never accept it,” Ncube, who is also Industry and Commerce Minister, charged Wednesday.

“It’s very clear that principals are the leaders of their parties and no party can be represented in the principals’ forum by someone who has been imposed by another party.”

GPA principals often meet to discuss government business as well as issues relating to implementation of reforms agreed under the coalition deal but Ncube said his party would defy decisions from such gatherings if he was excluded from them.

“We will not be bound by decisions of that forum where we are not represented,” he said.

“If the forum makes decisions that are to come to Cabinet, myself, Minister David Coltart (Education, Sport, Arts and Culture) and Minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (Regional Integration and International Co-operation) will not co-operate with that.”

Ncube took over from Mutambara as leader of the MDC, one of the parties that formed the coalition government along with Zanu PF and the MDC-T, but claims Mugabe is blocking him from replacing his rival as Deputy Prime Minister and GPA Principal.

Mugabe argues that his hands are tied since Mutambara is challenging his ouster in the Supreme Court.

But Ncube, buoyed by the regional SADC grouping’s decision to reject Mutambara and bar him from its meetings at a summit in Mozambique last week, said the Supreme Court challenge does not suspend earlier High Court findings against Mutambara.

“What is important for people to know is that Mutambara’s appeal against the interdict doesn’t mean that the ruling is suspended,” he said.

“Basic law says if there is a ruling and one appeals, the previous ruling stands until the appeal is heard. In this case he should have stopped purporting to be representing the MDC.”

Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, has since maintained that Mutambara would remain Deputy Prime Minister and GPA Principal, insisting Zimbabwe was not bound by SADC’s decision over the issue.


And on Wednesday Charamba added: “The fact that he recognises that the President has power to swear and un-swear people shows that he is addressing him as Head of State and not Zanu PF President.

“That shows that party politics has nothing to do with this. After all, Welshman was in the SADC Summit where a distinction between principals and political party heads was clearly spelt out.

"So there shouldn’t be confusion. Besides, the mere fact that he has already reacted to the Zanu PF proposed amendments means that he is already part in the process of principals.”

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