Mugabe a tribalist


The Movement for Democratic Change has accused President Robert Mugabe of tribalism after he said Arthur Mutambara would remain Deputy prime Minister unless he resigns. Mutambara was replaced by Welshman Ncube as party leader this month.  “Clearly the President has no power or right to appoint any person into the Cabinet without the approval of that party through their leadership. Equally clear is the right of each party to reshuffle, reassign or recall any of its representatives, the President being required to only formally make the appointments as requested by the parties,” party’s spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said. “In fact this is what exactly happened when the MDC-T reshuffled its Cabinet team. It was never suggested, and it could not be, that the MDC-T required the consent or resignation of those that it had reassigned or removed from Cabinet positions. It is curious that it is now suggested that there is one rule for the MDC-T and ZANU-PF and another for MDC. “


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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