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deny Mugabe offered Tsvangirai vice presidency
Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
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that Robert Mugabe had offered a vice presidency position and cabinet
posts to Morgan Tsvangirai have been dispelled by the MDC-T, who
on Thursday repeated their resolution not to participate in government.
Mugabe has delayed announcing his new cabinet after claiming
a 61% landslide victory over Tsvagirai in the July 31st elections,
and his Zanu-PF party claiming a two-thirds majority win in parliament.
The delay has
led to speculation that Mugabe may be considering Tsvangirai for
the vice presidency. The independent NewsDay newspaper contacted
presidential spokesperson George Charamba about this issue and he
said: “I don’t know. We will come back to you when ready.
Don’t force us.”
published statements allegedly made Monday by the MDC-T National
Youth leader, Solomon Madzore, claiming such an offer had been made.
Morgan Tsvangirai has been approached by Zanu-PF offering him the
post of First Vice-President” and “some of our think-tanks
have been approached with a view to offering them ministerial posts,”
Newsday quoted Madzore as saying.
But the MDC-T
spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that
no such offer had been made by Mugabe. He said “some overtures”
had been made by “people purporting to represent Zanu-PF”
but nothing official had been received from Mugabe.
know nothing about that and I doubt whether it is true. I don’t
think Mugabe is that benevolent at all, but we have not received
anything formal from Zanu-PF at all,” Mwonzora explained.
NewsDay report quoting Solomon Madzore, the MDC-T spokesman said
he had contacted the youth leader who denied ever making such a
claim, only saying that he “was quoted out of context”.
further to confirm that their National Council had resolved on August
3rd that they would not be part of government at the cabinet level,
and would not accept such “benevolence” from Zanu-PF.
confirmed that the MDC-T would participate in parliament and local
councils, because he said those party officials had won the positions
under difficult conditions and deserved to be there.
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