Mugabe and Tsvangirai disagree on Chihuri’s re-appointment

February 8, 2012 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

By Tichaona Sibanda

The two main principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) have failed
to agree on the appointment of a new police commissioner-general to take
over from Augustine Chihuri, whose contract expired last week.

Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met in the capital on
Monday and their discussions on the issue reportedly came to a stalemate. SW
Radio Africa is reliably informed the talks broke down when Mugabe proposed
that Chihuri’s term in office be extended.

Without Tsvangirai’s full backing for Chihuri’s reappointment, the
principals resolved to bring in Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara, to
seek his opinion on the matter. The three principals are set to meet on
Wednesday and according to sources, might vote on the issue if they remain
at loggerheads.

It is believed Tsvangirai and the MDC formation led by Welshman Ncube want a
neutral personality within the police force to take over from Chihuri. Both
MDC formations accuse Chihuri of using the force to prop-up Mugabe and his
ZANU PF party.

According to the GPA, such senior appointments are to be done by Mugabe with
the full consultation of coalition government partners.

MDC-T’s deputy minister of Justice, Obert Gutu, on Tuesday told SW Radio
Africa that for Mugabe to go ahead and make a key appointment without
securing the consent or agreement of Tsvangirai would be an attack on the
constitution of Zimbabwe.

“In other words, it would be unconstitutional, irregular and unlawful. This
is a matter that the constitution of Zimbabwe states. We all know that the
GPA has been captured as part and parcel of the constitution of Zimbabwe,”
Gutu said.

He added: “To be specific, changes brought in with constitution amendment
Act number 19, make it clear that on key appointments, the President is
obliged to consult his partners in government.”

The deputy minister said pronouncements to the contrary by Mugabe’s henchmen
were a complete misdirection of both facts and law.
“What I’m talking about here is an issue of what the constitution of
Zimbabwe says and not what the President or Prime Minister wishes to be
done,” the minister explained.

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