Monday, October 07, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) MDC-T left out of Cabinet, President explains
This article was written by Our reporter on 12 September, at 07 : 50 AM

President Mugabe says he left out MDC-T members from his new Cabinet announced on Tuesday because the party refused to accept the legitimacy of the July 31 elections that ushered him as the Head of State and Government for the next five years.

He said he was hopeful that the new Government would deliver expected results given that there were no longer policy and ideological differences in the Cabinet.

Instead of co-operating and accepting its electoral fate, President Mugabe said MDC-T became negative and started making statements inconsistent with a party willing to work with others.

He was responding to questions from journalists at State House yesterday soon after swearing in of ministers.

Members of the media had inquired whether the exclusion of opposition members in the new Government meant that the President does not trust them.

“Are you saying when a party wins, it must necessarily have members of the opposition included in its Cabinet? That is matter that should be discussed between the parties,” said the president.

“You must agree. When we had the results of the elections, the MDC-T started saying it does not recognise the elections. It does not recognise even the election of the President and as far as they are concerned the elections were rigged.

“And once you have the opposition with that attitude what do you do? Tell me what should I have done?


“I would have expected that the opposition would say aah, we have lost, we accept defeat. Fine, but we are prepared to work together. No. They started even making statements – there are indications that the President would want some of us to be in the Cabinet. We do not want it.

“The President had never made an indication like that. Zvino maiti todiiko? Mushandirapamwe tinouda asi unotauriranwaka. Zvino kana vamwe vachibva vava that negative tovaita sei? Tovasungirira?” he asked.

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