Tensions as Mugabe boots Ncube

Harare – There was a crisis in Harare Monday afternoon after Professor Welshman Ncube was snubbed from the principals meeting yet attended by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minsiter Morgan Tsvangirai and the Arthur Mutambara.

This development goes against a resolution passed at the recent SADC summit which declared Welshman Ncube as the legitimate MDC principal and not Arthur Mutambara.

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A furor was also sparked by Arthur Mutambara after he attacked and shouted at Jacob Zuma for snubbing him during a principal’s briefing last week.

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The MDC deputy spokesman Kurauone Chihwai said:

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“MDC president professor Welshman Ncube was not invited to the meeting of principals today. This did not come as a surprise 
to all green team members.

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We shall remain committed to the struggle of delivering a just and fair zimbabwe. The MDC shall go on a collision course with Mugabe,tsvangirai and mutambara.we are ready for any storm with all the angels of Lucifer.”

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It was not clear if Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was party to the plot to snub Ncube.

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What was not also clear was what Mugabe Tsvangirai and Mutambara were meeting for.

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South African President Jacob Zuma has come under fierce attack from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party, which accuses him of interfering in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.

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Zuma who is the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediator in the Zimbabwean crisis angered Zanu PF when he refused to entertain Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara at the just ended Heads of State summit in Maputo Mozambique.

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Mutambara lost the leadership of his MDC party to Industry and Trade minister Welshman Ncube but Mugabe has refused to ask him to make way for his rival as a principal in the inclusive government.

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SADC resolved that Mutambara must not be invited to future meetings of the regional body despite protests from the Zimbabwean leader.

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Zanu PF politburo member accused Zuma of “illegally” installing Ncube as a principal in the inclusive government because they are related.

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“Zuma used his much-awaited night visit to Harare (last week) ostensibly to review GPA (Global Political Agreement) progress ahead of Friday’s SADC summit in Maputo to unilaterally install Welshman Ncube, who is also an in-law of his, as a GPA principal in a manner that shockingly violated Zimbabwe’s Constitution and sovereignty,” Moyo wrote in the state media.

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Moyo advised Ncube to “refrain from pushing his in-laws in South Africa to bid for his politically hopeless and illegal cause”.

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Mugabe early this year threatened to reject as a Zuma’s facilitator saying he was biased.

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Zuma adopted a hardline stance on Zimbabwe last year as he pushed the country’s three governing parties to work towards an uncontested poll result.

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According to reports, at the summit Mugabe’s spirited attempt to defend Mutambara was rejected by SADC head of states. -Plus Zimeye

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