Mugabe presidency a reality: Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai insisted Wednesday that the decision to appoint a shadow cabinet was not an acknowledgement of his defeat in the July 31 elections which the party has rejected as a fraud.

Tsvangirai, who was prime minister in a coalition with Mugabe, has refused to accept his defeat in the elections which were won with a landslide by the Zanu PF leader and endorsed as free and credible by observers from the African Union and SADC.

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The MDC-T leader demanded a re-run of the vote and said his party would not work with a Zanu PF government although its MPs would represent their constituents in Parliament.

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On Wednesday, he announced a team to shadow Mugabe’s new cabinet by denied the move indicated the MDC-T was now accepting the Zanu PF leader’s re-election.

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“President Mugabe is a reality,” Tsvangirai told reporters at a media briefing in Harare.

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“He has been inaugurated, it doesn’t mean I necessary agree with the election and that I am conceding defeat and that I am actually saying that the election was conducted (fairly) but he is a reality.

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“Appointing a shadow cabinet means that even in any circumstances we have got a parliamentary focus which has to do work in parliament.”

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He however, insisted that the move is not “an admission that an election was free and fair but it is a reality that president Mugabe was inaugurated as president.”

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Tsvangirai said his shadow cabinet would ensure a coordinated approach in the “advancement of the people’s agenda by keeping the government of Mugabe on its toes and ensuring that it meets its commitments to the people of Zimbabwe.”

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“Our shadow Cabinet is not an exact mirror of Mugabe’s bloated structure but it incorporates all government functions represented by his Cabinet,” he said.

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“I however, do not have any appetite to mirror Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs which is a dictatorial structure designed to subvert the will and desire of the people of Zimbabwe for an elected devolved government.”

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Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo however said the shadow team was a “useless structure”, adding the idea was a foreign concept which had no relevance to local politics.

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