MDC To Review Unity Government

The MDC on Thursday said it was concerned about the plight of Zimbabwean people and wanted to find out whether the inclusive government has begun to deal with theoutstanding issues.

"The party remains seized with the plight of the  The issues include the unilateral appointment of permanent secretaries, the irregular appointments of the Attorney-General and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, the issue of provincial governors and the continued detention of MDC and civic activists on trumped-up charges.

"Among the issues to be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting include the starvation in the country and the state of the party. The main agenda, however, is the review of the status and performance of the inclusive government in relation to the party’s expectations," said party spokesperson and Information Communications Technology Nelson Chamisa.

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai described Tuesday’s appointment of permanent secretaries by President Robert Mugabe as null and void since they were done in contravention of the global political agreement and the constitution.

President Robert Mugabe has defended key government officials he appointed recently and has said they will not be removed from office as being demanded by the opposition Movement Democratic Change MDC).

Speaking to journalists from his Munhumutapa offices on Wednesday, Tsvangirai said: “The permanent secretaries who were in positions as of September 15 will remain in acting capacity until the matter is resolved. This government will not allow a parallel force within its structures or any unconstitutional or unilateral actions which serve to impede progress.”

He said no civil servant, according to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, had the authority to make such appointments or announcements, therefore the announcement of permanent secretaries were unlawful and was therefore null and void.

Members of Parliament from both Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions this week began voicing their concerns over the bloated government. An extra 30 ministers have now been added to the 31 agreed by Zanu-PF and the MDC.

President Robert Mugabe last week swore in five more ministers of state and 19 deputy ministers, bringing the number of ministers and deputy ministers to 61. Another 10 provincial governors are due to be sworn in at a date yet to be announced.

Tsvangirai said it was important that the appointment of governor of the Reserve Bank Gideon Gono and the Attorney General Johannes Tomana were dealt with and resolved immediately.

“This is in line with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) communiqué issued in Pretoria on the 27th of January, which states that the appointments of the Reserve Bank Governor and the Attorney General will be dealt with by the inclusive government after its formation,” added Tsvangirai.

The Prime Minister also said the appointment of Provincial governors must be resolved forthwith.