Tsvangirai talks to Generals

Tsvangirai, who had not pushed for an earlier meeting to avoid alienating a military crucial to Mugabe’s hold on power, sat with generals who had previously vowed not to work with him at the meeting chaired by Mugabe.

The generals were seen laughing during a brief photo opportunity and wore business suits for the meeting, also attended by the country’s vice- president Joice Mujuru and the Ministers of Defence, Home Affairs and Security.


"It was very warm, very cordial and very inclusive. Everybody who spoke, spoke on the centrality of national interest as the most important aspect of our nationhood," State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi said.

Under the February deal, Mugabe is supposed to chair meetings of the National Security Council (NSC) every month, but this was the first.

Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic change had urged him to demand that the NSC convene earlier.

Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai say they are working well together in Zimbabwe’s new administration although some disputes remain over the appointment of some top state officials and the recent arrests of MDC lawmakers.