The drama unfolds as MDC release own list of Cabinet
HARARE – (thezimbabwetimes.com) – President Robert Mugabe has gazetted ministries that he arbitrarily allocated to the political parties that are signatories to the September 15 power-sharing agreement.\r\n
The list of ministries allocated to Zanu-PF (14), the MDC (13) and the breakaway faction of the MDC led by Arthur Mutambara appeared in the government owned newspaper The Herald Saturday after it was gazetted on Friday.
Mugabe provisionally allocated to Zanu-PF the Ministry of Finance, which is reported to be still in dispute, pending the intervention of South African former President Thabo Mbeki, who was the mediator in the negotiations and is expected back in Harare next week.
The MDC reacted angrily and dismissed “Zanu PF’s unilaterally gazetted wish list of ministries, which is a betrayal of the wishes, expectations and aspirations of the majority of Zimbabweans”.
In a statement issued Saturday the MDC official spokesman, Nelson Chamisa said, “The Herald-published list of ministries is a product of unilateral, contemptuous and outrageous machinations by Zanu-PF. In fact, it is a giant act of madness which puts the whole deal into jeopardy.
“Zanu PF cannot nocturnally allocate ministries barely hours after the three principals agreed to disagree by referring the matter to the mediator after a logjam over all key ministries.”
Chamisa said publication of the list was a ploy by Zanu-PF to pre-empt the pending visit to Harare of Mbeki and any attempt by SADC to help Zimbabweans to resolve the current impasse over the allocation of ministries.
The Herald cited Section (L) of the Functions and Powers of the President as outlined in the September 15 agreement which states that the Head of State shall, after consultation with the Vice Presidents, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers, allocate ministerial portfolios in accordance with the agreement.
President Mugabe was now expected to sign the necessary papers for the appointment of the Vice Presidents, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers after which Prime Minister-designate, MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, and Arthur Mutambara leader of the breakaway faction of the MDC, would have three months to find seats in Parliament.
Apparently Zanu-PF has already agreed on its line-up of 15 ministers.
“This brazen power-grab as reflected in the gazetted ministries cannot in any way be a result of a genuine power-sharing agreement,” Chamisa said. “Zanu PF has waylaid and mugged the people’s desire to see a new government put in place which would solve the endemic problems of starvation, clean water, housing, better health care and education.
“We reject the attempt by Zanu-PF to get the MDC into office but without power. We derive our legitimacy and mandate from the people of Zimbabwe, not Zanu-PF who were rejected by the very same people on 29 March. It is ridiculous that after having lost the election, Zanu PF, the loser, proceeds to allocate peripheral ministries to the MDC, the winner.”
The Herald, which is the official mouthpiece of government and Zanu-PF, has a different view of the outcome of the March 29 election.
“In the 31-member Cabinet,” its report says, “Zanu-PF, which won the popular vote on March 29, has 15 ministries, MDC-T 13 while MDC has three.”
Chamisa said over the past week, Zanu-PF had been “performing its usual propaganda rituals” in order to lull the nation into believing that there was progress in the negotiations over the allocation of ministries.
“The idea was to manage and prepare the nation for this barbaric ambush,” he said.
“The MDC believes that Mr Mugabe, who lost the election on 29 March, cannot arrogate upon himself the right to unilaterally allocate ministries outside the framework of the dialogue process.”
In terms of the published list Mugabe has allocated to Zanu-PF the important ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Finance (provisionally), Foreign Affairs, Local Government and Urban Development, and Media, Information and Publicity.
The list of ministries quietly gazetted Friday stands as follows:
2. Home Affairs
3. Foreign Affairs
5 .Local Government and Urban Development
6 .Mines and Mining Development
7. Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement
8. Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism
9. Higher and Tertiary Education
10. Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development
11. Justice and Legal Affairs
12. Media, Information and Publicity
13. Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development
14. Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment
15. Finance (provisionally)
1. Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs
2. Economic Planning and Investment Promotion
3. Energy and Power Development
4. Health and Child Welfare
5. Labour and Social Welfare
6. Water Resources Development and Management
7. Public Service
8. Sport, Arts and Culture
9. State Enterprise and Parastatals
10. Science and Technology Development
11. Information Communication Technology
12. Public Works
13. National Housing and Social Amenities
1. Regional Integration and International Co-operation
3. Industry and Commerce
Meanwhile, the MDC has now released its own version of ministerial allocations, saying it captures the understanding at the latest deliberations on Friday.
“These were discussed but not concluded in the deliberations of the three principals when they met on Friday, except that Zanu PF wanted to take the ministries of Finance, Home Affairs, Local Government and Foreign Affairs from the MDC,” Chamisa said.
“This list, contrary to the one published by The Herald, captures the general understanding during the deliberations.”
The following is the list according to the MDC:
2. Lands, Agriculture and Resettlement
3. Mines and Mineral Development
4. Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs
5. Youth Development and Indigenization
6. Higher and Tertiary Education
7. Public Service
8. National Housing and Social Amenities
9. Public Works
10 Water Resources, Development and Management
11. Information and Communication Technology
12. State Enterprises and Parastatals
14. Small and Medium Enterprises
15. Prisons and Correctional Services
2. Economic planning
3. Home Affairs
4. Foreign Affairs
5. Justice and Legal Affairs
6. Local Government
7. Health and Child Welfare
9. Energy and power Development
10. Media & Information Publicity
11. Labour and Social Welfare
12. Women, Gender and Community Development
13. Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism
MDC – Mutambara
1. Science and Technology development
2. Regional Integration and International Cooperation
3. Industry and Commerce