Smaller MDC Faction Appeals For GPA Amendment

Harare, – Welshman Ncube’s smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has asked South African president Jacob Zuma who is the Zimbabwe mediator, to amend the Global Political Agreement (GPA).\r\n

Ncube’s political grouping wants the amendment to the GPA to show that controversial Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara is not representing the interest of the MDC but that of President Robert Mugabe and
Zanu (PF).

The Ncube grouping fired Mutambara from the party after he refused to resign the position of Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, which Ncube wanted to occupy after ousting him as president of the party last month.

However, President Mugabe has refused to swear in Ncube as the new principal, insisting that he can only do so if Mutambara voluntarily resigns.

The MDC wrote to Zuma, President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai advising the facilitator and the two principals on the party’s demands for amendments to the GPA.

“We write to formally request that the Global political Agreement be amended in Article 20.1.6 (4) so that the relevant clause should read: “There shall be two deputy Prime Ministers one from MDC-T and the other from Zanu (PF), the one from Zanu (PF) shall be occupied by Arthur Mutambara”, said Priscilla Misihairambwi Mushonga, the party’s secretary general, in a letter to President Zuma.

“The amendment will resolve the current predicament where an individual who is no longer a member of our party is holding a DPM position reserved for our party. It would also address Mutambara’s expressed desire to continue in government whilst working outside political party idiosyncrasies.

“We hope, therefore, that this amendment will be speedily effected top allow us all to concentrate on government programmes that will ensure free and fair election,” she added.