Tsvangirai reshuffles aides

HARARE - Reports yesterday indicated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had reshuffled his top aides with United Kingdom-based lawyer Alex Magaisa coming in to head the PM’s political office ahead of elections next year.

Magaisa will also take some of mandates currently held by Tsvangirai’s chief-of-staff Ian Makone.

However, media reports had yesterday suggested that both Makone and head of protocol, James Maridadi had been fired.

A source in the Prime Minister’s office yesterday told the Daily News that Tsvangirai was today expected to make a number of changes to his close team.

“Yes, the changes are looming but the problem is that already the media is being fed with lies. For example, they are claiming that Ian Makone has been fired but that’s not true. He is still there and remains the chief of staff,” said the insider.

Lazarus Muriritirwa, the premier’s Principal Director for Policy Implementation was also said to be on his way out while Tsvangirai’s special advisor, Gandhi Mudzingwa, was said to be on his way to  Harvest House, the MDC headquarters for a yet undisclosed posting.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday told NewZimbabwe.com that: “The Prime Minister reserves the right to reorganise his office staff, restructure Cabinet deployments and as MDC leader can re-order party deployments.

“If what you are saying is true, then that means there will be a formal statement soon. That’s all we are saying for now.”

Tamborinyoka later told the Daily News that: “The problem about what is already in the public domain is that it is full of malice, gossip and speculation with very little in it as the truth.

“For example, some of the people that are alleged to have been fired are at work in their offices right now.”

When contacted for comment, both Maridadi and Makone professed ignorance on the development saying they had not been informed of any changes.

“Journalists have been calling me over the issue but I know nothing, I am in my office right now and everything seems normal,” said Maridadi. - Staff Writer

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