Tsvangirai appointed GPA principals spokesperson

HARARE - Principals to Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement (GPA) have appointed Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to be their spokesperson as they try to unlock the stalled constitution-making process beset by constant bickering.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, Tsvangirai said the move was also meant to reduce “partisan interpretation of our decisions”.

“As leaders of government and the political process in the country, we have decided to have our own spokesperson to remove miscommunication and portray a collective image when information is given to the public regarding our activities and decisions.

“I will therefore speak on behalf of Principals from now on rather than have Copac (Parliamentary Select Committee) spokespersons trying to interpret what we want to say. It will avoid confusion and partisan positions. We want to make sure the people get exactly what we want them to get,” Tsvangirai said.

The Prime Minister spoke on the involvement of the executive in the constitution-making process, the state of the MDC ahead of watershed elections next year, steps government is taking to finance the referendum and elections. He also spoke on his threat to resign if he loses elections to President Robert Mugabe and the disciplining of party members fingered in the violence that rocked the party’s congress last year.

Tsvangirai also confirmed the “small committee” constituted out of the Copac management committee is already working and should be able to provide feedback in seven days.

“Matinenga told me that they will need a week to try and find a solution to the current disagreements arising from the Second All-Stakeholders conference. If they cannot find a solution then we will ask Sadc for assistance.

“Our secretary-general Tendai Biti is representing us (MDC); Zanu PF is represented by Patrick Chinamasa while the three Copac co-chairpersons are also part of that committee. I am not sure who is representing Welshman Ncube’s MDC as a negotiator,” the Premier said.

The Daily News will tomorrow carry the full interview with the Prime Minister, do not miss it.

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