MDC to reject Cabinet posts

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC said yesterday President Robert Mugabe had not offered his party posts in the Cabinet, and that if he did, the MDC would reject them.

Mugabe is to begin forming a Cabinet this week and there is speculation he will offer the MDC — which he shared power with for almost five years in a fractious coalition — posts in a new government.

But Douglas Mwonzora, spokesperson of the MDC, dismissed any talk of joining a Mugabe administration.

“The national executive and the national council of the party ruled that we are not going to take any position in Mugabe’s Cabinet and we stand guided by that ruling,” Mwonzora said.

“We maintain that this election was stolen and it was a huge fraud and we are not going to bless the fraud.”

Mugabe, who at 89 is Africa’s oldest leader, has angrily rejected the fraud allegations and was sworn in on August 22 for a fresh five-year term in the southern African nation that he has ruled since its independence from Britain in 1980.

Earlier, the MDC retracted an earlier threat to boycott Parliament, saying their elected officials are going to assume their roles and safeguard national interests but will stay away from the State official opening of Parliament.

Mugabe feels confident enough to make this offer because his party won 197 of the 270 seats in the new Parliament, while the MDC has only 70 seats.

When it comes to forming a government, the numbers are on Mugabe’s side.

While Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said no invitation will be extended to the MDC to join the next government, the prerogative to invite MDC ministers into Cabinet lies solely with Mugabe and is an option he could explore.

“We have a big pool of our party members for the president to choose from,” Gumbo said.

Aside from allowing Mugabe to appear magnanimous in victory, a deal with Tsvangirai would have another central advantage for the Zanu PF leader.

He would avoid alienating Western administrations by creating a hard-line government, dominated by Zimbabwe’s extreme right.

Mugabe and prominent members of his Zanu PF party are under financial and travel sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over vote fraud and human rights violations.

Britain said last week that Mugabe’s re-election could not be deemed credible without an independent investigation into allegations of voting irregularities, while the US has said the poll was flawed and will keep sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Bruce Wharton, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, has said much depends on the kind of Cabinet Mugabe will install.

“So we are going to look at what comes next, I think the composition of the new Cabinet would be an
important indicator of where we could work,” Wharton told the Daily News last week.

“I will not give up on the relationship, I will continue to look forward to the sort of developments, policy and program developments that will allow us to revise our policies but we are not there yet.”
Nothing will work, however, without the support of Tsvangirai, who leads the centre-left MDC party and holds the balance of power in Parliament.

If Tsvangirai accepts Cabinet posts and agrees that MDC ministers join a government led by Mugabe, he will be left with an exceptionally difficult choice.

He could accept his rival’s Cabinet offer, with MDC ministers serving as the international face of an administration filled with hawks. Or Tsvangirai’s MDC could go into opposition.

Senior MDC officials who spoke to the Daily News on condition of anonymity insist that they could still serve in the Mugabe administration given that the left of Zimbabwean politics has been eviscerated in this election, leaving it with very few natural allies and without a majority in the 8th Parliament — which takes oath of office tomorrow.

“The people have not told us to join the Cabinet, we stand guided by the people of Zimbabwe and we are sure that the people don’t want us to go in bed with Zanu PF,” Mwonzora said.

Asked whether there have been any overtures from Zanu PF, Mwonzora said: “Certainly, certainly incorrect. We were never in talks with Zanu PF, there were informal approaches but nothing formal ever took place.”

The ex-majority party is challenging poll results in 39 constituencies having trimmed the number because of the prohibitive $10 000 appeal fees for every petition.

Comments (54)

But surely some people are not serious in their minds. What is Mwonzvora saying? Some people told me that he is a learned someone. Is that true? If he is truly educated as we are made to believe, how come he seem not to know very simple things? Elections are held to choose leaders. If by any chance President Mugabe invites MDCt parliamentarians into his govt whats wrong about that? Why is mwonzora making such reckless statements when in fact he is one of the rejected ones? Is it now jealous of those who made it? After all the talking of mdct ministers serving as the international face is just rubbish and day dreaming in as far as ZANUPF is concerned. If they want to be part of this nation they have to play our tune, not us playing their tune. Who are they the british to tell us how we should do things. If they want their mdct project members to be included in the new govt they must politely request so, not to put conditions for our relationship with them. Our President is not a fool to listen to such day dreaming by the britons. Lastly mwonzora you was rejected by the people hence you dont have authority to think for those who won. It is better for mwonzora to keep quiet and let those who made it think on their own guided by their constituencies or else we take them all next time. Wharton keep your sanctions and we keep our sovereignity. Take your mdct into your parliament and give them posts there, we dont even care.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 2 September 2013

All marriages usually start informal, then eventually formalised. MDC has already been bedded by ZPF before, why not again? Playing hard to get perhaps? PF-ZAPU, the big sister was even stronger than MDC today, but was raped, married then murdered, and ZPF lives on and Zimbabweans continue coping and live on

Mammoth Castle - 2 September 2013

It does not matter what the MDC-T national executive or national council say - it all depends on what position Tsvangirai is offered. Everything revolves around Tsvangirai. If ZanuPF offer Tsvangirai some useless Vice-President position the MDc-T national executive and council will aprove it. They are "Yes" men and women who are there to serve Tsvangirai. This happened last time in 2008. Once Mbeki suggested a prime ministerial position for Tsvangirai the MDC-T did not need a second invitation. When this happens Mwonzora will claim he was misquoted. MDC-T hasn't got many options. As a political paty they are worse than useless.

Chin - 2 September 2013

who really cares about these mdc-t thuggs. i don't think its proper for us to accept these thuggs into our gvt.. its not them who rejects but its us who does not need them at all. to hell with them. we buried their leader long back.

Jono - 2 September 2013

who really cares about these mdc-t thuggs. i don't think its proper for us to accept these thuggs into our gvt.. its not them who rejects but its us who does not need them at all. to hell with them. we buried their leader long back.

Jono - 2 September 2013

it is stupid of any party to offer posts to the loosing and rejected sellouts, why would on dream of including a party that the majority doesn't want?

willard sibanda - 2 September 2013

Nhai Tswangirayi wadanwa nani. Sei kuita comment ne zve media speculations. Unotaurisa sitereki. Tsenga urimi. Udza spokesmen dzako kuti dzibate hana.

naume - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Tsvangirai, Mwonzora and the failed MDC-T candidates know that no one in their senses would invite them to the government in any capacity. For Mwonzora, he should concentrate in defending chicken thieves and wallet pickpockets and mawhindi with whom he sympathizes. DOGDY LAWYER MWONZORA.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Dear author, On what basis do you lable ZPF a right wing party? Last I checked their ideology was was Marxist inspired. How is mdcT center left when they espouse neo liberal policies and ran the min of finance in an austere manner? Zims private media has gone to the dogs. More people should be suspended. You should be ashamed of such pathetic reporting

Fact checker - 2 September 2013

Dear author, On what basis do you lable ZPF a right wing party? Last I checked their ideology was was Marxist inspired. How is mdcT center left when they espouse neo liberal policies and ran the min of finance in an austere manner? Zims private media has gone to the dogs. More people should be suspended. You should be ashamed of such pathetic reporting

Fact checker - 2 September 2013

Dear author, On what basis do you lable ZPF a right wing party? Last I checked their ideology was was Marxist inspired. How is mdcT center left when they espouse neo liberal policies and ran the min of finance in an austere manner? Zims private media has gone to the dogs. More people should be suspended. You should be ashamed of such pathetic reporting

Fact checker - 2 September 2013

Last time I checked Mdc-T had 100 seats, ZANU pf 99, Mdc-m/n 10 seats. For Mdc-T to have been a "Majority Party" it should have had at least 105 seats.

Cde Nkomo - 2 September 2013

This is like a pretty girl walking down the road and out of the Blue, walks up to a hunk and says " I dont love you" WTF? who asked you?

Abel - 2 September 2013

Foolish article. Who needs loosers when the victors have more than adequate representatives. This kind of journalism is at best pathetic - just wishful. This Mwonzora guy is not learned at all. Just an ordinary undergraduate like the rest of the MDC guys.

Liberated - 2 September 2013

How can you reject something that is not on offer Monzora. Is this an MDC-Tea joke. Mwonzora and Tsvangirai must be sub-MASOBHUKU, coz the DARE RA-MASOBHUKU is more serious in analysing statement/issues than these two guys

NANSI LENDODA - 2 September 2013

ZPF dogs can bark until cows come home but that does not bring bread and butter on our tables. ZPF will go it alone and you shall discover that the inclusive govt was better because there was everything in our shops and that the industrial environment was peaceful and busy. With ZPF all the stability in our country will go away because there are some greedy people who are after enriching themselves. Mugabe is surrounded by hungry wolves that are more than ready to pounce at any flesh! Ko ZPF tagara tinoiziva bvira three decades ago. TEAM ZPF is here to destroy our beautiful motherland which used to be full of honey and milk!

OPPRESSED - 2 September 2013

ZPF dogs can bark until cows come home but that does not bring bread and butter on our tables. ZPF will go it alone and you shall discover that the inclusive govt was better because there was everything in our shops and that the industrial environment was peaceful and busy. With ZPF all the stability in our country will go away because there are some greedy people who are after enriching themselves. Mugabe is surrounded by hungry wolves that are more than ready to pounce at any flesh! Ko ZPF tagara tinoiziva bvira three decades ago. TEAM ZPF is here to destroy our beautiful motherland which used to be full of honey and milk!

OPPRESSED - 2 September 2013

I really think Tsvangi and some in hie lost ship are metally retarded..I mean for real! Who in their right mind comes up with the trash, hogwash these people are subjecting us to? Get over it mhani YOU LOST..Next chapter pliz

thandie gwatidzo-rizzie - 2 September 2013

thandie gwatidzo-rizzie, i feel embarrassed that i share the same totem with you, you are a disgrace to our my tribe!!! I hereby disown you!!!

jojo - 2 September 2013

In simple terms you just concort a lie, believe it and present it as fact that everyone should believe. Therefore 34%>61%=Majority; Government=Losers-(minus)Winners

Cde - 2 September 2013

HATIFE TAKAKUPAI ANY POST PAYE PA GNU TWAZ A MISTAKE ,NDIMI MURIKUDA MAPOST MU GVT MANJE KANGANWAYI MA MDC . MUKARAMBA MAKAISA MA SANCTIONS TINOTAMBA TICHITONGA CHETE KUSVIKA ABVISWA

hamunyari - 2 September 2013

Mdc if you have people at heart like what you claim why would you wish people to starve and suffer? Cant you see that your campaigning side is wrong? Even if elections were stolen does it mean you should enjoy the economic melting down? Who will suffer, ofcoz you still be driving pajeroz and staying in expansive house and samething with Zanu pf, whose ministers have no people at heart, full of thugs and selfish people.l only appreciate president Mugabe, He is one of the best President in the world but vanhu vavanotonga both Mdc and Zanu have no people at heart. l salute you president R. G Mugabe and ratha pick high xul students to form cabinet ministers

Zanu wenyu - 2 September 2013

This is another delusional assumptions by this little paper in order to try and maximise dwindling sales.Zanupf has enough intellectuals to fil every post needed.The West are still in a denial mode after the thumping of their so called Regime Change Project.In a year or two they will come round to reality.They dont deserve any so called appeasement.They can go to HELL as RGM said.Please Daily News stop the DELUSIONS and ILLUSIONS and enough of PUB TALK being made HEADLINES.ICHO

NyakoNyako - 2 September 2013

The people have not told us to join the Cabinet, we stand guided by the people of Zimbabwe and we are sure that the people don't want us to go in bed with Zanu PF,” Mwonzora said. Who is Mwonzora?? A loser speaking on behalf of those given a mandate by pple to represent them. Thus were MDC-T is lacking and it shows how absurd they are to think that Zimbabweans are more represented by the British Foreign Policy than their own mp's. Crap, God forbid.

Hlongwane Spinach - 3 September 2013

Zanu wenyu u must be crazy, how can u say Mugabe is the best president eva! Someone who presided over the worst economic meltdown in world history, he is leading the most undemocratic gvt in Africa. Zimbabweans have been relegated to beggers

patriot - 3 September 2013

MDC - T is leaders are too ambitious this is why you failed the struggle you get carried away by street talk. Honestly do you think President Mugabe will offer anyone of you cabinet posts? You are comedians rather than politicians, if you dont re strategise you are going to be buried for life.

Tendai - 3 September 2013

@Takeiteasy Marcaves , imboenda kuchikoro, uri dofo, analyse zvinhu uri objectivy nt subjective

chugutiro - 3 September 2013

Have you been offered the cabinet posts or u are clomouring for attention

crocodile squad - 3 September 2013

Taking posts in government does work well for the MDC at all. ZANU PF rubbishes MDC ministers at will as if they are not in the same government. Even Tsvangirayi was attacked left right and center by the state media as if he was not Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Having visited my rural areas and talked to the people there, it was not a good decision for Tsvangirayi to participate in the last election without proper media reforms. ZANU had an unfair advantage. To those who think they won, its unfortunate that there is really nothing to celebrate for, with sanctions in place, it will be difficult to improve the economic situation in this country.

smalltalk - 3 September 2013

Tshaka ' the zulu' was a great king.Who in their right senses would deny that?But, would we have Ndebeles here if he was so great.The Tshanganis are so many in parts of Mozambique and Zim.Some Kololos drifted to as far as Zambia.Some rebels went as far as Malawi. Those that are not happy with what is here are free to drift.Go! Life goes on. C.

Billie - 3 September 2013

tambai mese zvakanaka...,

mbudziyadhura - 3 September 2013

Kwakutopenga uku, unoramba chausina kupiwa ndiko kutiyi nhai vanhuwee

Chakalaka - 3 September 2013

lets build our Zimbabwe. i disagree with the writer who said during the inclusive govt everything was there in shops and the industry was peaceful... let me remind the writer that it does not help anything if we just import without exporting...in short he is stil aware of the global village kana tichiti nyika yakapfuma urichiri sure, and above all joining the zanu pf cabinet wl be for the benefit of the nation by bringing new ideas for the purpose of benefitting the electorates who made yu into power. so lets put our difference away and build our Zim. Plus unenge uchiwana cheuviri ku support mhuri yako. So Mwonzora and Tsvangi are lost leaders.

clever - 3 September 2013

ZanuPF lost in 2008 and got back straight to work. MDC must get back to work now and work on their shortcomings so that they can win the next election. I don't see why people must suffer if a particular party loses. Why should the innocent people be slapped with sanctions? If MDC wants anyone to suffer they should find ways that bring suffering to the ruling elite not the ruled down trodden masses.

Kambiri - 3 September 2013

@kambiri with or without sanctions a country should sustain itself through mass production. we have our mineral resources and remember mugabe is on record saying zimbabwe can go it alone so stop barking about sanctions which are infact travel bans slapped on zanu hooligans. if someone doesn't want to help you why bother

atz - 3 September 2013

Robson Nyundo (The hammer) is an insane person don't listen to him.

Nyundo - 3 September 2013

Please MDC-t supporters show me one development project which was done by Tsvangirai........? He even failed to lure at least one investor to come and invest in Zim. He went to Japan on Government business; specifically to attract investors but ended up hallucinating about human rights, this, human rights that..... On his restrictive measures he dismally failed, for instance, Marange diamonds were added on the sanctions list. His whole support base are pathological lairs. They lie that sanctions are meant to restrict travelers. Now that ZIMbabweans do not trust lairs your party was rejected by the electorate. Zimbabweans do not trust those who peddle falsehoods, for example, lying that the elections were stolen this, elections rigged that, elections are in dispute that, yet deep down your hearts you know the truth that your party was rejected for lack of performance and honesty.

zec vs Tsvangison - 3 September 2013

Please MDC-t supporters show me one development project which was done by Tsvangirai........? He even failed to lure at least one investor to come and invest in Zim. He went to Japan on Government business; specifically to attract investors but ended up hallucinating about human rights, this, human rights that..... On his restrictive measures he dismally failed, for instance, Marange diamonds were added on the sanctions list. His whole support base are pathological lairs. They lie that sanctions are meant to restrict travelers. Now that ZIMbabweans do not trust lairs your party was rejected by the electorate. Zimbabweans do not trust those who peddle falsehoods, for example, lying that the elections were stolen this, elections rigged that, elections are in dispute that, yet deep down your hearts you know the truth that your party was rejected for lack of performance and honesty.

zec vs Tsvangison - 3 September 2013

If anyone thinks this country needs another liberation;then wage a struggle.Haikonaswerotukana nekungowawata!!!

Nyajena-Renco - 4 September 2013

guys lets not waste our time debating something which is not debatable . if zanu.Pf won the election with majority as iam made to believe then i see no point for us to continue debating whether President Mugabe will appoint MDC.T. members into the cabinet. It is entirely up to the President to do so and is not obliged to do so bcause he has the majority .

solomon chisoni - 4 September 2013

Tsvangson shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You lost fair and fine.

Mike - 4 September 2013

Who the hell in his normal senses within ZANUPF would reserve the limited cabinet posts to mpama to come and sabotage our ideals and policies, oil and water don't mix so stop dreaming.

NDABEZINHLE NKOMO - 6 September 2013

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