Chamisa rejects ED's Cabinet

HARARE - MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has rejected President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s newly-assembled Cabinet which has been warmly received by a large cross-section of Zimbabweans, including some of the youthful opposition leader’s supporters.

This comes as former leader Robert Mugabe and once MDC legislator for Bulawayo South and secretary for economic affairs, Eddie Cross, last week told Chamisa to accept Mnangagwa as the leader of the country.

Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said in a statement yesterday that Mnangagwa was facing legitimacy crisis and would fail in his attempts to improve the economy.

“The appointment of a couple of notable names is just but a cheap attempt to give gravitas to a weak president. ...Mnangagwa’s inauguration ignited a catastrophic economic decline, like no other just after an election.

“A government is as strong as its leader and as economically capable as it is legitimate. Name bombing, by throwing into the basket Professor (Mthuli) Ncube and Kirsty Coventry is an unsophisticated way of pampering a largely incontinent Cabinet.

“This Cabinet suffers a lot of previous co-morbidities and dirty baggage,” Sibanda said.

“As Zimbabwe will already know, Mnangagwa has no respect for the Constitution and the law but it is not anyone’s expectation that he would continue to subvert the law.

“His appointments are unconstitutional and against his stated objectives to implement devolution.

“He has appointed ministers of State, who are unconstitutional in the first instance and a subversion of devolution.

“Provincial councils will have no role in circumstances where a province already has an executive minister,” added Sibanda.

This comes as political analysts last week said the determined bids by Chamisa and some Zanu PF bigwigs to bring down Mnangagwa were now effectively dead in the water — after Mugabe and veteran opposition kingpin Cross put paid to these quests.

Addressing mourners at his Blue Roof mansion in Harare, following the recent death of his wife Grace’s mother — Idah Marufu — Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to wholly embrace Mnangagwa as the country’s undisputed new leader.

“There was an election. Zanu PF was represented by Emmerson Mnangagwa and (Nelson) Chamisa represented MDC Alliance and results came out saying the person who won was Emmerson Mnangagwa, and I said zvava mugwara zvino (everything is now in order).

“We have accepted the result and we hope that we will continue respecting the will of the people.

“The gun does not and should not lead politics,” he said — sealing Mnangagwa’s leadership of the country.

Until his successor’s inauguration last month, Mugabe had done all in his power to derail Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu PF, including urging Zimbabweans to vote for Chamisa in last month’s hotly-disputed presidential poll.

Speaking at the same memorial service on Thursday, Grace — who had been in Singapore receiving treatment when her mother died, prompting Mnangagwa to scramble to find funds to charter a plane to bring her home for the burial — also praised the new Zanu PF leader for showing “love” towards the former first family.

“VaMnangagwa comforted me. If it takes my mother’s death for us to restore our old friendship, then let it be.

“VaMnangagwa loves us. He knows we love him too. We pray for him because it is God’s will that he is president of the country,” she said.

Meanwhile, and writing in his latest instalment of his keenly-followed blog on national politics, Cross challenged his former party boss Chamisa to accept Mnangagwa as the leader of the country.

“Firstly, we have held another election, it was more open, democratic and acceptable than any other electionI can recall, and I have been a player in all of them since 1980.

“When you appreciate that the MDC Alliance won only 570 councillor seats out of nearly 2 000 (28,6 percent), you can understand why I think the MDC Alliance claim of a presidential victory with 2,6 million votes is most unlikely and not credible.

“Not one of these council elections have been challenged — and how can they? ...

“That is why the Constitutional Court unanimously decided that Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected as president.

“It must also be understood that he (Mnangagwa) beat Nelson Chamisa by over 300 000 votes — nearly the same majority that Morgan Tsvangirai beat … Mugabe in 2002,” Cross wrote.

“Secondly, it is now clear that the international Community has accepted the above outcome ...

“Theresa May’s comments in South Africa that (Emmerson) Mnangagwa was elected as president and then the German minister of Development Cooperation announcing that their government was again open for business with Zimbabwe, sealed the issue.

“Thirdly, the new president, for the first time, is asking the whole country for help to secure the future and he has extended the hand of reconciliation to the opposition.

“I am deeply disappointed that the MDC Alliance seems to have turned its back on these initiatives and instead have continued to make the assertion that this was a ‘stolen’ election and that Chamisa is the legitimate president.

“Not only is this futile, but it also threatens further violence and instability when what we really need is national unity and an agreement to put our differences aside in a concerted effort to deal with the tough issues that confront us in the next five years,” Cross added.

Comments (15)

why pick on Prof Ncube and Kirsty when it is clear ther are other agendas,the cabinet does inspire confidence,anyone who thinks otherwise is either full of pride or seeking attention.

brighton guni - 9 September 2018

Here's advice for Chamisa: There's no harm in admitting it when ED has done something positive. As an opposition leader, you come out looking mature and stronger. You will be demonstrating to Zimbabweans that you mean well for them. In your case, however, you seem to criticise anything and everything ED does. You clearly have a nefarious agenda and Zimbabweans are beginning to see it. Before long it will be impossible to take anything you say seriously. So, grow up!! And - oh, by the way, this advice is for free. So, take it or leave it.....:).

Buns Tinobvinex - 9 September 2018

Well said Buns Tinobvinex!!

Will Blackman - 9 September 2018

Chamisa should be concentrating on supplying clean water in all towns. Ebola is now in the DRC and can reach Zimbabwe anytime. At the moment there is problem of cholera, typhoid etc and this is due to either dirty water being supplied in towns or no water at all. MDC is responsible for this failure to supply water. What a shame that money to buy water treatment chemicals was given to Vimbai Tsvangirai at one point. Corruption!!

Ndiyani Ndiyayi - 10 September 2018

Chamisa must explain why his party failed to have election agents at all polling stations yet there is money to have useless rallies after the election. This was an error by the party and someone must explain this. He can run around and preach theft, but if he is not honest enough to come clean on his shortcomings and how he assisted the theft he alleges, then he is a fraud!

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 10 September 2018

Daily Chamisa is proving how immature (as we have always been saying) he is. The ConCourt swamped and vetoed all his attempts to de-legitimise President Mnangagwa and his government. Chamisa has your slogan has been - God is in it - whether you win or lost. As Paul wrote in the bible you pretend to read and do not understand - " I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation......". The same Paul - previously Saul who was persecuting Christians was transformed by God into one of the generals of the Christian faith. The same persecutor went to write two thirds of the New Testament (bible). As a pastor Chamisa you should know that. Your attempts to continue to draw Zimbabwe back into the past are futile. We are fully behind President Mnangagwa and his cabinet. What God started in November 2017 in Zimbabwe will not be derailed by anyone. Hon Finance Minister Ncube, Hon Min Coventry and all the other ministers are part of that change to rebuild and reform our nation. Chamisa if you can resolve the mess in your own party that has started with the mayor's appointment in Bulawayo, the nation will be grateful. Also continue your fundraising, begging bowl jaunts disguised as thanksgiving rallies. with no parliamentary Chamisa knows by Christmas time he will be insignificant, within a year the economy will be firing and in four years time President Mnangagwa's cabinet and Zimbabwe will have turned all this around. We are in the diaspora and ready to bring our experience, skills and resources to rebuild Zimbabwe. As Christians we are peace makers, nation builders and blessing our nation not the strife and cursing Chamisa is vainly trying to bring on our nation. God bless President Mnangagwa, the cabinet and Zimbabwe. This is a new day!!!! Zimbabwe will be the jewel of Africa again.

Daniel 5 - 10 September 2018

This Chamisa guy needs to have his head examined. Many are starting to see him as an empty vessel making noise. He is proving to be too self-centred and ED does not need Chamisa to approve his cabinet appointments. Chamisa is surrounded by people ill-advising him. I think ZANU(PF) must increase the minimun presidential aspirants to 50 years as Nelson Chamisa is setting a wrong preceedence to well meaning young people. The elections are over and as a nation we now want to move forward with the elected President and is governement

raiza matope - 10 September 2018

@Daniel 5 - please speak for yourself. The skepticism is not only coming from Chamisa, many other ordinary Zimbabweans still feel let down by ZPF. Your optimism is nothing new, it has been around for almost 40 years, the reality is something else.

Sagitarr - 10 September 2018

Chamisa must look for a job. I am sure he can get a job in America. Chamisa and Biti are sellouts. They must go to the USA and seek asylum

Ndiani Ndiani - 10 September 2018

Regai Chamisa aite basa rake rekuvukura Va Mnangagwa vachitofamba nebhora tichingovona .

Hayibo - 10 September 2018

Too Bad, you must come up and work with others youngman. This is God's time ....this time nothing will work against Zimbabwe not even sanctions.....

Tm - 10 September 2018

Two words come to mind here: checkmate and irrelevance. I rest my case.

diaspora - 10 September 2018

I have always been saying chamisa is a psychiatric case on many occasions, but some may be out hate of ZANU PF and love for mdca have been seeing me as someone who hate chamisa. I dont hate him but his retrogresiveness thinking.

shunguhadziurayi - 10 September 2018

Whatever bad names you are giving Chamisa, he is the one with keys to this economy. You can hate him but will not change what God's anointment. Saul remained the king of Israel yet David was already anointed for the post and that is what is really happening in Zimbabwe. Watch the space.

Amalinze - 10 September 2018

Chamisa is now starting to be a small god for Zimbabwe why he is taking people of this country to be his sofas and TVs in his house, he needs to be educated that people are not your things he must not be like vharazipi who said mazivanhu angu

Macwevally Thompson - 11 September 2018

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