Suddenly, Morgan Tsvangirai Is No Longer "Prime Minister"
Morgan Tsvangirai, seen here addressing a press conference at his party offices day before yesterday, is now under fire from Mugabe's lapdogs. No longer recognised as Prime Minister in the state media today, Tsvangirai has had a humiliating assault launched on him by Mugabe's spokesman who said that Zimbabwe will continue to have "financial transactions with or without a Prime Minister"
Harare, Zimbabwe, 03 September 2009
As I have been telling you, all hell has broken loose in Zimbabwe this morning.
For the first time since the formation of the Inclusive Government, Morgan Tsvangirai is no longer referred to as Prime Minister, but simply as "Tsvangirai" and "the MDC leader".
In a huge splash on its front page, Mugabe has sent his attack dog, Spokesman George Charamba, to launch a scathing and humiliating attack on the Prime Minister, not once referring to him by his official title and denying him any position in government at all.
The substance of the story itself is not news to my readers.
Mugabe has now publicly and for the first time come out to say that he will not swear-in Roy Bennett, Tsvangirai's nominee for Deputy Minister of Agriculture until the court case against him is finished and he is cleared.
Of course, we all remember Mugabe telling Arthur Mutambara: "He (Bennett) will not be acquitted."
So there is an end to that.
He also says he is not going to fire Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Tomana.
Instead, says Mugabe, he will tell SADC Heads of State in Kinsasha next week that the biggest threat to the Inclusive Government is the issue of sanctions.
On Tomana and Gono, Charamba says, "Financial transactions are taking place everyday with or without a Prime Minister. Criminals are committing crimes everyday with or without an inclusive government. Trying to imagine a Zimbabwe without these two officials for just one hour - let alone eight months - is inconceivable."
Charamba also confirmed the story I told you two weeks ago that Mugabe had confronted Tsvangirai with the issue during their weekly meetings, telling the Prime Minister that he will not give in to any more demands until these were lifted.
"Three weeks ago, the President confronted Morgan Tsvangirai at Zimbabwe House on this very issue and at the time, the president believed that MDC-T leader had got it through his head that this was a central issue," said Charamba.
He added that the president was now "having second thoughts" on the whole matter.
The MDC led by Arthur Mutambara, through their own spokesman, Edwin Mushoriwa, says it is with ZANU PF on not placing Zimbabwe on the SADC agenda.
"We believe that the solution to Zimbabwe's problems vests with the people of Zimbabwe."
So at the SADC Summit in Kinsasha, Mugabe and Mutambara will be in one corner and Tsvangirai will be on his own.
As I told you before as was subsequently confirmed by events, the position of SADC is that there is a Joint Implementations and Monitoring Committee in Zimbabwe that sees to these disputes and only when ALL three principals agree that there is stalemate will SADC step in.
But if two of the parties say there is no stalemate, then SADC will simply refer them back to JOMIC, within the borders of Zimbabwe.
And here, Mugabe still reigns supreme.
As I finished typing this, I got information of an even more sensational development, which I will post up immediately after this article.
Suffice to say, right now, we can say that the deal between Mugabe and Tsvangirai is as good as dead.