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MDC leaders protest Mugabe’s plan to block Tsvangirai’s leadership
Withdrawing from the inclusive government "can be considered", MDC warns
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has today ruled out pulling out from the coalition government- at least- for now, but endorsed his ministers’ action of boycotting cabinet meeting on Monday.
Ministers from the MDC on Monday refused to atteded a hastily arrangend cabinet meeting that was meant to pave the way for President Mugabe to attend an African Union meeting in Libya today.
Cabinet traditionally meets every Tuesday, but MDC ministers boycotted saying it was meant to deny Tsvangirai from chairing while Mugabe is away in Libya.
"I endorse the actions and statement by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe that the greateset challange Zimbabwe faces is one of old attitudes that refuse to accept the new order. I stand by my minister not to attended cabinate on Monday as they where espressing their frustrations" said Tsvangirai at a press briefing.
Tsvangirai returned to Harare on Monday in ther afternoon after cabinet had met. Only Zanu PF ministers attended. Khupe on Monday said it was their constitutional right to consider disengagement from government as nobody is bound by it.
Khupe, the party’s deputy leader said MDC was fundamentally committed to the global political agreement (GPA) but "for a long time we have remained the polite and subservient upholders of the GPA against clear evidence of the absence of a reliable and honest partner."
Tsvangirai said when he arrived on Monday he met Mugabe and told him that his ministers’ actions "represent deep frustration of Zimbabweans due to his (Mugabe) stubborn stance on reneging on agreed principles"
He said there is no thinking within the MDC of withdrawing from the frigale inclusive goverment but that "can be considered".
"Zimbabweans do not want a half implemented agreement that brings with it more dissapointment than hope and more frustration than progress. Those residual elements in our midst must decide whether or not they are going to honour the commitments they made or whether they are going to conitinue to attempt to obstruct and impede the progress of our nation" he said.
Meanwhile, Tsvangirai has said his three-week tour of United Stetes and Europe yielded pledges totalling more than $500 million. "The amount of assistance that was raised on my visit to Europe and the United States does not reflect the enormous support we will be able to utilise if we are to fulfil all our political obligations," he said.
But he said promises of aid would be fulfilled only when Zimbabwe created a democracy and improved human rights. "If we want outside assistance, we must first prove that we are able to fulfil the obligations we have undertaken within the agreement that was brokered by SADC," he said..
"Actions speak louder than words and while I was away there were instances of peaceful protestors being beaten by our police, innocent individuals arrested on trumped up charges and continued vilification of the MDC by the state media."