President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reported to be negotiating with the country’s biggest opposition party, the MDC-T, over the formation of an inclusive cabinet. Mnangagwa is reported to be very keen on including senior officials from the opposition in his cabinet as he seeks to turn around the country’s fortunes. Mnangagwa, who was inaugurated on Friday is yet to announce his Cabinet. The president has only named two acting ministers in his cabinet, Acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, amid indications that he is yet to conclude negotiations with MDC-T Leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
However, according to MDC legislator for Zengeza Simon Chidhakwa, Tsvangirai is conflicted about the idea of an inclusive cabinet as some of the senior members of his party are dead set against the idea, fearing that it could weaken their party, while others are for it.
Chidhakwa told the Daily News:
Tere were mixed feelings over the matter because some believe that it is not wise for us to involve ourselves because we risk losing value before elections. Others, however, think we can come in as long as we are guaranteed that far-reaching reforms around issues to do with elections and the people’s liberties, including civil and political are guaranteed.
In view of the mixed feelings expressed, the president said it was imperative that we prepare for elections hence he emphasised the need to escalate our voter registration drive
Tsvangirai is expected to table the matter before his party’s national executive. Speaking at Mnangagwa’s inauguration last week Tsvangirai confirmed that he was willing to talk to Zanu-PF although he highlighted the issue of inadequate time saying:
It was good for us to form a unity government but taking into consideration the time which is left before elections, it doesn’t make sense. He (Mnangagwa) must complete (the) few months which are left. It was good for us to work together and take our country forward but for now, it can be problematic because it will create division by picking certain people to be included in his government
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