Mugabe in no-show, again!


HARARE – President Robert Mugabe yesterday failed to call a scheduled meeting to discuss the draft constitution.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC by legislative representation, were advised that the Principals’ meeting to discuss the constitution would take place yesterday after the Cabinet meeting.

But again, Mugabe did not call his two coalition partners for the meeting, which was scheduled for Munhumutapa Building — the citadel of government power.

The 88-year-old leader headed straight home after the Cabinet meeting, according to sources.

It is just the latest cancelled meeting after another Principals’ meeting on Tuesday last week again failed as Mugabe was in another no-show. Yesterday’s meeting was expected to clear hurdles prior to the eagerly-awaited Second All-Stakeholders Conference.

George Charamba, Mugabe’s spokesperson, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Tsvangirai, who is spending the post-wedding break with his new wife Elizabeth Macheka at his new Highlands mansion was frustrated by the cancellation of the meeting after clearing his afternoon schedule.

“The PM was on standby, he understood there was going to be a meeting but it did not take place,” the Prime Minister’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said yesterday.

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