HARARE – The break-away MDC formation led by Industry and Commerce minister Welshman Ncube says instead of being shocked by police conduct Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai should provide answers.
Early this week police arrested four staffers from Tsvangirai’s office and Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyers — courting the ire of the international community and the attention of Sadc — facilitators to the unity government.
Two more workers at the premier’s office were picked up on Thurdsay, bringing the number to six.
On Monday, Tsvangirai who leads the larger MDC formation and a former ally of Ncube said he is pushing for Sadc to call for an urgent summit as he seeks an end to the crackdown that many fear can only escalate ahead of a watershed plebiscite.
However, Ncube’s MDC says Tsvangirai, who shares executive powers with Mugabe, should instead of leaning on the meditation of Sadc provide answers.
While Tsvangirai himself has been a victim, Ncube’s MDC sees its ally-turned- foe as part of the problem.
Nhlanhla Dube, MDC spokesperson, said the unravelling crackdown on dissenting voices is a horrible manifestation of the “cosy relationship” between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
“The two have met on numerous Monday meetings under the guise of fixing the deteriorating political situation in the country but little or nothing at all has changed,” said Dube.
“After each and every one of these meetings, the nation has been assured through Tsvangirai, who appears to be the spokesperson of Mugabe and his side-kick Arthur Mutambara, of agreements that the country will never again see violence yet the results we see on the ground are to the contrary,” said Dube.
Indeed there is no love lost between the former comrades with attempts to forge a grand coalition to topple Mugabe now a pipedream.
Dube’s statements expose the deep animosity between Ncube and Tsvangirai ahead of polls.
Ncube who does not have the privilege to seat among government principals says apart from Mugabe, Tsvangirai should also come clean on the violence scourge.
“This worsening political situation only goes to prove that Tsvangirai and Mugabe are either not as in charge as they wish us to believe or are happy with it,” said Dube.