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Tsvangirai Is Head of Government: MDC

President Head of State, Prime Minister Head of Government

The MDC notes with dismay the mischievous press reports alleging that the MDC President and Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Hon Morgan Tsvangirai is on a fund-raising mission for his party.

Today’s issue of The Herald makes another equally malicious claim that all executive authority in the inclusive government is vested in President Mugabe as the Head of State and Government, which is in itself a mischievous and dishonest claim.

We note with concern the abuse of state institutions, particularly The Herald and the ZBC. We continue to hear the Zanu PF voice. We continue to hear the voice of hatred, mendacity, falsehoods and unbridled malice.

President Mugabe is the Head of State while the Prime Minister Hon Morgan Tsvangirai is the Head of Government responsible for the government business in Parliament as well as the formulation and implementation of government policy, according to the Global Political Agreement.

President Mugabe is not the sole repository of executive authority as mischievously claimed by The Herald. Article 20 of the GPA is clear that executive authority rests with Cabinet, the President and the Prime Minister.

Zimbabweans are aware that the inclusive government is a combination of different political parties. It cannot be an inclusive team of exclusive players with one of them notoriously claiming executive player status.

The MDC also notes with dismay the insinuation that President Tsvangirai is on a fund-raising mission for the party. The MDC President has since reiterated that his mission is to re-engage the international community so that Zimbabwe once again rejoins the family of nations.

For the record, the MDC as a party has never ruptured relations with the international community and we cannot be held responsible for the negative perceptions the world has about those who thought sovereignty means severing ties with everyone.

All the MDC and its leadership have sought to do is to engage the international community to assist and support the inclusive government as a transitory mechanism which remains the most viable route to a new Zimbabwe and a new beginning.

We are a party of excellence. We do not believe in cheap politicking and unbridled propaganda which seeks to undermine and belittle the office of the Prime Minister and its responsibilities. We believe in honesty, transparency, equality, justice, respect, tolerance and freedom as the hallmark for building a new and better Zimbabwe.

Together to the end, marching to a new Zimbabwe.

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