Mutambara keeps Zimbabweans guessing over his future

12:13, February 02, 2011      

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Ousted leader of the smaller MDC faction and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara is keeping people guessing over his future after President Robert Mugabe gave him what appeared to be a lifeline by declaring that he will not fire him.

Mutambara lost the leadership of his party to former secretary- general Welshman Ncube, leading to attempts by the party to have him replaced with Ncube as deputy prime minister in the inclusive government.

However, Mugabe told the Zimbabwean community in Ethiopia at the weekend that he would not fire Mutambara from the deputy prime minister's post as this had legal implications.

"It creates legal matters, it complicates issues. They were able to remove him politically, but legally he was sworn in as a Member of Parliament. I swore him in as Deputy Prime Minister. "It' s up to him if he wants to resign, but if he refuses, well, we are stuck, but the GPA will go ahead," Mugabe told media.

But while observers say Mutambara can only do the honorable thing and resign since his party had clearly shown to him that he was no longer needed to represent it at the highest level.

"If he is clever he should resign, otherwise the party will fire him from its ranks and then we will have another problem. There is no way he can continue to be deputy prime minister while he is not a member of the party which is a stakeholder in the inclusive government," an observer said.

Mutambara is currently out of the country and Zimbabweans are eager to hear what he will say about his future when he returns.

His party hopes, however, that Mugabe will respect its wishes to redeploy its members in government, even if he may not want to leave the job he got on a silver platter.

Mutambara was invited while he was in the Diaspora to come and lead a faction of the MDC which had split from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's mainstream party following political differences.

Although there is a small faction within the party supporting him and seeking to nullify Ncube's election in the courts of law, indications are that he is going one way.

Source: Xinhua
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