Presidential spokesperson George Charamba has said Members of Parliament who are trying to push President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint a Vice-President are “ignorant”.
Speaking to NewsDay on Monday, Charamba said Mnangagwa will make the appointment in his own time. Said Charamba:
It is a prerogative of the President to decide when to appoint a minister or a Vice-President.
Do you think you can force us to do something we don’t want to do? At what point does Parliament make decisions for the Executive?
How does the Legislature force the hand of the Executive? On what basis?
Parliament is out of order; they have no reason compelling appointments which are a prerogative of the President.
It is not their duty and they must keep off and know their terms. It’s straightforward, they are ignorant.
Last month, Magwegwe MP Anele Ndebele (MDC Alliance) raised a matter of privilege in the National Assembly, requesting to know when a second Vice President would be appointed in the spirit of the 1987 Unity Accord.
The Unity Accord created two Vice President posts one from the former PF ZAPU party which was led by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo and the other from ZANU PF.
Former ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman, Temba Mliswa, who is Norton MP (Independent) has also called for the appointment of a second VP, saying the people of Matabeleland were being deprived of representation.
The post has been vacant since February last year when Kembo Mohadi resigned amid revelations that he was involved in a love affair with a married female staffer in his office.
Meanwhile, journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has advised opposition MPs to desist from entanglement in ZANU PF factional fights by calling for Mohadi’s replacement, saying instead, they should be holding Mnangagwa’s government to account. He said:
I wouldn’t use the word ignorant, but misplaced! Any opposition MP agitating for the appointment of Mohadi’s replacement is getting involved in ZANU PF factionalism!
There are so many issues to take to parliament like Corruption, Clean Drinking Water, Plunder of natural resources and more.
Opposition MPs should use their parliamentary time to hold Mnangagwa’s Government to account for its failures and not get involved in ZANU PF factionalism fighting for another freeloader to come on board!
The appointment of another Vice President will not make the life of Zimbabweans, it will make things worse because it means another fat cat looting public funds. Why would the opposition be pushing for that?
The only VP who served alone since 1987 was Joice Mujuru (2009 to 2014) following the death of Joseph Msika who was from the former PF ZAPU party.