Chamisa Under Pressure Not to Accept a Ministerial Position
5 September 2018
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Leader of the opposition, MDC Alliance is under pressure from his colleagues and senior party members to negotiate for a better arrangement with Zanu PF amid indications that President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants to slot him among ministers as he cannot temper with the Presidium.

Chamisa who garnered 44.3% against Mnangagwa’s 50.8% is believed to be in talks with Zanu PF with a view to forming an inclusive arrangement, however sources close to the 40 year old politician said they will not allow him to accept a ministerial post which they believe is not worthy of his political value.

This is confirmed by earlier reports which indicated that Chamisa had demanded that Mnangagwa disregard his earlier appointments of Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi as his two deputies.
“His colleagues and other MDC Alliance leaders told him not to accept a ministerial post as that would be unfair considering that he won elections though they were rigged,
“He has also been warned against being a weak partner in any arrangement because that is how Tsvangirai lost the plot in 2008,” said the source.

Tsvangirai accepted the position of Prime Minister while former President maintained his presidium and this seemed to have backfired as he went on to lose the 2013 elections.

According to the current constitution, there is no place for a Prime Minister meaning if Mnangagwa maintains his two vice Presidents, there will not be a place for Chamisa in the Presidium.

Should they agree for a Prime Minister position as is the 2008 arrangement, this would require a constitutional amendment which according to constitutional law experts would set a bad precedence for the country.