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Is it True that Tsvangirai has no capacity to negotiate?
9 months ago | 2059 Views
Recently someone once very close and dare to our Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said something that some people have been discussing behind close doors, that the PM needs "psychological evaluation" and help.
On 14 July 2012 in an interview with the Sunday Mail the leader of the smaller MDC faction, Professor Welshman Ncube revealed that the MDC-T leader cannot be trusted by those he gives the responsibility to tackle issues on behalf of the party because even up to now, he changes positions whenever there is a backlash.
Said Prof Ncube: "You recall that in the united MDC I was tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with Zanu-PF . . . We negotiated many of the amendments to Posa, Aippa, all of those things were negotiated.
"When you negotiate, you always have a principal. Your principal is the leader of the party, your president. So, you always negotiate within the parameters of what you are given. Where you cannot agree, you go back and report that you cannot agree; this is what is on the table, what about this? You are then given a mandate, okay, go and try this one.
I always did that but "Among ourselves, with Tsvangirai as the president of the MDC, we were always able to agree to say okay let us do this. But when you went outside that, one never always got the support on things that we would have agreed on ... If you have a principal who authorises a compromise and then backtracks on that compromise, that is a problem.
From the comments from those close to the PM in his personal and professional circles there maybe a strong argument for those questioning Tsvangirai's leadership qualities.
However he is the only opposition leader who has managed to survive against Mugabe for more than decade. Could it be that people underestimating him is his secret weapon in negotiations?