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THE acrimonious leadership wrangles in the MDC-T have vindicated Zanu PF’s insistence, over in the past decade and half, that the opposition party cannot be trusted to run the country, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa has said.

The MDC-T has been torn by a power struggle pitting party leader Morgan Tsvangirai against secretary general Tendai Biti which has seen the movement effectively splinter in two.

Mutsvangwa told a two day conference in Harare organised by the Southern Africa Political and Economic Series (SAPES) Trust and the National Endowment Democracy (NED) that Zimbabwe would have imploded if the opposition party had been allowed to govern.

The conference ran under the theme, “Reinforcing Zimbabwe’s Process: A Dialogue to Reinforce Engagement”.

Biti, finance minister in the last coalition government, was part of the panellists at the discussion along with Simba Makoni, leader of Mavambo Kusile.

“The past few weeks have produced a few positive things for us to see,” said Mutsvangwa.

“In the past two or three weeks we have seen the brittleness of some political parties. That means that maybe Zanu PF was right to defend the territory which it had because the fragility of those political parties would eventually have transcended onto the nation of Zimbabwe … l don’t know how we could have survived with the fragility which is being exhibited by the MDC now.”

Mutsvangwa said Zanu PF had been heartened by the respect it was now getting from western diplomats accredited to Harare and sections of the political opposition.

“After 31 July the discourse which we have seen from the opposition and my two colleagues here Tendai Biti and Simba Makoni is good.

“They are finally acknowledging that Zanu PF is an important player in the national economy and politics of Zimbabwe and the future of this country,” said Mutsvangwa.

“It is an admission that Zanu PF is an important player in the politics of Zimbabwe and that Zanu PF has got a lot to contribute to the future of Zimbabwe.

“Once that is acknowledged it makes it very easy to sort of engage in dialogue but that has not been the reality in the last 10 to 15 years.

“There was a perception that Zanu PF is transient and that what happened in the 1980s and 1970s when we brought about independence was not important.”

In his address to the national council meeting that suspended party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and six others two weeks ago Biti said the MDC-T needed to come “to terms with the liberation struggle and accept it as a major milestone in the history of the country that should never be wished away by anyone”.

Mutsvangwa said President Robert Mugabe’s government has been talking to European Union (EU) member countries and, thus far, had received positive feedback.

“I want to take the concerns that have been raised here to my government to improve the atmosphere of exchange between us and the West,” he said.

“It is an assignment which I have already been working on and we are happy to say that the response which I have been getting from various industries including those who are EU member countries has been very good.”

The deputy minister said there was also a new level of appreciation from government of need to not only re-engage but create new partnerships with the international community for the good of the country.

“I am also happy to say that I am getting similar support within the government there is a new appreciation that we have been moving onto a new page in our global initiatives with everybody so we will and the intention to engage is there and we will continue to explore ways to do so,” he said.

Zimbabwe has in the past decade and half been labelled a pariah state due to its anti-western policies and rhetoric as well as alleged human rights abuses that attracted restrictive measures from the EU and other countries.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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