Fireworks Expected At National Security Council meeting

The Office of the Prime Minister’s wrote a notification to all ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, principal directors and all senior government officials advising that the GWP workshop had been postponed to next week.

“The workshop, which was scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week, has been moved to the same days next week to allow for an urgent National Security Council meeting on Friday,” read part of the statement from Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jameson Timba.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seats in the National Security Council enshrined in the Global Political Agreement together with the country’s service chiefs. The meeting is potentially going to be full of fireworks as there is known bad blood between the service chiefs and Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai has in the past effectively accused the service chiefs of masterminding a silent coup in Zimbabwe, claiming that he doubted if Mugabe was still in charge of the country.

The meeting also comes in the background of the expiry of service terms for the Commissioner General of Police Augustine Chihuri and that of Army Commander Constantine Chiwenga.

Contacted for comment Minister Timba refused to give the agenda of the of the urgent National Security Council meeting.

President Robert Mugabe chairs the National Security Council which is made up of Vice-presidents Joyce Mujuru and John Nkomo, Tsvangirai, the two deputy Prime ministers Thokozani Khupe and Arthur Mutambara, ministers responsible for finance, the defence forces and the police, and one minister nominated by each of the three political parties who are signatories to the GPA.

The objective of the Prime Minister’s GWP workshop was to enable government to adopt the key priorities for 2012 in line with the budget and the Medium Term Plan.