This comes barely days after Mutambara vowed he would not step down as deputy prime minister even when he is no longer president of the MDC and when Mugabe said he would not swear in Ncube if Mutambara does not resign as this would present legal challenges to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which brought about the fragile coalition government.
Ncube confirmed his meeting with Mugabe to Radio VOP late on Tuesday saying his agenda had been to present to the veteran leader his party’s new deployments in government.
“We met with President Robert Mugabe and the agenda of our meeting was to present to him the position of our party to redeploy our officials in government,” Ncube said.
Meanwhile President Mugabe is said to have asked for time to make consultations before making a decision on the MDC fiasco.
Some political analysts said it would be improper for Mugabe to refuse to appoint Ncube as the new principal leader of the MDC unless if there are court interdicts issued to stop that from happening.
Asked whether he planned to meet with the leader of the larger MDC party and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to advise him on his party’s latest turn of events,Ncube said “We don’t plan to meet with him because it’s not necessary to do so, we met President Mugabe because he is the one who appoints
and will swear in our new officials in government.”
However, officials of the party told Radio VOP that the party’s decision making body was due to meet on Thursday to consider Mutambara’s fate.
“If he remains intransigent like he is doing, he risks being expelled from the party and his position in government taken by somebody else.It seems it’s going to be the case,” said the official who asked for anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.