Addressing a Press conference in Harare at the end of the two-day national vision-crafting workshop for 2040, the politicians said they had tasked the president of the Chiefs’ Council of Zimbabwe, Chief Fortune Charumbira, to mediate in the proposed reconciliation process.
Asked to comment on the proposal last night, Zanu-PF national chairman Cde John Nkomo would not immediately commit himself. He said more time was required to consider the proposal. Chief Charumbira could not be reached for comment.
Cde Tekere told journalists that although an apparent stand-off had emerged between him and President Mugabe, there was need to promote the national vision.
“I have talked to Chief Charumbira to facilitate dialogue with him (Cde Mugabe),” he said.
“Right now I am not able to see my friend (Cde) Sabina Mugabe (the President’s sister). Please, Chief, help me see my Sabina,” he said, adding that he was writing a liberation war book that included Cde Sabina Mugabe.
Cde Nkala also disclosed that he had talked to Chief Charumbira on the need to settle differences with the President.
“Normal people disagree, but there is a saying that ‘a nation that keeps scores to settle will never progress’. I have no score to settle with President Mugabe, but we disagree somehow,” said Cde Nkala.
Cde Nkala held various Cabinet posts in Government from 1980 to 1989.A former defence minister, he fell from grace after he was implicated in the widely publicised Willowgate scandal. He last met the President at a Bulawayo hotel in 2003.Cde Tekere is a former Zanu-PF secretary-general and was also a member of the party’s Central Committee. He was appointed Minister of Manpower Planning after independence in 1980 but was dismissed from Government the following year for opposing State policies.
He later formed his political party, the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM), and contested in the 1990 presidential election.Recently, Cde Tekere endorsed Mavambo Movement’s Dr Simba Makoni as an independent presidential candidate in the March 2008 harmonised elections.
The two-day workshop on national vision 2040 ended yesterday with various stakeholders coming up with views that are expected to craft a shared vision for the country.
The workshop was attended by Government officials, business people, bankers, war veterans, politicians, non governmental organisations and locals living in the Diaspora.
Officiating at the workshop, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara called for unity of purpose if the vision was to sail.
“Values are important. We need to understand where we are going and measure our success. We need to ensure that there is an action matrix that spells out who is doing what,” said Prof Mutambara.