chinamasa 11-11-10 ed.jpgJustice and Legal Affairs Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, says the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has constitutional powers to re-assign provincial governors and to reshuffle or re-call ambassadors.

Cde Chinamasa’s sentiments follow letters written by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to the United Nations, the European Union Commission and other organisations which implied that Cde Mugabe acted unconstitutionally when he reshuffled ambassadors and re-assigned provincial governors.

He said governors are part of the simultaneous and concurrent implementation that all the 3 parties in the Global Political Agreement agreed to in Maputo, adding that Cde Mugabe acted within the parameters of the constitution.

“MDC has not been genuine ever since. We agreed in Maputo that the issue of governors was to be dealt with simultaneously with the issue of sanctions but whenever the issue of sanctions is raised, MDC walks out. Cde Mugabe acted within the parameters of the constitution by re-assigning the governors as an interim measure,” said Minister Chinamasa.

On the issue of ambassadors, Cde Chinamasa said an ambassador represents the Head of State wherever they may be stationed and their letters are signed by the President, meaning that the same President has the powers to re-shuffle or re-call ambassadors.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai wrote to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and the President of the European Union Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso requesting the organisations not to recognise the 6 ambassadors appointed by President Mugabe.