via Tsvangirai to vacate Charter House – DailyNews Live by Chengetai Zvauya
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to vacate his Charter House office at the end of this month.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the development saying the PM’s office — situated along Samora Machel Avenue in Harare — was winding down its operations following the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe for a seventh term last week.
“In the (new) Constitution there is no office of the PM and it follows that the office is going to be closed and we are not worried about it,” said Tamborinyoka.
“It has been known for a long time that the office operations will come to an end and we don’t have problems with that as we know that it was not going to be a permanent office.”
He said staff members at Charter House were going to be redeployed with some of them reverting back to the Public Service Commission and some heading back to Harvest House, the MDC’s headquarters.
“I am one of the staff who came from Harvest House and I shall return together with other staff members who originally came from there,” Tamborinyoka said.
Charter House also accommodated the offices of the portfolio of Water Resources, formerly under minister Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo and the ministry of State Enterprises and Parastatals under Gordon Moyo.
Prior to joining the expired coalition government, Tsvangirai had been operating from Harvest House.
His Charter House operation has been dogged with controversy, with Zanu PF ministers claiming that Tsvangirai was running a parallel structure of government from his office.
Alex Magaisa headed the political and legal affairs department in the Prime Minister’s office while Ian Makone headed the administrative unit.
They will also vacate the office together with their boss.
Government has also withdrawn police officers who were guarding Tsvangirai’s premises.