THIS is the document detailing the role of a Prime Minister in an envisaged “Inclusive Government” in Zimbabwe.
The leaked document was sent anonymously to New Zimbabwe.com and verified as authentic with several sources.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has so far declined to sign this document, saying his powers are insufficient.
All but except three of the President’s powers as set out in the Constitution of Zimbabwe are now cross-referenced either with the Prime Minister, Cabinet or both.
The remaining presidential powers are the power to declare a state of emergency, the power to make pardons and the power to declare war or make peace.
Those three, however, still require the president to consult Cabinet.
In the interest of debate, we publish the full document below:
ROLE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
1. Cabinet is the organ of state that carries the principal responsibility of formulating and implementing the government policies agreed to in the Global Agreement. The Executive Authority of the Inclusive Government resides in the President, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
2. The Prime Minister is a Member of the Cabinet and its Deputy Chairperson.
In that regard, he carries the responsibility to oversee the formulation of policies by the Cabinet.
3. The Prime Minister must ensure all the policies formulated are implemented in accordance with the programme developed by the Ministries and agreed to in Cabinet.
4. In overseeing the implementation of the agreed policies, the Prime Minister must ensure that the state has sufficient resources and appropriate operational capacity to carry out its functions effectively.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister will necessarily have to ensure that all state organs are geared towards the implementation of the policies of the inclusive government.
5. The President and the Prime Minister will agree on the allocation of Ministries between them for the purpose of day-to-day supervision.
6. The Prime Minister must ensure that the legislation necessary to enable government to carry out its functions is in place. In this regard, he carries the responsibility of conducting the business of government in Parliament.
7. The Prime Minister also advises the President on key appointments the President is required to make under and in terms of the Constitution or any Act of Parliament.
8. The Prime Minister can make recommendations on such disciplinary measures as may be necessary.
9. The Prime Minister shall serve as a member of the National Security Council and this will ensure his participation in deliberations on matters of national security and operations pertaining thereto.
10. As the work of the Inclusive Government evolves, the President or Cabinet may assign such additional functions as necessary to further enhance the work of the Inclusive Government.
11. The Prime Minister shall report regularly to the President.