Last month, Mutambara announced that he had expelled Ncube from the party after the MDC national council sought to redeploy him to the Regional Integration and International Co-operation portfolio.
Ncube, who replaced Mutambara at the MDC congress last month, was supposed to take over as DPM but President Robert Mugabe refused to swear him in.
In a response to a provisional order instructing him to “stop masquerading” as the MDC president, Mutambara said the reports in the state media suggesting that he wanted to remove Ncube and other ministers who engineered his ouster were false.
“For the record, I never announced through the ZBC that I was going to be announcing a cabinet reshuffle of the MDC ministers,” Mutambara said as he tried to thrash out the certificate of urgency for the urgent chamber application.
Mutambara’s u-turn could be an indication that he has lost the battle for the control of the party.
According to the constitution, for one to be a cabinet minister they have to be a member of the House of Assembly.
The next step was for Mutambara to inform the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo that a vacancy had been created with the “expulsion” of Ncube.
The robotics professor still claims to be the president of the MDC and denies that he voluntarily gave way to Ncube.
But Mugabe revealed recently that Mutambara confided in him that he would not be contesting the presidency because officials in the party had ganged up against him.