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Tsvangirai chides Ncube


MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday rebuked Welshman Ncube secretary-general of the smaller MDC-M party, who recently declared he wanted to take over his party’s leadership.
Tsvangirai said Ncube should have come out in the open before the 2005 split that he wanted to be president.
The MDC-T leader, who is also Prime Minister, warned Makokoba residents when he addressed a rally that they should be wary of such political elements.
Ncube led the breakaway from the main party led by Tsvangirai in 2005 and invited Arthur Mutambara who was in the United States to lead the party as its president.
Tsvangirai said it would have been better for Ncube to openly declare that his ultimate goal was to be MDC president.
“As we prepare our roadmap towards elections, some people will approach the constituency asking you to join their parties,” Tsvangirai said. “We have Zapu and the other MDC. I now hear that Ncube, who was beaten by (MDC-T vice president) Thokozani Khupe for the MP post, now wants to be president of MDC-M.
“Instead of hiring someone as he did with (MDC-M president Arthur) Mutambara, he now wants the post himself. It was better for him to come out in the open and say I want to be MDC president” said Tsvangirai, amid laughter from his audience.
Tsvangirai said people were wise and could not be easily fooled. He said his party was crafting a detailed strategy towards elections to avoid the repeat of the 2008 election.
“A roadmap towards the next election is being crafted. As MDC, we do not want a repeat of 2008 but a clear victory. I urge you to register for the elections” he said.
Tsvangirai said for Bulawayo, with a registered population of 300 000 votes, it did not make sense that only 56 000 people voted.
“We cannot have a situation where only an eighth of registered voters cast their ballot,” said Tsvangirai. “People should register at their polling stations and new voters should be identified and mobilised to join us.”
He however said no leader of the parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) had the right to call for elections without consulting other signatories.
“Mugabe cannot call for elections in Zimbabwe without consulting me and I cannot do the same. Consultations will be done and an agreed date announced,” he said without mentioning Mutambara, the third signatory of the GPA.
He said Southern Africa Development Community and African Union should deploy their monitors to facilitate a free and fair election.

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