Tsvangirai rules out revolt over mayor

Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not reverse the party’s decision to recommend academic Mandla Nyathi as Bulawayo’s new mayor despite reports that some newly elected councillors intend to ignore the directive, his spokesperson said yesterday.

Report by Nduduzo Tshuma

MDC-T last week nominated Nyathi, a lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology for the mayor’s post, while Ward 3 councillor Martin Moyo was selected to be his deputy.

The decision was made at a Bulawayo provincial meeting attended by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and his deputy Abednicho Bhebhe.

However, elected councillors will have the final say on the candidate when they vote at their first meeting.

There are reports that a group of councillors feel that Nyathi and Moyo were imposed on them, hence the alleged plot to sabotage the MDC-T’s plan for Bulawayo.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday played down fears that councillors might defy the party leader.

“All I can say is that there have been vigorous consultations,” he said.

“Our president is not a dictator, but consulted a number of stakeholders including residents associations.”

He ruled out any chance of a revolt saying the decision to recommend Nyathi was made after “wide consultations”.

But MDC-T insiders insisted Nyathi was an unpopular choice and described the selection process as chaotic.

They said Bulawayo lawyer Kucaca Phulu, who was eyeing the mayoral post, had to be called by some party members after he was not informed of Thursday’s provincial meeting where Nyathi was selected.

Tsvangirai has nominated Obert Gutu for Harare Mayor and Thomas Muzuva as his deputy and in Chitungwiza he has nominated Isaac Manyemba for Mayor in what has been viewed by many within and outside the party as imposition of candidates.


  1. Save siyanai nekutambiswa front dzakadai. Vanhu vamuri kunzi ndimi masarudza vakakundikana basa munozonyara. Macllrs chokwadi vanogona kuramba vanhu venyu ava nekuti havazivikanwe vachishandira musangano vozowanika pazvigaro.mucharangarira chitungwiza yakazvirba matumira gwaradzimba munhu asingazivikanwe makazonzvenga makavadzinga moti corruption. Vanhu ava chero makadii makadii save they will not deliver in a zpf gvt. They ll fail and fingers will be pointed at u.l thot u wuld keep a distance and influence from a distance.

  2. Let the councillors vote for the people they want. Why are you doing chiZANUPF.

    People that YOU THINK are suitable are not people that councillors KNOW ARE suitable.

    So for the sake of unity and not fracturing the party, respect the advice and wishes of councillors. They are on the ground. They know their relationships amongst each other. Respect their opinion and choices.

    Avoid the I-KNOW-WHATS-BEST mentality. Being a leader of the party does not mean you dictate. You also listen.

  3. @Maone u are rite and thats delegation. This guys is not himself. His people want to see him fail for sure. Imagine H.E. RG Mugabe handpick mayors instead of Chombo and ZANU PF Chairman/Spokesman.

    Authority iyathandeka kule insizwa. He wants to be seen to be doing something. Playing from the sidelines would have been better option……ohoooo poor MDT-Tea Leader

  4. I think the text of this article should focus on Tsvangirai having appointed so-and-so to a post on the recommendation of a certain party organ which deliberated on the matter. This article suggests that MT just woke up and announced the name of the mayor without consulting anyone. It should be like: ‘on the recommendation of the MDC T provincial council, Tsvangirai nominated so-and-so as mayor elect for Bulawayo.’

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