‘Biti, Mangoma in same corner’


MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti has been accused by colleagues in his party of backing Elton Mangoma in his calls for the ouster of leader Morgan Tsvangirai.


The MDC-T’s national secretary for defence and security Giles Mutsekwa, speaking at a party meeting in Mutare yesterday led a fierce attack on the party’s deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and Biti accusing them of bringing the name of the party into disrepute.

He accused Biti of being behind the whole issue, saying the party’s secretary-general was power-hungry.

Biti and Mangoma were also accused of poking their unwelcome noses into the affairs of Manicaland Province.

“This message is for Tendai Biti and Mangoma. They should know that Manicaland province is behind the leadership of Morgan Tsvangirai. We organised this meeting to convey a message that Manicaland is still going strong under the leadership of (David) Chimhini,” Mutsekwa said.

The meeting was attended by Manicaland provincial secretary Misheck Kagurabadza, national organising secretary for women’s assembly Lynette Karenyi, former Mutasa North MP Chimhini and axed Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhamarare among other high profile party figures in the province. “Those who are following him (Mangoma) at some point tried to join Welshman Ncube in 2005 when the party split,” charged Mutsekwa.

The former Housing minister, who is viewed by his camp in the province as the provincial “godfather” added, “Mangoma had never at any time represented Manicaland province.

“I didn’t join the MDC, but I formed it. Mangoma joined it and now he is an outcast, he never had the party at heart and he is a traitor,” he said.

The meeting also called for the ouster of Mangoma, Biti and those in provincial leadership suspected to be backing Mangoma’s calls for leadership renewal.

They accused those fighting in Mangoma’s corner of being “sell-outs”.

“We are in the midst of a struggle and in that struggle we don’t need to change commanders,” said Mutsekwa.

“I was briefed by the president of the party himself about his (Mangoma’s) behaviour and we are of the view that he should appear before a disciplinary tribunal.

“We also advised the president to follow the roots of some of these people to see where they came from and what their intentions are.”

David Chimhini, who contested and lost to provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma weighed in saying they called the meeting to find out if the districts were still behind Tsvangirai.

Karenyi said the women’s assembly would not allow people to bring the name of the party into disrepute.

Mutsekwa also defended the expelled mayor and three other councillors who allegedly connived and formed a pact with Zanu-PF councillors in Mutare during mayoral elections.

He said the move was necessary to thwart Biti’s attempts to grab power.

Manicaland provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya, who has written on social networks backing Mangoma, said they would not lose sleep over the “illegal meeting”.

“We don’t recognise parallel structures. This province is chaired by Julius Magarangoma and I am his spokesperson,” he said.

“We conduct our meetings at the provincial offices not in the bush.

“They can bark whatever they want, but we will not recognise that and we will not lose sleep over that.”

Representatives of all the party’s 26 districts in Manicaland province attended the meeting and pledged their loyalty to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai. A public spate broke out last week after Mangoma’s controversial letter to the party leader advising him to step down was leaked to the Press.

The letter stormed a heated debate among party members with some calling for Mangoma to be fired from the party while others backed him.

Mangoma and party leader Tsvangirai later met privately on Sunday and reportedly resolved their differences after the MDC-T national executive issued a gag order barring party members from publicly discussing the succession issue.

Contacted for comment Biti said: “I cannot comment on that,” before switching off his phone.



    • If all members of the Mdc-t standing committe we like Mangoma Mdc-t could be in power,Tsvangirai is busy doing blunders and he is not caution cause those who r suppose to do so knows very well tht if ever thy utter anythng thy wont survive.Its not about individuals but its a peopes project which requires critiscim of inefficiency coducts.Trueth shall set Mdc-t free not hero whosshing

    • Thank God, ZANU PF is also resisting leadership renewal, thereby unknowingly lending credibility to MDC’s not so private leadership fight.

      Unbecoming for a movement fighting for democratic participation of a new leader in government.

      Say by process of natural elimination, ZANU PF finds itself with a new younger leader before 2018. Then what of our good old brave Tsvangirai, i bet you he will be the old guard wearing Mugabe shoes in that election.

      So long live Robert Mugabe, til 2018 as lest, so world media and the world can prepare for another world famous Mugabe vs Tsvangirai battle of wills. Can’t wait..

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  2. To unpopular Mutsvekwa Lovemore Moyo and Abdenico Bhebhe once joined Welshmen Ncube and thy r now back in Mdc-t ther is any problem? if thy is which means thy should be painted with same brush which painted Mangoma.Democracy is now dieng a natural death in Mdc-t how can one be charged for speaking his mind or excising his democratic right,Culture of hero whoship is killing Mdc-t if tht is not dealt with now forget to win election in 2018 and positions which need to be changed for the better of the part are Vice president,National Chairman and National Organiser

    To Tamborunyoka,if Tsvangirai and Mangoma r now friends why Mangoma is still suspended and why Tsvangirai is signing for Mangomas Office?

    • Good question but what you fail to recognize is the fact that Moyo and Bhebe never called for Tsvangirai to go because to do so would be speaking on behalf of Mugabe and ZANUPF. Calling for MDC-T leader to go is a ZANUPFsong which was composed as far back as 2002. To MDC-T Mangoma is being sent by ZANUPF, I might be wrong but this a reasonable accusation. He should come out clean on this one. Ask him why he lost in the election ,he will say Mugabe & Zanupf rigged it, so what crime has Tsvangirai committed? In support of Mr Mutseyekwa when you are still in a battle it is stupid to the commanders. To do so willbe throwing yourself in the hands of your enemy. This calling should be directed to Mugabe who in 33years of dictatorial rule has destroyed everything, Our educated children and grandchildren are competing for space to sell juice cards.

      • Mangoma and Biti could be acting alone as well. Just because it may be the same thing Zanu-PF wanted in 2002 (which is now a good 12 years ago) doesn’t mean they have been sent by Zanu-PF. Besides now that Zanu is in power, and Moggy has proved to be ineffective, him staying as MDC-T leader will do them more harm than good. Like Zanu, MDC do also need a change of leader

  3. Mutsvekwa must be charged by the part how can he attack someone who is not able to defend for himself coz Mangoma was summoned nt to talk to the media.Let democracy take its course Lovemore Moyo we know u r dead as a dodo take action and stop being biased

    • How can Mutseyekwa purport to speak for Manicaland when he lost in his own constituency? Manicaland spokesman Muchauraya has said clearly he is the spokesman for MDCT in Manicaland so now which is which? I think now you have a real circus all because there are those people who are using the office of Tsvangirayi to hide from going to congress where they know their flirtation with leadership of the party will be killed. Tsvangirayi is killing this party..why is he protecting these malcontents when congress can easily do the work for him by cleaning up the rot? People like Mutseyekwa, Theresa Makone, Chamisa, more so Chairman Moyo and others are finished politically and their only hope is hide behind Tsvangirayi and dragging the party down with them. Advice to Morgan- This is too big a project to allow hijackers to kill it..get rid of these ticks which are sucking the blood of the party dry. Call for congress and EXPOSE them and you will have a cleaner and more serious team. These fellows are not your friends but baggage dragging your STAR down.

  4. I think its myopia to suggest that the communication abt leadership renewal by Mangoma is betrayal of the struggle.But it shows how much more people are glued to Tsvangirai than the party’s policies.If people want to hero worship Morgan let them!Changing Morgan is not banishing him from the party,he will be stl there.Democracy allows leadership change accordingly!
    If Mdc t wants to be democratic and successful,let it wean itself from individual politicking to party policies propagation.Let it learn from ANC!
    MORGAN hs played his role,let another person relieve him!

    • So does democracy mean pple must go to the media and discus their internal affairs? Mangoma was not charged for his position or request for leadership renewal but for the platform and the way he used to air his grievances or his position. This is an internal mater that has nothing to do with the media or any body else. Discipline is very important in an organisation

  5. Find space for me express my views on Mangoma issue. In response to the letter allegedly written by Elton Mangoma MDC T Deputy Treasurer General to MDC T leader Morgan Tsvangirai. It is a letter of FAME to some people in the society rather belittling it to a letter SHAME as some sections of the society want us to believe. Thumbs up to Elton Mangoma for saying the truth that if it is him who allegedly penned the letter, you are a true selfless and fearless democrat, you said the truth without fear and favor no matter how spin doctors try to scream, jump and kick but you nailed it. It is disgusting that whenever one dares to challenge the MDC T leadership is labeled a ZANU PF project sent to derail the “people`s project”. Let them label you an agent of the certain individuals and some Western organizations but the future will exonerate you. It is true that your party also needs leadership renewal. It is not criminal and it is your democratic right to express yourself freely as espoused in the new charter section 61 subsection (1) a, You are a brave leader. You have done an alien thing that has surprised most boot lickers, hero worshippers and democratic pretenders, you brought the issue of leadership renewal to public domain for debate so that ordinary people and party members make informed decision when they go to the congress to chose the next party leader. Zimbabweans must develop a culture that every person has right to express their opinion and if they have ambitions to lead they must not ask or beg for permission from anyone in order to so. The gentlemen is right Tsvangirai has also overstayed 14 years is too much, a new trajectory is required now if MDC T is serious about winning the 2018 elections. Mangoma you have refused to be part of hypocrites who creates semi gods from political leaders. If there were awards you deserve one for your push for a true democratic change where people are not persecuted or killed for expressing their views and even letting the public know through writing their opinions. Some sections of the society salute you for your bravery. People can insult you but the truth is out there now they cannot do anything about it. They may threaten to remove you from office for uttering the truth but your legacy of saying the truth will live on, actually what you said is the truth you just narrated it on paper so that people meditate on it.

  6. yaaa well spoken Masvingo , makandiwa, magaya and Angel , all these fales prophets vakaromba ku Ghana will follow Gumbura soon. ….. Biti and Mangoma to follow these culprits.

  7. Well, you MDC-T guys will be glued to your fights till 2018. Dont cry again for postponement of elections as you did in 2013. Machongwe ari kuorganiza imi muchirwa.

  8. “I didn’t join the MDC, but I formed it. Mangoma joined it and now he is an outcast, he never had the party at heart and he is a traitor,” he said.

    Unorwara iwe, wazvinzwa, u re not sane, what has forming a party go to do with all this.

    • @piece of Advice, l do agree with you Thokozani Khupe and friends r buzy manipulating structure in the name of Forming the part with thr two hands

  9. To hell with Mutsekwa we were the first people to vote for MDC-T SO does it mean we should persue corruption in the part tht is why in Mutare Mdc-t was traounced haevely by Zanu pf

  10. mutsekwa u are one hell of shit u busy setting up parallel structures villifying mangoma & biti for being open minded….its a sad day for democracy if folks like u are not tamed….u are a poison to democracy …remember u were beaten squarely by tsunga but yo so called boss u fighting to defend imposed u …all because u sing from the same song sheet…but the pple have spoken n u were vanguished on tha 31 of july…we do not need parasitic career politicians lyk u who are bend on destroyin the part in the name of defending their political demigods…wake up n be a real democrat mutseka….let democracy n the will of pple prevail..that u formed the part mentality doesnt means we should be all prisoners n remain shut all bcoz u were there when the part was formed…it is the same animal u claim to fight ” we fought for this country ” that u now represent….truly they say a leopard cannot change its spot…

  11. Point of correction; Manicaland has 26 constituencies & not 26 districts as you said. There are less than 15 districts there.


  13. If thats the case about Tswangirai not stepping down, then the MDC should stop complaining about other leaders overstaying in power, they are in the midst of their own battles and definitely the commander wont step down, not anytime soon till their battle is won just like you are doing with your leader.

  14. the report heading is correct and in addition should put Chipopi Mashakada as the third hidden hand we know here in masvingo even guys in midlands can confirm this. so the three musketeers, pretending as if their are working for the party whilst achieving their master’s objectives. mangoma has corruption issues whilst he was at zesa and was sent to challenge morgan or face arrest and chipopi is an insider hand

  15. Its unfortunate mutsekwa and tsvangirai believe that if they formed the party then noone else can disagree with them. How is that any different from zanu pf. Those that disagree with them are now being told to go form their own parties or that they are ‘traitors’. If the MDC was in power, im sure these individuals would be charged with trumped up treason charges. #ring a bell#

    And to think we voted for these fools!

    Leave mangoma be!

  16. Lynnette kore sold the chimanimani west seat to zanu pf and munacho mutezo now she want sale manicaland province to zanu pf. We say no a big no
    We also know her appetite for the opposite sex. Let her leave manicaland proviincial leaders alone. She can go and run a brothel. Mutseyekwa you failed as a major MP and minister just shut up. David chimhini you looted zimcet funds until it broke we don’t need you. Douglas mwonzora you failed when you were NCA spokesperson and failed as MP that’s why nyanga people voted for nyanhongo now you want to decimate mdct starting from manicaland province to national. We say a big no again. To Tsvangirai we have one question are you now a leader of a faction within mdct? If not then the people who held this kangaroo meeting in your name must be disciplined. Again who funded them? We need answers. Lest we now end up thinking that as chief signatory of party funds you are now using party funds to bankroll your faction.

  17. please vanhu vasataura zvavasingazivi nezvirikuitika mumanicaland. Pishai muchauraya , Magarangoma, Mutseyami ndivo vanhu vauraya MDC muManicaland , vakatengesa musangano uyezve varikutoda kuona party ichiparara saka tirikuda kuvaratidza gwara kubvira kumabranch kusvikira kuprovince. We nolonger want them in the manicaland province. Mark my words this time hatimbovasiye. Vanhu vese varikunyeperwa kuti vakavhotera zanu mucouncil . Bvunzai isu vekuManicaland tikuudzei zvakaitwa ndivanaPishai nevamwe vake kubva pamaprimary elections kusvikira nhasi, we are watching them and they will never destroy MDC . MDC is bigger than those people , Mutseyekwa is a true MDC and we all know they are fighting him and they will not win it. Tsvangirai for president come 2018. We are going to build a strong team from Manicaland , tichaona kuti ndiyani achavavhotera mu province, they should go to Zanu,we nolonger want them to lead us in the province.

  18. i think this issue is being blown out of proportion on two fronts. those who are critisizing Mangoma for speaking out his opinion must not just critisize without going through the letter. it is ladden with facts, words of wisdom meant to awake Morgan. then there are these mutseyekwas who are just political vuvuzelas not saying anything reasonable.

    UR a giant Mangoma.

    keep advising and not heroworshipping

  19. Tinoiziva project irikurongwa naBiti ane vanhu vake vaanoda kushandisa kuti vamuise paupresident. Kuna iye mangoma, chikwinya, mai matibenga nevamwe but i dont see him going anywhere save vane vanhu. I have decided to leave MDC THEY ARE WORSE THAN ZANU AND HEARTLESS

  20. the manicaland province is hinged on magarangoma,pishai,chabuka and mutseyami.these people are real fighters.mutsekwa is angry at these guys because he thinks they cozed his loss to arnold tsunga.the man has never won an internal election in the mdc.he first lost to ROY BENNET in 2005.out of 15 districts he got 0 votes.the man is unpopular,very unpopular and so so unpopular.lets wait and c.remember the last congress the provincial leadership cozed mutsekwa to be in the national executive council.

  21. If Tsvangirai is to stay in power until 2016.His successor wont have time to campain and ZANUPF will win.By remaining in power until 2016,this shows he does not want anyone besides him to lead the party in the 2018 elections.We are against ZANUPF because Mugabe has stayed in power for too long leading to corruption and violence as a means to remain in power.Then if Tsvangirai doesn’t want to give way to other members,he and Mugabe are Just the same.Mugabe will be even better because he is educated,he wins elections for his party,he is giving his ZANUPF members and supporters all they want but Tsvangirai have failed.What he only managed is being a womaniser.This does not mean Tsvangirai is a total failure to the party.Tsvangirai did a lot and I praise him but at this juncture he is not the best candidate.We want a leader for two terms full stop.If leaders are to lead until kingdom come then Tsvangirai will be in a difficult position to win the elections because thats the number one thing most Zimbabweans do not want.This may cause some to vote for Mugabe nekuti zvirinani kunetswa neDictator ratajaira paneDictator nyowani rinozosvitsa 90 years vamwe tatofa.Zinedine Zidane akasiya bhora achiri kudiwa, ko sei maAfricans mukaona muchidiwa hamudi kubva nyangwe mutemo uchiti chienda.Tinofanira kudzidza kunyara.

    • @Alois- You do have a point two years is not enough for whoever takes over the MDC to campaign effectively in 2018, even Tsvangirayi himself as he will have a new team then. Go to congress NOW!

    • Zidane being Algerian makes him African. Asi wataura hako, waTsvangirai hawasi mazvikokota panhau yegovernance, leadership, etc.

  22. Naiiti division yiri kuZpf chete.Mangoma hero jst lyk murume waMujuru no fear.musafamakadzora tsvimbo nokuti manzi musataura pabepa.

  23. Baba Mutseyekwa munonyepa , Magarangoma ne Manicaland vari kuna Morgan m ne camp yenyu muri kuna Chimhini na Bennet moti hatizive here. makafamba muchiti morgan arasika wani pa campign period now makuti ndokwamuri tikwanirei apa. ndosaka maka dyiwa mese ne zanu yenyu pa parlimentary seat nekamfana kanonzi Tsunga. you are a volent man tozviziva izvozo mdara. munoti chimn chimhini potfolo secretary here mdara. chimhini haasi chair we manicaland. karenyi aitadza ngenyi ku defender ma councilor e zanu iye akava moneredza zamba re zanu musi wava itwa mayor. nxa musatsvaga press imaging bambo . makasviba zvekuti detergent yekugeza zvivi zvenyu zve violence mu Mdc haisati yawanirwa fomular. nxa. heee tsvangirayi ndewedu kupi kwacho. zvamunomwa tea na president chii chakakudyisai ku dangamvura chikanga. kuda kuti taurisa zvakawanda. u will never rise up mumanicaland tsano. hezvoko bwaa. ka coffin kamaifamba nako mumota kakazodii kaive kakanyorwa kuti tsunga rests in peace, huh?

  24. c h a o s

    Some of us discovered the elephant in the room in 2002 and jumped ship. Others are still holding on to the old fantasy believing the same jokers fighting each other today after tasting of a mere veneer of power that was handed to them by men of real power, not to mention shamefully displaying dictatorial traits, will somehow get it right and produce the good governance and prosperity that Zimbabwe needs after all power is placed in their incompetent hands!

    • Biti should come clean if he has intention to be a leader rather than senting proxy to the media. come in the open you can challenge the president at the next congress the is no need for you to push him to resign if you are worthy to be the leader you desire to be handed the batton in closed door meetings insteady of at a congress just shows your level of desparattion and failure to play the game called politics. we thought you were the brains of the part but you actrually distroyed it because you failed to formulate strategies to mobilise for the party. you are a rich technocrat but a shallow politician. it was not the responsibility of the president to strategies for the party but the whole leadership therefore you should go all of you insteady of blaming tsvangirai for the failure.

  25. twese turikuda kupanduka muMDC T siyai twakadaro ndichatumira mapurisa agofirita,Mangoma mutengesi ndakamuona zvangu ari kuZesa manje arikutemba back up yaBiti naBennet manje Bennet igwara arikutoziva mahwani ake kuno naChinamasa kasara ndiBiti ndinyengererei ndikuudzei pekukubatira.
    Chamatama ramba wakashinga uchasvikawo pandiri.
    I knw u ar brave bt tumwe utwu hapana zviripo

  26. A well known Zanu(pf) chorus of self destruction being parroted by Giles,”I formed the party”.

  27. Mutsekwa was part of the Rhodesian Front who should just zip is mouth. He lost a primary election three times but Morgan still declared him the candidate for Chikanga. He and Morgan should GO now.

  28. Does this set correct precedent ? Does the MDCT consititution encourage members to request the leadership to step down? Was suggesting an early congress not a better proposal? Did Mangoma really check with the majority if they no longer want Morgan? Does he think that Morgan is the ultimate problem or he was going to address other issues in a seperate letter? Is the Vice President to be retained? Is the sec gen to be retained? The treasurer? The entire top executive? Who does he think should take over? Does he have any names? Ummm dai akapindura pamwe ndingamunzwisisawo.

  29. The President of the part is not chosen by neither the executive of a part or politiburo but is chosen by the people. so what are the people saying about Tsvangirai’s leadership. what are the people saying about President Mugabe. If people’s still need them to lead their parties so why not ignore a single voice as that of a bird singing.






  31. African politics has never been about serving the interests of the people but attaining power to achieve personal ends. So why dont Biti, Mangoma,Ben Freeth,Mudzuri, Kay, Bennett and other very rich rhodies form their own party since they have loads of cash. They could out do the broke MDC T with their well oiled cash machine at the next elections. After all, what people want is not a very good leader for now, but anything that moves which can dislodge Zpf from power. Remember people voting for Jonathan Moyo in Thsolotsho against Zpf even after he had caused a lot of harm to the p[eople there.Halaala, duku duku. I cant wait for election time, I wanna form my own party too. kkkkkkk.

  32. Summer time is around the corner and I would like to present you with a milkshake made out of only two non lactic ingredients, in order to avoid mental obesity. Step-1 Add a hand fool of “Gono” in a reserve jar and allow it to simmer from December last year right up-to present day, Step-2 add a recently acquired ingredient called “Mangoma.” Last Step- Increase the temperature to about ” PhD Kereke Degrees Celsius” and mix the two privy ingredients while allowing them to simmer until the “ice-cream” man comes out of the closet. Only the intellect will relate to this cooking recipe……NBC……Out!!!

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