‘Doctored’ report rocks MDC-T

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INTERNAL fights within the MDC-T have taken a new twist with the chairperson of the party’s Guardian Council Sekai Holland yesterday making sensational allegations that she was intimidated by “militias” into presenting a “doctored” statement.

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She said after their meeting, they sent the statement to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai for him to have a look and the party leader made a few changes before the information department allegedly “doctored” it to focus on discrediting the Mandel Training Centre meeting that purportedly suspended Tsvangirai and other party leaders.

“The Guardian Council wishes to categorically state that it was never involved in the planning, convening, organising and conduct of the meeting that was held at Mandel and dissociates itself from all the resolutions of that meeting,” reads part of the purportedly altered statement.

The Mandel meeting culminated in the “suspension” of party leader Tsvangirai by the rival faction led by secretary-general Tendai Biti.

However, Holland yesterday produced what she termed the original document that, unlike the “doctored” statement which appeared to side with Tsvangirai while attacking the faction led by “axed” secretary-general Tendai Biti, condemns both factions: “The meeting condemns all warring sides, and asks them to stop their behaviour that is hurting all our party members,” reads the statement.

Thus she effectively withdrew the statement she issued at Harvest House on Thursday claiming it was influenced by the party’s information department, headed by MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.

Holland said during a stormy meeting in Harare on Thursday, it emerged that the party actually had five factions instead of the known two led by Tsvangirai and Biti.

The former co-Minister of National Healing said the situation was tense during the Press conference with youths from Harvest House creating an intimidatory atmosphere forcing her to present a “doctored” statement to avoid “causing a scene”.

“It was not our (Guardian Council) statement. I simply read the one doctored by the information department because I did not want to cause a scene. The whole place was cordoned by militia,” she said.

“Even after reading the statement yesterday [Thursday], I was tracked home by a vehicle without registration plates before my husband came to pick me up.

“When we made our deliberation exactly a year after the council met, we made it clear that we did not recognise the Mandel meeting and any other meeting that was used to suspend each other,” Holland said.

“We want the party to be united. Unfortunately, the council was dragged into the party’s factional fights. We later actually realised that there are five factions in the party and our position as the Guardian Council is that the party should reunite to form a strong opposition.”

But Mwonzora insisted Holland participated in the drafting of the statement, hence it was shocking why she was making a U-turn.

“She participated in the drafting of the Press statement in the presence of [Tsvangirai’s spokesperson] Luke Tamborinyoka, myself, [Cephas] Makuyana, [Norman] Mabhena [the latter two Guardian Council members] and herself. She read it without being forced by anyone. We are surprised by these allegations,” Mwonzora said.

“Nobody forced her to read that statement and the issue of militia is completely false. Fortunately, journalists were there and there was nothing like that. There were no youths and if she is under pressure from someone to change her statement, she can do that, but she cannot lie about other people.”

A three-page statement signed by 22 Guardian Council members out of the 24 who reportedly attended the two-day meeting acknowledged an existential crisis in the MDC-T.

The document castigated all forms of violence, suppression of freedom of expression, rumour-mongering, slander and character assassination. It called for the return to the founding values of the party, adding that all the factions were not taking heed of calls by the elders to stop the chaos.

“In spite of constant advice and repeated warnings from the Guardian Council and subsequently from the Guardian Council executive committee, party leaders have been attacking each other verbally, in the Press and even physically.

“This is in direct contradiction of the values and principles, especially Article 4.6 which states that the MDC firmly believes in freedom of speech,” the statement read.

The meeting condemned factionalism claiming it was hurting the party while negating the reality that the MDC-T project should take precedence over selfish interests.

“These unconstitutional factions must stop the bleeding caused by their fights and work to unify the party and focus on its core values once more,” the statement added.

The council urged Tsvangirai to deal decisively with violence and called for unity. It said if the party managed to unite with its worst enemy, Zanu PF, in the inclusive government, there was nothing to stop it from finding common ground.

Holland said a lot has been lined up by the council to ensure that the five warring factions would be united.

“We were shocked as Guardian Council to find that we don’t have two warring factions, we have five. That was even worse, a divided people will never win an election in Zimbabwe, never,” she said.

Holland was in the company of Mabhena, who said it was disheartening that young politicians were using youths to further their narrow political agendas and intimidate others.

68 COMMENTS

  1. Whats happening to Tsvangirayi? Intimidating omagogo! But failing to intimidate Mugabe. No wonder the police beat you up back then….. I wish they could pick you up again. You do not learn, wena mampara!

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    • Mandy on Fri, 23rd May 2014 8:20 pm

      What a fantasy! Was Sekai dragged to Harvest House I wonder? Sekai Holland is delusional apart from being a scatter brain. Sekai Holland is known for distorting issues to suit herself anyway.
      Her fallout with Zanu in the 60s was on the basis on her mental imbalance and the delusional conduct that she exhibited. She was known even then to be a kleptomaniac that diverted donor money meant to feed the struggle into her pockets. This practice she continued in the MDC where she misappropriated substantial amounts of money by the same tactic of misrepresentation at Australian embassy and philanthropists. The so called renewal team has a dossier on her with sickening details of how she in collaboration with Lucia Matibenga diverted money to personal use that they collected on behalf of incarcerated MDC T activists.
      The desperate renewal team used that dossier to blackmail her into retracting the legitimate guardian council statement. Mandy, as one of the victims of this con woman is in possession of the dossier anyway is pursuing the issue with some of the sources of the donations. Sekai is aware that the enquiry is taking place right now.
      That said the official statement was factual and professional in my view. I have not known any sane leader who revels in washing dirty linen public.
      In any case if the statement she issued was forced on her then why didnt the journalist, Violet Gonda that did the narrative get another of the Councillors that were present to corroborate her version of the story.
      In any case in all institutions the political figures work with the assistance of technical assistants who assist them in crafting statements. So what is odd with Tsvangirai’s spokesperson assisting the guardian council in this regard? This smacks of a sting operation of sorts and further confirms continued imbalance of Sekai’s personal character.

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    • It sad indeed, Mazambani that Morgan Tsvangirai has turned out to be a common thug. It’s even sadder that lawyer Mwonzora is a big Liar.

  2. Mwonzora and chamisa lead their own factions also and already they have started fighting for positions in the coming Congress. Mudzuri leads his own team also. Tsvangirai has his thugs. Mashakada is trying to be Tsvangirai’s appendage. This makes it interesting and the big torn tent is collapsing. Hapana Tsvangirai the dictator and criminal of Zimbabwe and mdc-t is finished only new leaders can topple zanu pf and mugabe. Don’t waste people’s time go and rest Tsvangirai.

  3. so what if its mafume and biti intimidated holland into metamorphosizing. its difficult to believe holland now.mugabe’s words – “its shameful and filthy to have your name mentioned as leader of a faction” may apply to holland here. holland should just come out clean

    • Use your head, why were Tsvangirai, Luke Tamborinyoka, Cephas Makuyana & Norman Mabhena present when she was drafting the document when they are not part of the Guardian Council?

      Douglas in his stupidity has unwittingly admitted that they intimidated her by being present when she was writing the document.

      They are not part of the Guardian Council & as a partial body, non of the factions were supposed to be swarming around her while she compiled her report. Zviripachena izvi.

  4. Clear on you my boss .This lady was even fearing of her life than telling the truth she caused some confusions within us people.Guadian councel should fear no one else mukadzi uyu haafanire kunyepa kudaro ngaataure chokwadi chizere.Yes what if it was a statemet to be signed for a reason like a past GNU ozoti ndaitamba hangu.Aaaaaaa lets be serius guyz.

    • Use your head, why were Tsvangirai, Luke Tamborinyoka, Cephas Makuyana & Norman Mabhena present when she was drafting the document when they are not part of the Guardian Council?

      Douglas in his stupidity has unwittingly admitted that they intimidated her by being present when she was writing the document.

      They are not part of the Guardian Council & as a partial body, non of the factions were supposed to be swarming around her while she compiled her report. Zviripachena izvi..

  5. Ko vana dhokoza mwonzora vaiva painyirwa press statement ye guardian council vachitsvakei pamwe natamborinyoka? Ndivo vauraya musangano manje. Mai Holland vari kutaura chokwadi kuti mwonzora akashandura zvavainge vanyora. Mwonzora inyoka mharapatsetse chaiyo. He is not fit to hold a senior position in any institute. Again anokara masimba zvinotyisa. Svinurai machinja matamba namaisva. Muchazviona kana mukaramba muchitungamidza nhubu inonzi mwonzora but the sad story is it will be too late.

  6. Holland.I neither support you nor your two opposing opposition parties.What a fighter anobvuma kutyisidzirwa?Siyai riri panyanga ipapo tiridashure big time 2018.Biti haaiti because kanoona mberi.We need morgan because is our traditional customer yekudashura.

  7. Gonzo nachin’ai zvatosvorana. Why wld a person change the original statement. In any case Holland’s statement is a direct attack on Tsvangirai coz his party is found on violence and has even violated the constitution which was written by Mbiti. Ndezvenyu izvi. Bayanai

  8. tsvangirai and company you were wake this is politics and she used that oppotunity to tarnish your image

  9. The problem with the mdc is that it was not formed on the basis of a clear ideology, it was formed by different groups of people with different reasons and interests. And they used to ride on the back of protest votes, and with that gone, it was inevitable that the party would crumble, with each of the different groups now pursuing their interests individually. This mdc drama is definitely making the producer of generations, mfundi vundla, pinkish-green with envy!!

    • Come on, Taliban, the same can be said of ZANU PF. It is composed of fellows of different opinions and persuasions. Just look at Chinotimba and Jonathan Moyo. Do they have anything in common? Answer: No, they have nothing in common!

  10. lol
    wattasekai’s!
    predictability galore you have.. its da age i tink gettin the worse of disorganised guardianship.
    i suggest you have another meetin mending the first two documents and flushing them into a thirded receptacle that will look like shaded regurgitation of what was forgotten afresh start first last central issues again back !!

  11. Amai ava vanonzi Holland ava munhu ari right here nhai vedare? .She must know that this is politics there is lots and lots of tricks kana mukatanga kurwa pamba penyu (muchifukura hapwa) muroyi anobva apinda neipapo because you are divided already so it will take time kuti muone kuti aaah hatisisiri toga tiri kurwisana paita apindira by that time, everything will be destroyed, so watch out otherwise your enemy Zanu pf is in your fight. For example pakaitwa hondo yeminda kuZim that was not only zanu pf yaiita izvozvo but mbavha dzisinei nezve minda dzainge dzatopindira because the house was in disorder. That’s what I can say.

  12. She participated in the drafting of the Press statement in the presence of [Tsvangirai’s spokesperson] Luke Tamborinyoka, myself, [Cephas] Makuyana, [Norman] Mabhena [the latter two Guardian Council members] and herself. She read it without being forced by anyone. We are surprised by these allegations,” Mwonzora said.

    How a press statement from a neutral board could be written in the present of an interested party and worse off on their contribution. This statement is scrumptious and nil and void, whether read on will or posted on cards. By virtue that the Lukes and Mwonzoras were present without the Mapfumes to represent the other side makes this saga and big joke.

    • Is she also or was she also an interested party because it is said she is the president-in-waiting for the Biti group? I am just asking because I don’t know thus I need answers from those who know the neutral people and the interested parties.

  13. Zvichapera zvose zvavarikuita vajaira kushandisa povo kuti ivo vagute, hapana ane basa nepovo apa.

  14. Question; why were Mwonzora and company present when the statement was being drafted? Surely they are not members of this National Guardian Council?

  15. i never thought tht holland is a big liar.she shud hv refused 2 read if th statement ws altered or called th police if there were militias

  16. Dhokoza mwonzora must be a member of boko horum. Holding an old lady hostage and forcing her to read a censored guardian council press statement shame on you dhokoza you are a disgrace to our learned lawyers. You are today’s stalins and maos. The sooner you leave our political stage the better.

  17. Why were Tsvangirai, Luke Tamborinyoka, Cephas Makuyana & Norman Mabhena present when she was drafting the document when they are not part of the Guardian Council?

    Douglas in his stupidity has unwittingly admitted that they intimidated her by being present when she was writing the document.

    They are not part of the Guardian Council & as a partial body, non of the factions were supposed to be swarming around her while she compiled her report. Zviripachena izvi.

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  18. The people of Zimbabwe pliz stop this madness and start working for the betterment of our children. If we keep on with this madness, I tel you we are throwing the future of our own children to the dogs. What is NEXT ELECTIONS?????? Are we after winning the ELECTIONS???? What was wrong with GNU???? What is good in fighting each other?? Com on. May the GOOD LORD HELP US SEE OUR FUTURE.

    • What’s your point, Blazo? These arguments and conflicts are actually good for democracy. We are very far away from the 2018 elections and we need to have as many people as possible offering themselves as possible national leaders. People will have adequate time to analyse what each fellow is offering and mahe informed choices. We have Welshman Ncube,Morgan Tsvangirai, Matiya Harivhumi, Lovemore Madhuku, Robert Mugabe, Kisinoti Mukwazhe, Simba Makoni, and Tendai Biti all offering themselves to be elected. This is democracy at play. Let’s embrace it!

  19. This magogo cannot be a trusted person. She is a cold blooded, creepy reptile. I think mbiti must have threatened to take back the money they embezzled tsvangirais party. Nxaaaa.

  20. This guardian council thing seems to be a confused bunch. Last time we heard from sipepa Nkomo categorically and emphatically saying they had taken care of the affairs of mdct in the wake of the mandel meeting and that tsvangirai was suspended. Now we hear holland saying they send their press statement to tsvangirai the president. Which tsvangirai again when you (guardian council through sipepa Nkomo) said he was suspended. Does that mean the guardian council does not recognize mandel meeting? If so isn’t it the statement that holland is denying she said on Thursday.

    Why did it take the guardian council so long to state that it didn’t recognize both the mandel meeting and tsvangirai meeting. This guardian thing seems to be taking people for fools

  21. The MT brand is clearly in trouble and DM lies thru his teeth.This points to the inevitable collapse of the people’s project after its hijack by play-boy politicians.Holland has exposed the fox !!!

    • @ Aliphelithemba. Your right, Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora is a pathetic and pathological liar!

  22. Ko press statement inochinja zvakawiriranwa here? kana zvamakasaina mai Holland zvisizvo zvamaka verenga whats the fuss? you must just convene another meeting to verify your standing on the matter so that your ideals wont be manupulated. if you were not happy with the goings on, you should have excused yourself so you wont compromise your position. you just playing a cat and mouse game with us.

    ADVICE to MT: you must be very wary and careful of these Mandel faction. they might just be regrouping to gel back into your Party and work from within. the tear-away tactic didnt work for them. now they wanna try a real implosion. SUCKERS! nxaaa!

  23. Holland is the most sick of all people whose views I have read. Infact it is clear on whose side she is. NdevaBITI mai ava and once to tarnish the image of MDC-T. Kick her as faraway fro Haevest House as possible. Mupanduki zvachose. Vakavapisa magaro vana Biggie Chitoro gore riya hapana zvavakaita. Infact she account account for the MIDLANDS STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARAY money. Ndivo mapatrons ayoka ivo navana Munangagwa. The library yaifanira kudai yakapera in 2013. What a shame? Stealing from students and Gweru community money donated by the corporate world. You are always found where wrong things happen Holland. Ask yourself why? ASI WHERE IS THE LIBRARY? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY. KOVAMUGABE VAKANYARARIREYI IVO VARIVO CHANCELLOR.

  24. It is Tsvangirai who needs mbiti to succeed and not mbiti who needs Tsvangirai to succeed. Mudapakati or fakalapakati is politically dead.

  25. It’s true that we forced sekai Holland to read a statement from us because we thugs. Who can oppose me at Harvest House. If you have elephant balls we can castrate them as long as my youths are around.

  26. You can also ask Mangoma and Biti .I only sent a 1000th of my thugs to discipline them.I also dont use the word thug ,I use a more accommodating name for them Youth.Mbuya Holland you a next my name is Tsvangirai I am a Miner and half War Vet at the same time .Mabebi ose eZanu ndeangu

  27. MDC T is not in trouble. Its the little people that over estimate their importance who are in trouble. The type of people that ride on the popularity of an individual and forget what they really bring to the table

  28. who cares whatever bad things u say we will vote for Tsvangirai coz he is the only one brave enough to confront the zanu regime all others like the bitis ncubes mangomas etc are all cowards .good thing is we all know that kkkkkkkkk

  29. mheno ikoko panaTsvangira ndopatinoisa vote zvekuzoti biti holland hatineyi nazvo hativazivi isu itai tione vanhu havana kupusa ana bitiwoye

  30. @povo taura hako who cares about Holland says we don’t even know her and we dont want to know her Tsvangirai chete come 2018 muoffice.Save musasvinetse muno muzimbabwean munaMugabe na Tsvangirai the rest hativazive

  31. ha ha amongst all those talkative cowards ,who can stand agaisnt Tsvangson in an election and win ana biti nana mangoma kungosimbira pamuromo se pinjisi

    • Newsday is not a ZANU PF mouthpiece at all. It has refused, however, to be Tsvangirai’s loudspeaker and this has ruffled the feathers of the likes of “Freedom”. Just read stories in The Daily News and you will immediately feel that they are pro-Tsvangirai and anti-Biti. The Herald is a ZANU PF mouthpiece. That’s bad journalism. At least the Newsday does not show any bias. That’s good journalism!

  32. Very true! Newsday is the only civilized and well balanced newspaper left, very objective and not biased! Keep it up guys!

  33. Of all Zimbabwean newspapers, the News Day is the most balanced when it comes to cover political developments. THIS IS A PROVEN FACT. Thank you News Day, keep up the good work.

    • Newsday is always against Tsvangirai. They are now panicking that he is here to stay. They thought he was finished. Shame. Hapana zvekuti Newsday is balanced apa, kurwadziwa chete kuri kuitika.

  34. Of all Zimbabwean newspapers, the News Day is the most balanced when it comes to covering. political developments. THIS IS A PROVEN FACT. Thank you News Day, keep up the good work.

  35. In 2013 there used to be a British sponsored political party called MDC-Tsvangirai. This party participated in the harmonised elections in Zimbabwe on 31 July 2013 with high hopes of winning the elections in order to reverse the land revolutional gains. After these elections, the British owned party vanished to its place in the eternal political dust bin . Rest-in -Peace MDC-Tsvangirai.

    • After the revolutionary party “won the elctions resoundingly” we are back to stoneage my brur, where to now? We are witnessing retrenchments instead of the creation of 2million jobs actually 2,65million jobs promised in the “winning manifesto’. So where are we headed for with this revolutionary party; is it towards asking for $500,000.00 “dividends” from “our business partners” or what? We have increased flights to Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore and that is a very good sign of a “very convincing resounding thorough beating of MDC-Tsvangirayi” which should rest in peace………give us a break Makotsi and be Makuma at least you will be in fornt instead of at the back where you are.

  36. Am not surprised with all those pro-Tsvangirai coments. The reason why MDC-T will never get into power is because of these type of supporters who do not see anything wrong with Tsvangirai. They believe that mdc-t is oneman party-hence if he wants to kick all and sundry out,its all fine. There are so many discord voices in Zanu PF.but Mugabe does not just kick those people out like that. e.g. The likes of Zvobgo,Ushewokunze,Tekere,Mavhaire,the Moyos and many others. They know that a divided house loses its strength. Why can’t MDC-T accept constructive criticism-even from the press without labelling it a Zanu PF. mouthpeace? Our politics in this country lacks democracy,even from those who claim to be holier than others. God Have MERCY..!!!

  37. Zvana Morgan mahumbwe chaiwo. I can not remember one constructive thing articulated besides celebrating the demise of the economy. The enermy of MDC is zanu and zimbabwe. MDC does not believe that zimbabwe and zanu are different. I could have supported mdc if they were promoting my country but they actually wish the country bad. They hate my country as much as they hate zanu. In my case mdc and zanu are the same because they both cause grief to Zimbabweans in different ways though.

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  39. using the press to defend or fight for these divided soldiers does not work they are all behind enemy lines let them fight their divided struggle and will see who comes out with his head still on,this bickering using the press is absolute nonsense the press is not the people by the way newspapers dont vote.In Zimbabwe there are two things involved Mugabe and Tsvangirai anything as is rubbish.

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  41. Nonsense. Why do zanus commemt on MDC-T matters. @makotsi, africanson, etc, rubbish, bullsh*t, bulldust.

  42. Reza bullshit is you who believes Morgan to have a solution to retrieve the counrty from economic ruine. Bullshit is believing in decampaigning your country for political change. Your Morgan is one politician who is the worst politician in Africa. Worse than the racist Tony Leon of SA who never celebrated the demise of his country. And who told you that i am zanu. I am one independed Zimbabwean who nevet supported any politician (thieves). I never morgadged my reasoning to zanu or mdc get that you Political puppert. Idiot, you are as empt headed as your Morgan. You belief is that anything against mdc is zanu. You are undemocratic as your boss. This is freedom for all to say what they want. I am not a dog on a litch like what your has been subjected to. Duzvi remunhu nezvimaparty zvenyu zvinopembera nyka ichifa.

  43. aaa a
    kudzokera KwaHolland kwete
    akatengesera hurumende
    yavaKuwadzana yino yiyi
    zvamatongerwo e mud politics
    futi ahewa ahewa
    bodo
    unity unity is the proper definition of kuwadzana !!

  44. reza hauna kukwana saka newsday ndeye mdc here zvaukurambidza vanhu vezanu kutaura….tt mentality yekuti ndimi mune yese ndoyauraya party

  45. @africanson. If you are apolitical then why comment on issues to do with political parties? Nonsense. Zpf buttlicker.

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