MDC-T council moves to reunite warring factions

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Morgan Tsvangirai

THE MDC-T Guardian’s Council (GC) yesterday moved in to reunite the two warring factions fighting for control of the opposition party.

CHIEF REPORTER

The council, a group of elders responsible for advising the party leadership, met in Harare over the past two days and resolved to broker negotiations aimed at reuniting party embattled leader Morgan Tsvangirai and “axed” secretary-general Tendai Biti.

Tsvangirai and Biti broke ranks and had an acrimonious fallout last month after the latter led a group of “rebels” calling for leadership renewal.

The 28-member council chairperson Sekai Holland told journalists the party’s advisory board had denounced factionalism and agreed to broker negotiations to end the hostilities that existed between the factions.

“In line with the constitutional mandate, the Guardian Council further resolved to explore effective strategies designed to ensure that a conducive environment is created within the party at all levels to facilitate dialogue,” Holland said.

Holland, who was flanked by other GC members Cephas Makuyana, Patrick Chabvamuperu, Norman Mabhena and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, also distanced herself from claims by the Biti faction that she had been nominated interim leader of the breakaway faction.
Holland said the council had condemned intraparty violence, adding that party members implicated in the violence should be brought to book.

“The party must once again become one united, strong, effective organisation capable of winning the next election. In that regard, it must be bound by its founding values and principles of solidarity, democracy, fairness, transparency and accountability,” she said.

The MDC-T was thrown into serious infighting following the assault of ex-deputy treasurer- general Elton Mangoma at the party’s Harvest House headquarters over calls for Tsvangirai to step down.

MDC-T suspended Mangoma together with several other members from provinces in a move that observers said was purging all people against Tsvangirai’s leadership.

Mangoma, Biti and other disgruntled members then held a meeting in Harare on April 26 and announced they had ‘suspended’ Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe and other top officials for allegedly deviating from the party’s founding values. Tsvangirai in turn turned the tables on Biti, Mangoma and other officials and “fired” them from the party.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Tendai Biti is being isolated , soon he will see himself with Mangoma and Mapfume then they will realize Welshman was better than them, the headless group. Chamatama is busy draming support from the grassroots. Tsvangirai is a politiciation where as Biti is an academia. Politics is a game of numbers and if you do not have numbers supporting you, you are gone . Beware of heart attack Mr Biti. If you abuse the funds the police will work with you nicely. remember your words on facebook when you were insulted The Com. General. Matapi is waiting for you again

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  2. It hs finally dawned on é Biti camp tht éy dnt hv é support éy thot they hd 4rm within nor outside é party n 1 by 1 “their members” r distancing themselves 4rm their group. MDC’s beta off witout any of ése “rebels” coz they’re disaster-in-waiting

  3. Power hungry idiots must be chucked out of the party for G!! A leorpard never changes its spots colours!!

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  4. That mdc can do wthout Biti he thnks he is genious kubvira paakaita finance ministr tichimuti akapenga ndozvakamumeresa zenze

    • Its a war of intelectuals and grassroots. Tswangirayi has failed to fuse the intelects with grass roots. Saka obvious Sekai being an intelect you can guess where she belongs. Who wants to be associated with unlearned and unwise leaders.

  5. its Biti’s and the funders strategy uchaona Biti coming out stronger murungu haneti mari yamakadyla muchiti tinokudzorerai minda yakawandisa joe.remember its not about democracy its about fuma

  6. biti 0 mdc 2 dzinochekwa baba…..chakachaya pa moza apooo joice arikuwachiswa i think zanu z failing to nikuvise or use their unauthodox methods cum 2018 dzinochekwaaa zvakare muno medu…siyanai na biti coz ari biz ne kumiririra Gono kunyaya dzake na kereke

  7. Ko makudzoka zvaita sei?Dzungu munoriwanza vana Biti nanaMangoma.Maiti mukabuda vanhu vachakuteverayi asi apa mabata chokwadi kuti hapana anokudayi kunze kwe50 vaye chete

  8. Biti u did a good job, now come back and do your job, all those who followed you are sellouts. You did wise investigation by pretending to be rebelious yet those who followed are real rebels

  9. Biti and company should simply go their separate way. Those who support them will follow them. Why make so much noise about the ‘T’ boy. Concentrate on your “new party” objectives. Leave Morgan alone.

  10. There is a promised CONGRESS in the offing by the genuine MDC-T and the rebels of Biti & Mangoma braai club, after failing to convince even the grasses/trees/shrubs and other living animals on the violently acquired under-utilized farms to join their cause, are talking of reconciliation. The real and true Guardian’s Council should watch its back. A leopard is a cunning animal.

  11. I find this so called Guardian Council quite ineffective. Why have they kept silent all along when the two factions were tearing each apart? And Sekai must stop her on the fence tactics and come out in the open as to which side she belongs.

  12. As long as Tsvangirai does not deal with perpetrators of violence within his party it will be difficult for him to hold the party together. This has to start with those fingered for having fanned the intraparty violence that rocked the party in Byo in 2011.

  13. They may be united but very weak because they will never trust each other. As can be deduced from this definitely at congress Biti will lose his post and that will spell disaster for him becase he will accuse and accuse as he is used to do. My worry is the workers, if the Biti faction think they are MDC and have money pay the workers including the Shonhes who are now going to Tapiwa yet they recognise Biti as SG which is funny. They can start that by paying the workers. The workers have always beeen by by the so-called company which now turns to be owned by Mangoma, so why did it stop if they are in control of MDC.

  14. Last Saturdayat around 10 am, I passed Harvest House, as usual, hordes of clueless but ever agitated rowdy youths were milling around. A black Merc sped past and the mob got excitedly noisy, “Ndi Biti! Ngaabve pano, tinoda kumurova, imbwa yemunhu, mu CIO, pasi nevapanduki!” I bet hapana anga awona kuti ndivana ani vaiva mumota iyoyo. Re-uniting who with who?

  15. Biti, go and form your own party. Don’t use the name MDC, find another one. You have let the nation down. Instead of fighting for the stolen election, you blame Tsvangirai. It is people like you Biti, Welshman Ncube and Auther Mutambara who have denied us a new Zimbabwe because you are power hungry. You are devisive sellouts. Had it not been for people like you Zimbabwe would have gone far by now.

  16. How on earth can you turn against your leader and then claim that you are fighting an enemy?Do not take advantage of oppression of people by this system.You can’t get away with it without demaging your own character Biti.Now look at yourself you are politically burried.

  17. this biti embecile is very very confused. i wonder how could people trust a person like with thier future, he is a disgrace to our human race, i dont his profession as a lawyer? he ia a lawyer for real o he is one of those dubious around. He should have made better moves and well calculted ones than these? his IQ is very low, or has reached lowest ever since he contracted HIV virus. so its true after all that he is HIV virus.

    so why should the zimbabwe of zimbabwe waste thier tme on someone like this idiot, i am sure Margan is better than this lad

  18. baba vakatadza kutungamira mhuri yavo zvakanaka, musha unoparara. Sons and daughters will turn against each other and also against the father. This example is true on factionalism in MDC. Tsvangirai as the party president has failed. As a result, his followers are turning against each other and the MDC party/’family’ is falling apart.

    • Baba vakatadza kutungamira mhuri yavo zvakanaka, musha unoparara. Sons and daughters will turn against each other and also against the father. This example is true on factionalism in Zanu Pf. The party has failed. As a result, his followers are turning against each other and the Zanu Pf party/’family’ is falling apart.

    • great comment bra….Tsvangirai cant even manage his personal affairs…what was he expecting!!!!!

  19. let us not trust this magogo because she thinks we were all born last week . She was quite all along because she was gauging the mood from the mass and when she realised that Morgan had the upper had then this penga udzoke but in hart she is bit span , she is now oil and mdct water it will be difficult to mix .aah bwa one time.

  20. Funny Sipepa, as a member of the GC, he sat there grinning to no one in particular. After the meeting he came out denouncing his own colleagues. Is he going to suspend GC again. Sipepa aa yu ill advised the little ones for sure.now they appear stupid and lost because of you

  21. Prophesy has it that one day he shall be the president of this country. Remember Joseph in the dry pit!

    • i smell a big rat here,something is taking place,both sides should be careful,if they are to unite mark my words,pane achanyura pa congress and be dumped in the dust bin.akaramba zvonzi honayi takazvitaura kuti he is not democratic,

  22. why shld u zanuz spk as if ur hauz is in ordr yet we all know that u ar the 1nz stressng e old man.Biti,Welshman n Mtambara uve denied zimboz e change they hve longed 4….

  23. It amazes me how much blind support we will give to a leader even if there are glaring issues to be resolved. Both Morgan & Biti made errors but people are all too eager to highlight their differences to each other at the expense of party discipline & unity. Morgan always gets away with “murder” because of the huge support he enjoys from your likes. (too dangerously similar to Mugabes style).
    Lets call a spade a spade, reprimand Morgan for allowing filth to take place under his care, those violent youth must be disbanded. I always read what disgruntled insider party members say. It all started with Welshan’s accusations which were largely dismissed by the majority as power hunger. Lets face facts, all politicians aspire to lead one day, and no politician will remain silent when “filth takes place”, our duty is to listen to the undertones, n between the words, the unsaid stuff, the silent murmurs & take corrective action. The party shld have introspected in 2005 when Welshman group left & taken corrective measures to prevent a recurrence, instead Morgan surrounded himself closer with surrogates ( Mugabe style). The seeds of todays strife where sown in 2005 & no one is pointing this out to morgan. Morgan in turn responds by calling for rallies every weekend to check the tyre pressures instead of addressing the root causes of Welshmans departure. In the end the party has created a very vicious dog to bite Zanupf, but that dog sometimes bites its own children & we keep quiet because we adore it too much. The bitten kids grow up & never forget the bite wounds from dad. Its all unheathy

  24. If Biti , Mangoma and gang decides to go I think the main stream MDC T should just let them go with all the blessing. To me its like a tree losing a branch. the will still grow and what ever happens to the branch nobody cares. They lost Welshman and gang before and it is not a new thing. To Morgan and gang regroup and soldier on. What I know in life is everything has two sides good and bad some call it positive and negative. So this event may have some blessing in disguise who knows we should always look at the positive side of things.

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  27. last yer takambonzwa kuti Biti akundwa muma harmonised elections. later on takazonzwa kuti ayehwa awhina. biti aforma company ye Lawyer. zvanzi a lawyér ra Gono. so he wás brot back to coz confusion in mdc t & destroy e strongest mdc president. for a weaker zanu canditate whoever is coming to suceed Bob. biti atoita mari for a job wel done.

  28. MDC can do much better without mbiti , chipepa and ngoma. surely if they are allowed to rejoin the party they will kavira bhora musango come 2018 elections. No to them. sellouts!

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