MDC-T mustn’t mirror Zanu PF

Reports that the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T party is pushing for the ouster of Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa are not only surprising, but regrettable given the opposition must be dealing with issues of nation building and taking over from the factitious Zanu PF party.

NewsDay Comment

Given the state of the country’s economy and a myriad of challenges Zimbabweans are facing, the majority would not expect the opposition to be mired in petty politics at their expense.

Our economy is hurtling towards the abyss while ructions in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF have become a national threat requiring the coming-together of level heads to deal with the emergency.

The reflex reaction at any time of any major emergency or grave threat to national security in an enlightened and normal country is for all to put aside minor differences and egocentric pursuits to stand together as one against a common enemy.

However, Zimbabwean politics is not normal, civilised, progressive, forward-looking, rational. Right from political leadership downwards, rivals descend into blame games, primitive insults, denials and refusal to take responsibility, hate speech, and behaviour that demonstrates that they have learnt nothing from the decade-long economic meltdown and the June 2008 bouts of political violence that nearly saw the country plunge headlong into the cauldron.

It appears the power struggles that have torched the storm in Zanu PF are also threatening to pull the rug off the opposition MDC-T’s feet. Is it not unfortunate that Tsvangirai, who for many years has been portrayed as a fighter for democracy, now appears to be undoing his legacy?

How on earth could young Chamisa pose a serious threat on his hold on power when he recently plucked him from obscurity after losing the secretary-general’s post to Douglas Mwonzora? Why should Tsvangirai feel threatened when he should create opportunity for others to take over the reins of power from him if he is a bona-fide democrat?

If the chaos obtaining in the opposition is anything to go by, it becomes increasingly doubtful that the party will remain united and topple Zanu PF from power at the 2018 elections.

It is sad that political violence has blighted MDC-T rallies lately due to insecurity by some top officials.

Tsvangirai should understand that the biggest blow to Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems has been the split in his party over the years. The split was neither necessary nor strategic hence the building of a grand political coalition should begin with the urgent re-unification of the MDC-T forces.

The goings-on in the MDC-T are not a good sign at all as they cast Tsvangirai as narrow-minded and obsessed with power.

Tsvangirai must be warned that expelling Chamisa from the party is not the solution. The party must inculcate a culture of internal democracy. It is time the opposition must be busy consolidating their forces and take advantage of the chaos in Zanu PF ahead of the 2018 polls.
It is noteworthy that the factionalism threatening to spiral the party out of control is feeding on long-running suspicions and violence.
There is no doubt that in so many ways the MDC-T is increasingly becoming a mirror image of Zanu PF and unless they act with speed, they will lose much of the support they have built over the years.

Clearly, opposition parties in Zimbabwe may continue to play second fiddle to Zanu PF for as long as they fight amongst themselves and do not forge a coalition to take Zanu PF head-on at the polls. The ugly face of violence rearing its head in MDC-T is clear testimony that the party executive is working at cross purposes instead of fighting together to challenge the status quo that has caused untold suffering among Zimbabweans.


  1. Pasi ne MDC! Pasi na Tswankson! Pasi na Biti!

    1. you can only mirror what you see and appreciate

    2. You are still in the world of slogans, stone age eh. Slogans don’t build countries. But Newsday seems to have a project, “Destroy Tsvangirayi”

  2. Sounds like Newsday is in the Chamisa faction?

  3. this paper has taken a side. Unfortunately you can not destroy DR Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, he is a big brand although as a human being is fallible. Let me agree with the writer that the opposition must as of now concentrate on possible ways of saving the country from total collapse and building bridges with other like-minded forces. In this struggle I strongly believe that Chamisa has a role to play as well as his leader so let them not be pushed by the biased media in their differences.

  4. The issue of Nelly is precisely an MDCT’s internal affair. The party must be kept united by removing selfish and divisive characters like Chamisa and company.At times women get their breasts removed once attacked by cancer.A person can even have his/her leg removed because of cancer. Chamisa is a cancer in the MDCT and by timorously removing him from the party can save the party from splitting further.The people will never forgive him for his role in candidate impositions of 2013.The empire he had build then continue to cause havoc in the party. Ngavaende.

    MDCT is a people’s project and those with thick heads should have learned from Welshman Ncube, Job Sikhala, Mangoma and Mbiti. No one is able to collapse the people’s project.

  5. Jamengweni Godonga

    This is ZANU – they are on payroll otherwise if he does not play ball we will doing a him from our house simthathele lomfazi or abafazi. The opposition is disaster in Zimbabwe which works very well for Bob to buy time until masge Gire learns to speak proper English and behave properly in public; then we have a monarch state of affairs.

  6. Can Newsday tell us the whole story. If Chamisa is no longer pulling in MDC-T direction then what do they need him for. He talks too early of a coalition and he talks as if we Zimbabweans have send him. He has been holding rallies lambasting a coalition which is non-existent but which some Zimbabweans are clamouring for, so he should be prudent enough not to prematurely talk about it with such authority.

  7. Munhu wese kuna mai Mujuru,a true living heroine

  8. Mai mujuru will never be buried at heroes acre cz she’s a sellout.So who wants her to be the executive???

  9. ye ye vana vezimbabwe kurai. zvinhu zvamunotaura zvehondo izvikazvi.
    zvatipfidzisa nezhara. Lets fight to put food on the table. Our children had been disadvantaged and we simply need a gov that may allow us to work for our children and grandchildren.
    Chimurenga chakarwiwa nemunhu wese. Àkabika akarwa, akatakura pfuti akarwa. akaimba akarwa..
    Vanamukoma vedu vakatirwira tikasununguka. Ko mhosva yedu ndeyei kutambura kudai.
    Please we respect our history asi kitijairira mazonyanya.

  10. IMI guys dzenews day tokuzivai kuti muri related naWelshman Ncube saka hatishamiswe nemarepotero enyu aya. MDC-T is there to stay , ende tichatonga nyika COME 2018.

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