MDC-T in a fix

Temba Mliswa

The MDC-T is in a catch 22 situation on how to deal with ex-Zanu PF top officials following reports former Mashonaland West chairperson, Temba Mliswa wanted to be readmitted into the ruling party.


His remarks in a local State-owned daily have caused anxiety within the MDC-T, which had seemingly accepted him as an ally in the fight against President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF.

Chalton Hwende, the MDC-T deputy treasurer-general used Facebook to register his displeasure at Mliswa’s alleged statements saying they “vindicated most of the MDC-T members, who were sceptical about having a coalition with the disgruntled former Zanu PF members”.


“The story about Temba Mliswa’s return to Zanu PF vindicates those of us against joining hands with disgruntled ex Zanu PF rejects like [former Vice-President] Amai Joice Mujuru,” he said.

“Apart from this, these people have [allegedly] murdered our people, looted State resources and are responsible for the misery we are currently facing as Zimbabweans. The Zanu PF officials cannot, therefore, become our new liberators they must wait to be arrested and jailed for the crimes they committed.”

But party secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora said, as far as he was concerned, Mliswa had alleged that he was misquoted by State media, hinting that the MDC-T was ready to engage ex-Zanu PF members seeking to dislodge Mugabe.

“He has told us that he was misquoted and as far as I know, he issued a statement on social media clarifying his statement,” he said.

“As a party, we will treat each case as it comes and see whether there is need to accommodate those who were kicked out of Zanu PF and how we will integrate with them. As MDC we are ready to engage all progressive forces who want to remove Zanu PF from power because it has failed.”

Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson of the ex-Zanu PF group, which calls itself People First, said although they have not formally started engaging with the opposition, they would not be swayed from their thrust of improving the country by people with different agendas.

“We are not moved by that at all, we have stated long ago that Mliswa has his own agenda and people should separate him from us and treat him differently,” he said.

After they were kicked out of Zanu PF in December last year on allegations of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe, a number of ex-Zanu PF members, who include Mujuru, have been said to be holding private talks with the opposition to form an alliance and challenge the Zanu PF leader in 2018.

But the said talks are yet to be formalised as PF members are yet to form their political party.


  1. The brain cells of the MDC hierarchy have been scrambled in their own spin dryer for a long time.
    They do not even know north from south anymore.
    In summary they are collection of rudderless morons,

  2. there is no fix here. its only questions being asked by everyone if these suckings were true or not. with everyone it is not yet clear. even mdc t itself is approaching it with caution. up to now there has been nothing official. i have not even heard morgan say we accept mliswa etc, but saying he is free to hear anyone even mugabe himself. i have had my leader say that. mdc t is a discussing party. they allow debate and some papers take it as split or division or fix or catch 22. no its not that. any party member who takes it with a lot of emotions and start saying if my points are not taken i am leaving is not worth mdct and can leave.

  3. there is no fix. this is an empty article. my friend MDC is not moved by that. the group of the so called people first are zanu pf and will be treated as such. MDC will stand on its own come 2018, all this noise about coalition are hogwash. coalition with parties that have no constituency is useless. people of zimbabwe need to know what they really want rather than being misled and have their opinions shaped by the media.

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