Tsvangirai buckles under pressure

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has buckled under pressure and agreed to meet various party structures in the Matabeleland region to explain the nature of the MDC Alliance before its official launch in Bulawayo next month.


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai

The party’s secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, told NewsDay yesterday Tsvangirai would travel to Bulawayo earlier than initially expected.

“I have been advised by our organising department that the president [Tsvangirai] will meet our structures in the region [Matabeleland] before the launch of the MDC Alliance on September 2,” Mwonzora said.

“As for the nature of the meetings, I am not sure yet.

“You would need to get finer details from our organiser [Abednico] Bhebhe or the president’s spokesperson [Luke Tamborinyoka].”

Tsvangirai was endorsed as the leader of a coalition of seven opposition parties, which include Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Welshman Ncube’s MDC.

However, questions remain on whether former Vice-President and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru will be part of the plan.

Barely a day after the announcement of the coalition was made at a rally in Harare last month, Tsvangirai’s deputy Thokozani Khupe, MDC-T national chairperson Lovemore Moyo and Bhebhe, who did not attend the signing ceremony, were allegedly attacked by party youths, who accused them of plotting against Tsvangirai.

An inquiry is underway, but the victims pointed an accusing finger at Tsvangirai.

Khupe has not hidden her disdain for the coalition, arguing the MDC-T is strong enough to win on its own in Matabeleland and has instead said an alliance should be built in the Mashonaland provinces, where the party has often lost to Zanu PF.

Moyo at the weekend ratcheted up pressure on Tsvangirai on the coalition issue, declaring the former Prime Minister owed the people of the region answers.

But Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai would not be answering any questions because he had the party’s mandate.

“The president will travel to

the region for the alliance launch and might take advantage to engage provincial structures,” he said.

“It has nothing to do with what the national chairman is reported to have said.

“I must categorically state that there is no going back on the issue of alliances.

“This stems from a congress resolution and was affirmed by the national council.”

A senior opposition leader, who declined to be named, said Tsvangirai risked losing some support from the western parts of the country.

“By failing to listen to leaders from the region and bringing the Ncube-Biti axis, the MDC-T could actually lose more than gain,” the official said.


  1. Tsvangirai should have married his homegirl, Gire who also hails from Buhera. Both are violent prone when challenged and a couple made in hell, kkkk. Khupe has failed to deliver Matebeleland but only Byo. Mat South has been dominated by zpf and Welshman Ncube

    1. so we agree that there is need for coalition.
      on married everyone can marry his/her choice

  2. Juice Mujuru is not the people’s friend,let her go back to zanu pf and do their dirty works they have been doing together with Mugabe,but the very special judgement day is closing slowly,because everyone born out of blood is not worth in the eyes of the mighty god.Everyone is eagerly waiting patiently but painful.

  3. mdc-t, mdc-n, mdc-99, mdc-b, mdc-m, mdc-a.

    a united party.

  4. baba tino ,tsvangirai haafambe achirova vanhu ,gire anobva kuChivhu mash east ,tsvangirai buhera manicaland.

  5. There should not be any coalition with Mujuru because she is a Zanu PF wife who will never abandon her second rape husband. Right now she is being paid to destabilize that is why the husband always claims there is no coalition to talk about. People have realized this and abandoned her. Go along with Welshman and you have done it more better by roping in Ndonga and Mutambara. Your votes will be stronger in Manicaland. Masvingo and Midlands will support you because hatichadi kudyiswa maIce cream futi, so be guaranteed of our votes kusvika kamutana aka kabva. We now have one common enemy, Mugabe and his small house who goes around the world beating up people.

  6. Grace is not from Buhera. You should get your facts right before barking in public like a stranded dog!!! Grace comes from Chivhu which falls under Mashonaland East while Morgan is from Buhera under Manicaland….

  7. Tsvangirai is a Zimbabwean. I challenge all political scientist to invent a barometer to measure one’s lovefor Zimbabwe. We want to know the one who loves zimbabwe most.

  8. Khupe & her allies who are against the coallition must swallow their pride & join others. I believe kt it is better to be a minister in the ruling party than to be a VP in the opposition.

  9. Misheck Chiduku

    Newsday,your headlines are just as those from the Pravda.To say Tsvangirai buckled under pressure is such a mischievous statement not expected from your paper.As a leader,he is mandated to listen to his constituency and not be arrogant.If he had refused to listen to the people in Matabeleland,you would have labelled him a dictator.Newsday is a paper of hypocrites and Pharisees.

  10. My advise to MDC Alliance is please leave Joice Mujuru alone. Her actions are very suspicious, handione akasiya ZANU PF zvachose. Please be warned,

  11. ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

    Zanu P.F. will simply lead the opposition political parties to ‘the Electoral slaughter house’, come 2018 B.V.R. Election time.

    A miserable so-called ‘grant coalition’, a copy cat of the Kenyan’s Raila Odinga is heading to another loud cry of ‘rigging, rigging, rigging and rigging!

    The myopic politics of the opposition which advocated for the imposition of economic sanctions against our Motherland to the detriment of our people regardless of the political divide will work against them.

    These charlatans feign ignorance and want us to believe that sanctions are ineffective; and allege economic mismanagement by Zanu P.F.

    A million dollar question is: why are over 25 Heads of states of European countries convene conferences yearly to ‘review’ the satanic, deleterious, demonic, racist, economic sanctions against our Motherland Zimbabwe.

  12. josphat mugadzaweta

    just reverse the appointments of chamisa and mudzuri because equating them to elected Khupe is just like urinating on democracy.

    1. how many vps will they be in so called coalition

  13. HEAR HEAR………..

  14. Dzinomwa Muna Save

    Baba Va Tino sounds a bitter person gara wakadaro uri we Zanu we know keep your untrained marshall artist Gire

  15. from the way i see it joyce will only split zanu pf vote, so tsvangirayi should just let her go alone, plus that woman didnt leave zanu who her own accord she was fired, shes still zanu pf to the core i dont trust her with democracy

  16. i suggest the vice president honourable khupe,the chairman mr moyo and organ ncube follow what the people want ,not thier will.if they decide to leave the party,they risk loosing the power they are enjoying right now.mdc is a people s party.[people will stillm vote for the party in the region come 2018.

  17. Cde Rudeologist Chikala

    Haiwawo – can they please remind us what reforms they achieved whilst they were in Govt. Ranga riri basa re bonde chete chete.

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