Tsvangirai headache over MDC Alliance

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has summoned members of his party’s national executive committee to an urgent meeting today to review their position in the MDC Alliance amid reports of fierce resistance by his lieutenants.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

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

The MDC-T indaba comes at a time the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Zanu Ndonga were also haggling over the terms of the pact.

Fierce fights have reportedly rocked the PDP and Zanu Ndonga with the parties’ lower structures accusing their leaders of unilaterally signing the coalition deal without consulting stakeholders and turning themselves into appendages of the MDC-T.

Seven opposition parties last month met in Harare under the auspices of the MDC Alliance and endorsed Tsvangirai as their leader.

PDP deputy spokesperson George Mkwananzi early this week accused Biti of having negotiated an agreement that gave “personal packages to the Harare leadership under the coalition while overlooking the party’s strongholds outside the capital”.

Zanu Ndonga leader Denford Masiyarira also claimed that the party’s representative, Aerial Sakuinje, had no right to sign the MDC Alliance deal on behalf of the party leadership.

MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu confirmed today’s meeting, saying coalitions were never easy to form.

“The national executive council is meeting tomorrow (today). Coalitions are never a stroll in the park nor are they a sprint, but a marathon. We have crossed the Rubicon, but there will always be hurdles on the way because this is the first opposition coalition post-independence,” Gutu said.

Gutu was diplomatic on the issues affecting the alliance despite various sources saying the contention was about sharing parliamentary seats among the parties.

“We are having some teething problems just like in any organisation, but we will settle them,” he said.

Tsvangirai is also facing rebellion from the party’s Matabeleland structures which are not comfortable with the alliance agreement. The calls are being spearheaded by party deputy president Thokozani Khupe, party chairman Lovemore Moyo and deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe.

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8 Comments

  1. Tsvangirai Leave those Briefcase Power hungry Parties pliz we are tired of this Nonsense ,leave this PDP thing and come next year we gonna see who is who?

  2. josphat mugadzaweta

    listen to them president because should we lose mat’land then we are as good as dead.

  3. Tsvangirai listens to the last person he talks to. The southern region is a stronghold of MDC and any split now will be political suicide and history for Tsvangirai.

  4. There are no two ways about it Tsvangirai. You must be ready to make this hard decision lest you become a victim of the world, as usual. All parties must shelve their ambitions and unite under one umbrella coalition. Fielding parallel candidates will cost the coalition dearly, the Kenyan opposition style. Its better to deal with intra-coalition wrangles during the primaries than to split the votes during the polling day. Any other format, however appealing on the face value, is an exercise in futility. You can take that statement to the bank!

  5. here’s a clue: Voters have a list of their preferred candidates. If their number one candidate submits to their third preference, they will vote for the second placed candidate.

    That’s how this coalition equation is not going to work.

    A wise opposition leader wouldn’t silence other voices and views, but would rather take comfort in their growing number.

  6. Mr President MRTSVANGIRAI ,itai izvi.Each opposition party must field its candidate for MP BUT for the president post imi SAVE MORGAN RICHARD TSVANGIRAI momirira all opposition against Mugabe.Nyika tinotora.Asi mukaita zvamuri kuda kuita izvi hatina kwatinoenda.Consider my words plz.

  7. Best way kungosiya mapato ozvimiririra pama MPs then kuna President toisa Tsvangirayi

  8. You guys are missing one thing. All these small parties have followers but not enough to win a single constituency. Their face server is the coalition and the sharing of seats means getting them on a silver platter. However, we want these few followers boost our chances of wresting the presidency from Bob. We are in a trade off scenario. Hard.

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