Chamisa eyes Tsvangirai post

FIERCE jostling for power has reportedly erupted in the opposition MDC-T, as party hawks were lobbying for ailing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down on health grounds and hand over power to his youthful deputy, Nelson Chamisa, NewsDay has established.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Nelson Chamisa,
Nelson Chamisa,
The opposition party was thrown into a panic mode over the weekend after Tsvangirai, who is battling cancer of the colon, was air-lifted to South Africa early on Friday morning as his health took a sudden plunge.

Chamisa, who was catapulted to the position of vice-president by Tsvangirai last year, was according to insiders, a front-runner to take over from his boss, NewsDay heard.

“There are calls within the party and among our supporters that Tsvangirai should stay at home, rest and relax because the extra work he is doing is taking a heavy toll on his health. The emergency which saw him being airlifted to South Africa left the party in panic,” the source said.

According to analysts, Tsvangirai had, of late, been grooming Chamisa to take over the reins of power, going with him on international trips where they have met foreign leaders, partners and potential funders.

“Chamisa has been Tsvangirai’s right, hand man over the past year. The two travelled together to Ghana
early this year for the swearing-in of President Nana Akufo-Addo, before going to Kenya where they met [opposition leader] Raila Odinga. Chamisa was also left in charge at the MDC Alliance meeting in Kadoma when Tsvangirai’s health took a nasty turn [last week],” the source said.

Chamisa, an advocate, turns 40 next year in time to present his nomination papers as a presidential candidate, who will face Zanu PF’s soon to be 94-year-old candidate, President Robert Mugabe.

But, both Chamisa and MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu yesterday dismissed Tsvangirai’s succession reports as “ill-timed and malicious”.

“There is nothing to take over. If anything, we need a take-off, president Tsvangirai is well. He is our best foot forward in 2018, he is the popular candidate, he deserves all the support by all of us in the movement and in the country to deliver victory in the 2018 watershed elections,” Chamisa said.

He added: “So, instead of people calling for him to step down [if ever there is anything like that happening], I think the correct message is to ask him to step up and to encourage every Zimbabwean to register to vote so that we deliver a decisive blow to poverty and backwardness.”

Gutu weighed in saying: “President Morgan Tsvangirai is doing fine. Why should we even talk about succession when he has been endorsed as our presidential candidate by the MDC Alliance? We are now focused on mobilising our supporters to register to vote in their millions. At the same time, we are also strenuously pushing for the adoption of electoral reforms that will ensure that next year’s elections are free and fair.”

Gutu also said: “Whoever is making those calls is motivated by malice and ill-will. We will not even dignify such rubbish by offering a substantive response.”

Tsvangirai’s other vice-presidents Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe denied that the party was in a panic mode.

“The president is doing alright, I last spoke to him this afternoon and he will be back to lead the party and the alliance. So I don’t know why people are speculating on leadership change. I don’t want to comment on that speculation save to say it’s their democratic right to do as such,” Mudzuri said, adding he had just met Tsvangirai in South Africa and got assurances that the MDC-T leader was in good health.

Khupe, who of late has clashed with Tsvangirai over the party’s participation in the MDC Alliance, declined to comment over the issue.

Academic and activist Blessing Vava, however, urged the MDC–T to look beyond Tsvangirai and begin a process of leadership renewal.

“I think the MDC-T now needs to look beyond Tsvangirai, he has done his part and he needs to rest. His latest images show that he is deteriorating, he should consider his health more than anything else. The electoral period is rigorous and intense and it’s a matter of concern if he is going to pull through, but whoever should takeover should go through democratic processes and not by direct appointment,” Vava said.

The succession issue has been a major factor in the negotiations between MDC-T and Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP), with Tsvangirai retaining leadership of the MDC Alliance.

“He has been clear that in the event that he becomes indisposed then his deputy, who was supposed to be Joice Mujuru, can’t take over the presidency. Instead, it should be taken by someone from his party and we clearly did not agree with that,” a source at Mujuru’s NPP said.

Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party was, however, optimistic that Tsvangirai will pull through and lead the alliance to victory.

“He looks ready to manage. We all have our days, remember he is contesting against a man who is almost a century old. We need to make sure we support him to get to the elections and beyond as best we can and we will leave the rest to the Almighty God. The same who has taken him to this point and will not abandon him at this hour,” PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said.

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52 Comments

  1. Chamisa for President , I am leaving MDC T, he is a confused boy he is the one who participated in the Supreme Court case which saw thousands becoming jobless including me. My Vote will go to Zanu PF, never Chamisa.

    1. i disagree with u . chamisa is the most reasonable candidate

      1. Taura hako.And he is popular.

        1. Popular where? Do you think kuwadzana is Zimbabwe? You are very, i dont know

      2. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        What about Dr KHUPE?

        1. No no no no she is not from the northern hemisphere

    2. i didn’t thot of casting my vote, but if Chamisa is to stand for presidency, waaaaal count on me . that man is genius, even Mugabe admitted that when he was Min Of Technology .He did great things within a short period.

    3. nyamakate dokonda

      Iyaa that Zuva Case that saw Chamisa taking an active role as an advocate opened a can of worms. It went on to be used as a labor practice of dismissing people. And today that person bear ambitions of being in government ,precisely president with such barbaric acts. I wonder if it is making any sense for him to continue aspiring to be at the echelon of Zimbabwe.

    4. nhe was doing his job as a lawyer you must blame the lawmakers and u as well who take part in that constitution making process

    5. Chamisa is better than Tsvangirai

    6. Watch out you stupid jerera. what are you smoking? who told you that chamisa is presidential material for 2018? Ifyou cant vote for chamisa then vote for tsvangirai and tell me the difference. kana uchingori zanu plz ita zvezanu usataura zveparty yausingazivi zvairi. vhotera dhara yako wakanyarara usatingwaudza

    7. I think his time is coming, not now, I won’t vote MDC again, never ever!

  2. yaaa l dnt see anything bad with chamisa

  3. Comment…Looks like the tea and cakes Tsvangirai used to enjoy at the statehouse with Gushungo are back to haunt him. Ask ED who enjoyed some icecream.

  4. We have to learn to make political adjustments. Unarguably, Zimbabwe is bigger than either Tsvangirai and Mugabe and will be there long after they are gone. Furthermore, the country is not short of potential leaders. There needs to be one substantive VP who can automatically take over in case of any eventuality as opposed to the current unsubstantiated post prone to objection. All said and done, we are all mortal.

    1. HE WATU HAPANA FICKI SAWA SANA , YOTE PUMBAFU, MEME NA SEMA VOTE BITI, LABDA
      ZANU OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      ME NA PELECA NDEGE YA EAST AFRICAN AIRWAYS FOR 14YRS NA GULF AIR FOR 10 YRS
      NOW MEME MUZEE NA PUMASEKA SUNSHINE COAST QUEENLAND , POLE

    2. there is a substantive vp. ed takes over if mugabe dies or is in capacitated..

  5. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    No doubt Tsvangirai is not at his best of health and campaigning is quite taxing.The appropriate medical decision for him is to step down and allow himself enough time to recuperate at the comfort of his home.

  6. Gutu is jealous. anodavo kupiwa nyanga

  7. I believe Chamisa will get us where we want as a nation.

  8. Wezhira Nelson Chamisa zvatova zvinhu tinoenda kure naye. Is the respective candidate to take the position if the nature permits.

  9. tsvangirai you are the only one who can beat the Bobster even if it means pushing you on a wheel chair

  10. Jacob mafume has given a very mature and humane comment. That is the kind of maturity we want in such situations. But look at this mercenary shit of a woman called Khupe. She refused to comment. Not even to wish Tsvangirai well. Who does she think she is? Obviously deep down her money-loving heart she would want Tsvangirai DEAD!! The mdc party should expell this power hungry fool

  11. Politics is a game of shadows and hypocrisy…so its good for MDC to field Tsvangirai who is evidently not feeling well as a presidential candidate but wrong for Zanu pf to field Mugabe who is 94 years? From what Gutu is saying, no matter how bad Tsvangirai’s health is, as long as he is the chosen candidate then he must lead the MDC…but is it not the same argument of Zanupf that no matter how old their president is, but because he was chosen to lead,he must remain at the helm of their party? What a mess for the electorate.

  12. Ko iye Tsvangirai haazivi here kuti muZimbabwe mune Vanhu vanoshandiswa na Mwari kurapa CANCER kuti ipere!! seiko vanhu vachifarira kufa vachiti AIDS ne CANCER hazvirapiki?

    1. Iwe wakarapwa ukapora? Stop hallucinating

  13. Parapinda, Mugabe is not only too old but has failed the nation.

  14. You will see the difference between Gushungo and Save. Gushungo is a sickling and senile, and ready to be transported in a wheelbarrow due to advanced age and failing health- but Save, due to ill health, he is going to hand over the baton to the next leader.

    1. now there u are wrong.. very wrong.. not a big fan of gushungo.. but the fact is gushungo is smarter than all his political opponents..the fact that he can give a nation headaches at 94 is just genius.. tsvangirai lost the plot in the gnu, he aint giving confidence ahead of 2018.. gushungo is 94 but is doing nationwide rallies.. clearly tsvangirai is already a step behind..

  15. I GO WITH CHAMISA

  16. I think newsday, you are just jumping the gun and want to sell your paper.

  17. Understandably, Zimbos have precariously held their lives at the mercies of Mugabe’s entitlement and Tsvangirai’s victimhood. The highest the two can offer are the first and second liberation narratives respectively occasionally shifting blame on each other for the current failure. As the country severely bleeds for economic and democratic liberation, these narratives are no longer relevant. The nation urgently requires a youthful, vibrant leader devoid of colonial hangover with the ability to transform it to the world status. Until Zimbos offset themselves from the yoke of these two competing politicians, their burden is far from over. Chamisa a better option!

  18. “same old rubbish’ different bins” taneta nazvo izvi, the concept of democracy never worked in post colonial africa!!!!

  19. it is good for Save to remain as party president for now while someone else preferable Chamisa is choosen to represent the mdc in 2018.As it is now people are focusing more on his health instead of 2018 elections.

  20. MAN KENYA iyo ndiyo point.. unfortunately, the reality is that politics in africa/zim is more on the personality and not the party. its only in south africa were they are doing a good job about prioritizing the party and person.

  21. anyway chamisa will win all the youth even those who have been attending bobs rallies. this might be our answer. all of us love morgan and he has done a lot for us and may GOD bless him, at the same time for me chamisa can bring a new dimension to zim politics which zanu might not handle. the way mdc t is talking this might be the direction which I think they know is coming. I think even the bitis know about it and are happy. I think there are lots of things mdc t and coliation is not telling us and this time zanu might be caught napping.

  22. If Chamisa takes its ok because Bulawayo Province was sick and tired of Khupes imposition

  23. Chipangano chauya

    trevor ncube will do anything to make sure tsvaqngirai never rule this country.why do u hate him for trevor.u gonna die first ozorwadziwa wamuguva mako akutonga,uri ndebele lotuvhi trevor hamba katshania febe last n7umber

  24. chamisa s the best option 2 take this country 2 a higher level. I think Save should work on the background 2 give this young and energetic leader the necessary strength

  25. chamisa yes asi ndikuvhotera vaMugabe

  26. Tsvangirai for 2018

  27. Comment. Very ambitious people. Its good to hear, however lets wait and see. The clock is ticking

  28. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    What about Dr Khupe?

  29. Pythagoras. One-One.

    Comment…I love the exhibitions of Devine created variety of perspectives and hope the erstwhile opinionless shall be fortunate enough to sift the grain from the chuff. End of the day the fundamental perpetual challenge remains, ‘ The most suitable democracy version for Africa’? What the people want or what the people need.?

  30. No political party or country should put forward leaders who are severely ailing due to age or poor health to lead affairs of the party or nation. The business of the political party or government is too important to wait until the individual is no longer incapacitated. Case in point Nigeria’s Buhari was in the UK for health treatment for months on end. On the day of his inauguration he obviously looked unwell and gaunt. Like RGM and Morgan why do they persist to lead a nation and political party when they cant give 100%. Their perseverance and false strength does not serve their political party or respective countries any good.

    The African continent has the fastest growing population of your people who require jobs, education, business opportunities, homes and access to good health. These leaders from another era do not have the solution to the modern challenges and are still fighting the old battles i.e. imperialism, tribalism, segregation etc.

    They should all step aside once they reach 65 years old.

  31. CDE Drisknopatrinobaz Padzinoridzwa

    Lawyers dont make any laws, only intepret.

  32. fuck u. pamberi ne ZANU PF

  33. Comment…to hell Yu zanu pf thugz

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