Chamisa chides Mnangagwa

MDC-T vice-president Nelson Chamisa has claimed that the opposition backed the military-led “Operation Restore Legacy” to ensure the emergence of a “weaker and easy-to-defeat” leader in the form of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA

Speaking at a Sapes Trust discussion on Thursday, Chamisa said it was for strategic reasons that the MDC-T supported the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe through military intervention as the 93-year-old veteran politician was a “tough nut to crack” when it came to elections.

He also vowed the MDC-T would block attempts by Mnangagwa to either bring forward or delay the 2018 elections.

Chamisa was responding to one of the panellists Ibbo Mandaza, who lashed out at the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party for “political short-sightedness” by backing the military and Zanu PF in the removal of Mugabe hoping to benefit from the spoils which they never got.

But Chamisa said the decision by his party was a political strategy to eliminate Mugabe, who was by far a stronger candidate than his successor. He said Mugabe’s removal was a God-sent gift to his party which would now have to face a less charismatic leader with a track record of losing elections even to minnows.

“We make no apology for participating in the demonstrations. For us, Mugabe was a more difficult opponent than ED (Mnangagwa),” he said.

“It was a strategic decision we made. As far as we are concerned, ED is a weaker candidate compared to Mugabe. Why is ED weaker? He is charisma-free. Why is ED weaker? He does not have grassroots support. Why is ED weaker? He has no track record.

“His track record is of defeat. Defeat even to junior people like [former Kwekwe MP Blessing] Chebundo.”

The Kuwadzana East MP added: “So for us in terms of confronting a political opponent, we had to redefine the opponent and we wanted to help Zanu PF to give us a weaker opponent in ED. We still believe that ED is our next guest for defeat. We have no doubt about that.”

Chamisa said Zanu PF MPs were trying to use Parliament to have elections postponed because they were aware Mnangagwa would not stand a chance against the opposition party.

He vowed his party would block any move by the ruling party to try to use Parliament to postpone the elections.

Chamisa said the MDC-T had presented a list of demands to Mnangagwa to be fulfilled before elections could be held, among them a pledge by the military that they would accept the outcome of the polls.

In the past, the military has made a position that the Presidency was a straitjacket that could not be held by anyone without liberation war credentials, shutting out Tsvangirai who had posed a serious challenge to Mugabe and handed him his first electoral defeat in 2008.

Mandaza urged the opposition to immediately come up with a presidential candidate if they were fancying any chance of beating Mnangagwa.

41 Comments

  1. Comment…chenjerai kudyiwa neNgwena varume muchiti rwizi urwu rwunoyambukika.

  2. but why is it that sometimes you say that mnangagwa and mugabe are the same

  3. Nelson is clearly a daydreamer!

  4. Comment…At last, mdc-t admits that it lost in the elections fairly because Mugabe is a tough nut to crack and not because of rigging. Mdct views ED as a low hanging fruit, easy to defeat

  5. Loud mouth Chamisa. Some things you think them but you don’t say them in public fora

    1. My sentiments exactly..

  6. chamisa chamisa chamisa……

  7. Chamisa, you should not underestimate ED. If you see a crocodile with eyes closed, pretending to be asleep or dead, you cross the river at your own peril. Because when those jaws snap shut around your leg or arm, no force in the world can undo that grip. Ask Bob. Ask Dread Gire.

  8. Some things are better left unsaid. Still waters run deep.

  9. GET RID OF “M CONSTITUTION”
    YOU ARE MEANT TO BE AN EDUCATED COUNTRY
    SOMEBODY ” KICK ARSE”

  10. Chamisa seem to be conflicting himself. He goes with the tides. If a situation changes he supports Mugabe’s removal to get a weaker opponent on the other hand he calls that opponent illegitimate. Which is which Chamisa. Sit down and think before you open your mouth. Remember you have an electorate which has a 90% plus retaracy. You need to be smart and not just waffle.

    1. eve please read through again what you have written and you will realise this “illegitimacy” is part of the politics its a plus for the opposition.Think again and you will see the answer emerging from your statement.this is politics and not law and they(mdc) can employ the former to challenge the latter;its part of their arsenal.

  11. With this kind of thinking Chamisa is exposing his immaturity and unfit character to be a country’s head of state. He better not replace Morgan Tsvangirai as MDC leader.

  12. Chamisa is right, Matabeleland will not vote for Genocidal kingpin same as part of Midlands worse in Mashonaland leaving him with Masvingo only.

    1. lol thats where we are failing….look at presidential qualities and maturity and not useless talk…

  13. why cant you just wait for the elections nhai vaChamisa…talking about him kudai wont make you win the elections, sit down think of a better way of campaigning kwete izvi zvamuri kuita…you are just proving that you cant be our leader nepfungwa dzako,..i pray that mdc leader vaTsvangirai wont leave you in power, maybe khupe or biti not chamisa..

  14. I think this chamisa guy must look for some other job to do not zvaari kuita.
    ED might be bad but if we look at the negative side of everything we not going anywhere, i now believe that these MDC guys are after money and fame and not us….dont waste your time looking at the bad things done by ED, we all have flaws after all.

  15. Chamisa very immature. Always after negative things on ZANU PF. So what then. Why would we vote for MDC.At least ZANU is explaining and showing why we should vote for them. MDC nothing except kuti havaite. But tomorrow MDC would be the first to defend the corrupt person

    1. @kilo don’t judge mdc because of this one speech listen to what they say out there, Zanu always say good things but implementation zero. MDC’s plans are very clear even the Mnangagwa inaugural speech was MDC manifesto which they have been preaching for the past decade. Chamisa is the real deal, what he said here is very clear and to me it makes a lot of sense

  16. Chamisa is laying his fears bare.He knows Mnangagwa is the real deal.Do not take the people of Mashonaland for granted. we know the difference between Mugabe and Zanu PF. come elections you will be shocked how ED has taken the nation by storm.

  17. The remark by Chamisa lacks intelligence.It could have been better if he had said the Mdc-T backed the military in support of the people of Zimbabwe who were tired of Mugabe dictatorship and at the same time backing the military helped to avoid the operation generating into a conflict which would then had resulted into bloodshed.Whilst the opposition contributed to the success of Mugabe removal the move was mainly mend to create a new political ground for a free and fair election play which is at least shown by the new leader.There is really nothing wrong in appreciating the little progress made by the new leadership as compared to Mugabe.

    1. These are just words there is no progress yet

  18. The remark by Chamisa lacks intelligence.It could have been better if he had said the Mdc-T backed the military in support of the people of Zimbabwe who were tired of Mugabe dictatorship and at the same time backing the military helped to avoid the operation generating into a conflict which would then had resulted into bloodshed.Whilst the opposition contributed to the success of Mugabe removal,the move has also helped to create a new political ground for a free and fair election play which is at least shown by the new leader if what is happening today is not to change tomorrow.There is really nothing wrong in appreciating the little progress made by the new leadership as compared to Mugabe.

  19. Nelson is just pathetic . He should just shut up his loud mouth

  20. Chamisa and his mdc are reactionaries.They are always negative.They have nothing to offer the electorate.His is trying to create a softlanding against their eventual demise by trying to attract sympathizers.His talk is aimed at his mdc audience where he is trying to project himself as a better alternative to Khupe and Mudzuri.Poor Chamisa.

  21. Vanhu hamusati mavhurika maziso muchavhurika zvenyu

  22. Nerison pliz shut up and reflect. The man you are dealing with this time is a hard nut to crack. Remember he was the Chief Election agent of the former President whom you are saying was not a push over when it comes to elections. At least for the first time you have admitted than you lost all previous elections to a better candidate. Wake up from that horrible nightmare and smell the coffee.

  23. At least give Zimbabweans one tangible reason why u should be rewarded with victory.

  24. Comment…takabisa bhutsu pasara masox . just easy as eating porrige.

  25. ED will be a fool to think the election is locked and won. No its not. Chamisa, if he says for them Bob’s removal was strategic dont criticise him / show us why its a loosing strategy.

    What are my thoughts on ED. Not trustworthy. Trust is everything for me in politics. He does not get my vote #anythingbuted. All I am saying is the negative sentiments from the #stuckonzpf crowd will not translate into an ED victory.

  26. Mugabe said long back Chamisa will lead Zimbabwe

  27. One thing i like about ED he is pragmatic and idealist philosopher at the same time,trained to be loyal to set principles so please be careful,.Mr Chamisa i admire you, i have my card on you cdes but please put our house in order, let have a clear path and stop selfish ambitions.We not to have a philosophy of regressivism to win!!

  28. umnnn zvimwe tinganyeperana hedu but CHAMISA kanotaima kamufana aka tokavhotera muchida musingadi.pfeee kapinda zvako panyanga pana 2018 ungakadii hapana AND HAPANA

  29. This shows why Chamisa is not ready to lead a major political party, if this report is factual then Chamisa is naive and politically immature as he doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. In politics you never show all your cards, revealing the reasoning of a strategy before time is dumb.

  30. vaChamisa what you did made sense in that you were facing a common enemy in mugabe .remember in the 30s and 40s the communists and nationalists of China stopped fighting each other to face common enemy Japan, They resumed their fighting each other after defeating Japan.Zvokuti ngwenais weak ingoriwo opinion yenyu

  31. Chamisa is a confused idiot,the truth is initially he thought his party would benefit from Mugabe’s ouster but now since he has realised the truth he is now trying to sing a different tune.

  32. Chamisa ndizvo.We support you.

  33. We are sick and tired of Zanu.People are suffering.Taneta isu

  34. Newsday you are being used by Herald.We wont buy your newspapers.You are there to decampaign MDC.Manje MDC NDEYE VANHU.MIRARI MUONE PAMA ELECTIONS.

  35. taneta neZanu wena tinewe chamisa wabantu

  36. chamisa is a bit childish, for some reason i personally didn’t think that he should have taken the reigns of power , a mature person could have been ideal.Anyway, he needs to learn and he has to learn a lot faster if he is to sway the elections in the opposition favour. Mugabe was never a hard nut to crack.He simply rigged elections.And whats needed to be known is how did he rig the elections with whose help and from now on wards how is that secured so that elections could be free and fair.

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