MDC-T fights spell disaster if unresolved

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led opposition MDC-T could be on the verge of collapse unless appropriate measures are taken to rescue it, with the party leadership closing ranks and working together.

At a time Zimbabweans are yearning for a strong opposition to fight it out with a resurgent Zanu PF led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, it is unfortunate that this is happening when the official opposition should be playing a crucial role to hold the ruling party to account.

Clearly, all odds are against the opposition going into this year’s election, but they can give Zanu PF a run for its money, and claim a good chunk of the votes to keep the ruling party in check.

It is regrettable that the vanguard of the opposition has weakened due to personal and selfish interests as a result of the absence of Tsvangirai, who is nursing colon cancer.

But Zimbabweans would expect that all MDC-T founding members and other supporters would know that unity is what is needed for the good and future of the party.

This year’s elections are not a stroll in the park, as the

MDC-T or MDC Alliance will face a rejuvenated Zanu PF currently seeking to attract millions of Zimbabweans through revised policies, including on land and indigenisation, among others.

No doubt, this is the most awful time for the MDC-T to be divided, and if the spat between deputy presidents Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri during an MDC Alliance rally at Huruyadzo shopping centre in Chitungwiza on Sunday is anything to go by, then we can only anticipate the worst.

Ancient wisdom says a house divided against itself cannot stand. Therefore, the MDC-T needs to take heed of this and act accordingly.

It appears that Tsvangirai’s absence has created a dangerous vacuum that could swallow the party whole if it is not careful.

In the “new” Zanu PF, they already have a formidable foe, and the last thing they want right now is to allow factions to rip them apart, as individuals pursue egocentric agendas at the expense of the party and its supporters.

If this crisis is not resolved as a matter of urgency, it means the party will limp into the election already handicapped and that will be a disaster.

The power struggle pitting Mudzuri against Chamisa can only serve to sink the party, which could have benefited from the support of the other parties that are part of the grand coalition.

The MDC Alliance, which has pinned its hopes on Tsvangirai, could grow weary and disillusioned by the tension between his deputies. A word to Mudzuri is that he should show some wisdom.

Tsvangirai entrusted him with the party affairs, while Chamisa was given the task of alliance leader, so why is Mudzuri poking his nose into MDC Alliance issues? Mudzuri should not act as a misguided missile at the expense of the party.

In any case, when the MDC-T leadership contest is decided, it will be the party members’ choice. If Mudzuri is more popular than Chamisa, he will win, but if he’s not, with these fights, that will be the end of his political career. Now is that what he wants?

If the coalition is aware of what is good for it, then it must demand that the MDC-T resolves its internal squabbles rather than drag them to the alliance’s public fora. Mudzuri is not Tsvangirai, and should not behave as one.

17 Comments

  1. Chamisa isimbi yebasa ,Mudzuri aita mutete pakutungamirir nyika

  2. This is what happens when there is no succession plan. Morgan na Robert same same. Cling to power till its too late. Look @ the succession plan of ANC in SA. So smooth! Chamisa is handpicked. Mudzuri is more senior, same as Khupe. Everyone will claim heir if there is no succession plan in place. MDC is doomed, simple!

    1. Who says there is no plan. What these guys are doing is called democracy which in Zimbabwe we call factionalism or division. The ANC you allude to we saw bruising duels between the protagonists especially Nkosazama Zuma and Cyril Rhamaphosa, was it not the same. When MT calls it quits the once who want to lead will obviously have to compete and it will be a battle.

    2. Check the ANc again, Zuma is digging in mate. JZ has promised to go down with the ANC and so would not call that smooth succession but in Botswana yes very smooth indeed.

  3. True BaRuru. but if you look at ANC system it doesn’t follow that when you are deputy then you will take over. No ANC goes to congress to elect the next leader. Unfortunately for MDC its next congress is next year 2019. But for now its programs must move forward. The three deputies have roles to play in the party as of now. The problem with Mudzuri and Khupe is that they want to encroach into Chamisa’s area of responsibilities as well. So for as long as these two don’t respect the role of the other then paita nyaya.

  4. Frankly speaking Tsvangirai should retire, prioritize & focus on a period of health recovery, nothing in life, including politics, is worth dying for. Secondly Chamisa is definitely more popular than Mudzuri & politics is a game of numbers hence Mudzuri should just take a chill pill

  5. there is no doubt that chamisa is more popular than mudzuri hence mudzuri should behave like a mature person and let chamisa presides over mdc alliance agendas as directed by Tsvangirai.politics is a game of numbers and popularity, it is public knowledge than chamisa is more charismatic than mudzuri

  6. HONESTLY SPEAKING ,,,,,,,MUDZURI COULD BE ONE OF THE ZANU PFs THAT MUST HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED INTO OPPOSITION PARTIES TO CREATE DIVISIONS.IF CHAMISA WAS APPOINETD TO LOOK AFTER THE ALLIANCE THEN WHY DOES MUDZURI INCLUDE HIMSELF IN THE ALLIANCE ISSUES………

    BY THE WAY WHO THE HELL IS MUDZURI?….WE KNOW CHAMISA FROM WELL BACK THEN AND HE MORE PORPULAR THAN THIS SO CALLED MUDZURI.

    LIKE HIS NAME “MUZDURI” HE IS THERE TO UPROOT UNITY AND LEAVING BEHIND DIVISIONS….

    # VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE TO MUDZURI

  7. Mudzuri and Khupe are simply jealous of a dynamic, popular and charismatic young man. Shame on them both.

  8. Mr reporter you must be objective it is clear as daylight that you support Chamisa. Mr Editor do something about this biased reporting,you must be seen as been nutaral no matter what your personal views are at all times

  9. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Yes, let them fight and give chance to our new leader Cde Mnangagwa

  10. Simbarashe Simango

    Chamisa have leadership qualities and national support, Even during the days when he was sidelined by the party,Chamisa never lost focus.

  11. Chamisa stood against Mwonzora to be MDC-T Secretary General and lost. Chamisa and Mudzuri were picked by Tsvangirai to be additional VPs and the fomular used to handpick them is not known. Khupe is an elected VP but can not play that role because Tsvangirai sidelined her for unknown reasons. That’s the circus, that is called the MDC-T.

  12. Very unprofessional reporting. I personally see nothing wrong with Mudzuri expecting to address a gathering brought together by coalition partners as he is the acting principal of the MDC-T. Chamisa is merely an errand boy meant to work behind the scenes on coalition business. So are you telling me if Morgan had been at the rally he would have been asked to give a vote of thanks? I wonder how much you have been paid to soil your professional credentials in this manner, if you have any! And Morgan should take full responsibility for the mess that the MDC-T finds itself in, it looks like he wants to die with it.

  13. INDEED VERY UNPROFFESIONAL REPORTER CHAIYE KO WANGODINI KUBUDA PACHENA KUTI URI KUSUPPORTER CHAMISA WAKO BETTER KWETE KUNYORA SUCH A BLUNT PIECE OF BIASED NEWS DZAKADARO,MUDZURI IS VERY RIGHT ACTUALLY HE IS ACTING LIKE A FATHER,AS FOR CHAMISA SHOULD BEHAVE HIMSELF KWETE KUMHANYA ZVAARI KUITA IZVI ACHIFURIRWA NANA MBITI AVO VAKADZITADZA POLITICS DZEMU MDCT KARE.

  14. Just have provincial committees vote for which ever nominees they want. Ahwina otonga.

  15. Childfree Zimbo

    chamisa is the best chance of MDC alliance winning …hands down….But if it comes at the expense of a split then the alliance shud only be for President position then MP…each Party for themselves… In fact they shud support a neutral Candidate like nkosana moyo…someone who doesn’t hve a bone to pick with anyone

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