MDC-T violence: Let’s call a spade a spade

What was supposed to be a crowning moment — the burial of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai this week — was reduced to a shameful saga.

By CONWAY TUTANI

The funeral was supposed to be a solemn, but joyous and celebrative occasion. People were supposed to put their rivalries aside for the day and resume their fights the next day. There was no better time to have a ceasefire.

But, no, they intensified their fights, making Tsvangirai’s final send-off most raucous, riotous and undignified. Those ugly scenes — thanks to the chaos and disorganisation in the MDC-T —- will be the lasting memories of Tsvangirai’s death and burial as this overshadowed all else. I did not feel proud to be Zimbabwean, as all this mayhem followed Tsvangirai right into his grave. What dishonour! What desecration! What sacrilege! What profanity!
There is no doubt that Nelson Chamisa is popular, but then so was Adolf Hitler. But Hitler exploited and abused that support though his militia, the Hitler Youth, to end up being all-powerful bullying the nation, destroying State institutions and plunging the world into a war that directly killed over 20 million people. From the 1920s onwards, Hitler’s Nazi Party targeted German youth as a special audience for its propaganda messages. These messages emphasised that the party was a movement of youth: dynamic, resilient, forward-looking, and hopeful. Millions of young people were won over — as young people here are being won over. The MDC-T is now being similarly rebranded as a party of youth. Some of these youths are highly vulnerable to manipulation because they are so impressionable. That’s where the dangers lies with the goings-on in the MDC-T. We saw the same in Zanu PF pre-November 2017, when youth were used to bully people out of the party as is currently happening in the MDC-T.

These characters even vented their misplaced anger at Tsvangirai’s 90-something-old mother for not being in the camp of their idol, Chamisa. One idiot even juxtaposed a picture of Tsvangirai’s mother with that of a chimpanzee saying they look alike. They did not do their cause any good.

No one stopped these hooligans soon enough maybe because there has been youthful over-enthusiasm from the very top of the MDC-T as seen in their indecent haste to occupy the MDC-T headquarters. As soon as they did that, it became guaranteed that the end of it all would be nasty, as we saw from the ugly scenes when a maniacal and deranged mob tried to burn down the village hut in which MDC-T deputy president, Thokozani Khupe had taken shelter. These are the real political idiots, not the reference to President Emmerson Mnangagwa supporters as “EDiots”.

Some of these political idiots even referred to Khupe as a “Ndebele dissident” when their own party has been vociferously criticising the Zanu PF government for skirting full disclosure and reparation for the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres when thousands of civilians were killed in a military operation against what proved to be only a handful of armed dissidents.

Wrote Desire Moyoxide on Facebook: “If the phrase ’Ndebele dissident’ is in the minds of the MDC-T pilgrims, then it’s time Matabeleland found an alternative before dawn.”

This was my response to Desire Moyoxide: “I have said before that the opposition will lose votes because of their hateful hooligans. So I perfectly understand where you are coming from Desire Moyoxide. Calling Khupe a ‘Ndebele dissident’ has the potential of alienating a whole region against whoever is associated with thugs who do that. I am ashamed to be Zimbabwean.”

I could not help, but agree with self-exiled Jonathan Moyo’s tweet: “Sad that violence by supporters of @nelsonchamisa was visited upon MDC-T vice-president #DrThokozaniKhupe & MDC-T Mat North women’s quota MP #LwaziSibanda at #MorganTsvangirai’s burial in#Buhera today. The violence is an ugly example of the new #ChinhuChedu#EntitlementMantra!” Precisely.

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how level-headed you remain in the midst of your frustrations,” if I may paraphrase American businessman, poet and humanitarian Samuel Ullman (1840-1924).


Sadly, we did not see any political maturity coming from the Chamisa camp. All we saw was youthful over-enthusiasm and over-exuberance. It was ugly to behold. They even booed government representative Oppah Muchinguri as she was speaking. It is beyond these political idiots that such solemn occasions can be used for rapprochment; such occasions can be taken advantage of to re-establish cordial working relations.

And if those who attacked Khupe are really that brave, why didn’t they give Muchinguri the same treatment? They did not because they are basically cowards, who go for soft and easy targets. If anything, their anger — senseless as it was — should have been reserved for Muchinguri. That is what political logic says, but these hooligans’ guiding principle is irrationality. In the same breath, Muchinguri should be commended for standing her ground.

Shocked by the turn of events, the United States embassy stepped in with this hard-hitting statement: “The US government strongly condemns the violence that occurred today at the funeral for Morgan Tsvangirai. He stood in opposition of such violence and there exists no place for these types of actions today in Zimbabwe, as the country moves forward.”

The cowards, who attacked Khupe, have not responded by trying to burn the US embassy with the staff inside. And these cowards won’t label the US embassy as pro-Zanu PF for pointing fingers at them. They did not hit back at the US, but label people like poor Tutani as being in the service of Zanu PF for pointing out exactly the same. It may be because the Tutanis of this world cannot dangle $15 billion before the MDC-T like — as Chamisa has claimed, but refuted by the US ambassador — the American government has done. Last time I checked, taking well criticism from the West and rejecting that very same criticism from one of your own was reflective of a colonial mentality — that internalised attitude of ethnic or cultural inferiority felt by a people as a result of colonisation. Well, it appears that the MDC-T has an above normal number of leaders and supporters with a colonial mentality.

I am not a prophet, but last week, when I saw where all this was leading to, I wrote: “Now infighting has arisen in the MDC-T with . . . party youth assaulting Khupe in Bulawayo last year and barring (MDC-T co-deputy president Elias) Mudzuri from entering the party headquarters this week. Besides that these misguided and brainless yobos will alienate and drive away voters, the last thing the nation needs are youths with a militia mentality, as this will have nationwide ramifications.” I will not be boasting if I say: “I told you so.”

Those of whatever political hue and colour — MDC-T included — propagating and perpetrating violence must be exposed, condemned and stopped — forthwith and without fear or favour.

It is time to call a spade a spade.

lConway Nkumbuzo Tutani is a Harare-based columnist. Email: nkumbuzo@gmail.com

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44 Comments

  1. so where does Chamisa fit in ,??? those are over enthusiastic youths who want change in their party from old guard to new guard led by chamisa and they were registering their discontent to khupe and allies..where was khupe all along ,that when Tsvangirai is no more she come back to claim acting president,,bla bla..U reap what u sow ,chamisa is the only one working hard and deserves the position,..

    1. Ticharwa wekwa Ziki

      Arthur and Johnso my dear friends…Over a long time I have followed your articles with great passion BUT your article “Lets Call A Spade A Spade” pushed me to make this rare response. First you sound conclusive that Chamisa was to blame. Second you even propose that Ndebeles find an alternative ” That is very wrong Arthur Tutani. It is dangerous to make a tribal insinuation Remember the Hutu versus Tutsi scenario which was insiuated and fuelled by such articles as yours. Let us not devide people on racial lines that narrative has consequences. It is not true that Chamisa ordered Khupe’s alleged fracas at the funeral. Your analysis has a tribal undertone…and you missed a bigger picture. Khupe had abandoned the President since September 2017 when she even blocked MT’mobile phone. Thats why MT then appointed two deputies because KHUPE had gone AWOL so to say.She only surfaced when the presidednt had passed on and that provoked the fracas.No one supports violence. Please leave tribal undertones in your reporting. Ndebeles and Shonas we all love one another.Chamisa is destined for bigger things things like him or not.May God protect him.

  2. where is the evidence that those youths are mdc and,belongs to chamisa camp,

    1. Comment…the evidence lies inmthe fact that they chanted “Chamisa” all the way to the hut. they were also clad in MDC regalia.

  3. And all this right in front of guests from all across the globe.
    Munotinyadzisa panevaenzi.Chamisa, be careful young man, don’t be another Mugabe!!
    Remember Zimbabweans have changed for good, they will not tolerate any more dictatoship, ZANUPF or otherwise!! I am an MDC supporter who supported Chamisa but am very disappointed with the direction he seems to be taking!

    1. Zimbabweans just tolerated a coup. Its absurd to say we changed, when we kept quiet when the army wrestled power for their own benefit. Not that RG was an angel but to opt for junta rule is step back for democratic rule. The army will never relinquish power even via elections. They believe we owe them country leadership.

    2. True, this shows how immature this guy is, (40 years ) old, i guess thats why America and Britain’s constitutions regard this end as not appropriate for presidential nomination, its high time we start to think like Third World Countries, handiti we wants Jobs, Education and good Life.

  4. Events in the MDC after the GNU continue to disappoint, including most recently the creation of three Vice-presidents, the failure to handle succession in the face of a terminal illness and now the (almost predicable) subsequent public fighting over that succession. May MT’s passing eventually lead to unity, not further division. As for the current wave of Chamisa popularity, one can only pose a reminder; that all that glitters is not always gold. After Mugabe, we should the best placed nation not to be easily seduced by words and promises or charisma. Let us look to track history and actions as well as, if not more than words and appearances (be it in Zanu-PF or the MDC).

  5. Tutani Imbwa yeZanu PF

    Tikukuzivai anaTutani. Basa rekushandiswa.How do you know if they were ZANU-PF hooligans sponsored kuti vakonzerese noise yoita seyakonzerwa neMDC-T youths. Enda unofa.

    1. From your language, you are typical MDC-T hooligan.

    2. Doing your head in?
      Well, spare a thought for the judge that finally gets to resolve this mess.
      The winner is MDC-T, the loser is, eeeh, MDC-T!
      Whichever side wins will temporarily forget that the judge is a “ZANU PF appointee” (their usual line), while the losing side will somehow find the ‘sinister hand’ of Zanu-PF and the CIO in this fiasco.

  6. that’s a strong warning to all our young people I hope you taking notes down Chamisa and company this part is an inclusive house so do not divide it also if Khupe or Mudzuri are not fit let people make their choice don’t bring a wrong culture to our youth Tsvangirai has always advocated for peace and love so lets follow his dreams , be ashamed of wrong doings please. Chinjai maitiro

  7. this young man is a thug, he is overzealous, power hungry. enemy of the law yet he is lawyer i doubt his law degree. you cant ready the constitution of your party you invade it like Mnangangwa taking power from Mugabe his boss saying this was not cool we are removing thiefs surrounding the president. Chamisa is saying he is feeling the vacuum in the cockpit .what a holly wood style move of taking power without following the constitutiton of your party. the youth that support this young man have the DNA of violence and stupidity of not reading between the lines. Shame MdC yaenda naTsvangirayi watch the events unfolding now you will agree with me

  8. One has to be really dumb to believe that the violence at Tsvangirai’s funeral was caused by Zanupf. Matabeleland should never be fooled into believing that Mdct/c cares about its people. Big Josh was aware that the best deal comes from being integrated into the rest of the country. He laid the foundation for that with the Unity Accord. Each one of the country’s provinces is nothing without the rest of the country. The bitter truth is that the Mdc tent is a taterered and torn little structure that will never withstand the challenges of nation building.

  9. Why as my comment deleted?
    Events in the MDC after the GNU continue to disappoint, including most recently the creation of three Vice-presidents, the failure to handle succession in the face of a terminal illness and now the (almost predicable) subsequent public fighting over that succession. May MT’s passing eventually lead to unity, not further division. As for the current wave of Chamisa popularity, one can only pose a reminder; that all that glitters is not always gold. After Mugabe, we should the best placed nation not to be easily seduced by words and promises or charisma. Let us look to track history and actions as well as, if not more than words and appearances (be it in Zanu-PF or the MDC).

  10. Tsvangirai went an angry man for sure. kare munhu aibuda mubvuri kana paine zvaafa akatsamwira. pake pakabuda kutaura taura. He was apeace loving man but hey wanomuteera wacho ummmmmmm. Pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuuuuuu

  11. It can’t be said better than this

  12. MaDube,’Big Josh was aware that the best deal comes from being integrated into the rest of the country. He laid the foundation for that with the Unity Accord’ was none of this.He entered into that agreement after a thorough beating, dai asina kubva maybe as we speak now mandevere angadai akapera.

    1. Thorough beating exterminating civilians whilst failing to deal with less than a hundred armed “dissidents”??????you tshonas are a disgrace to humanity .

  13. Well placed Mdara Tuts! These MDC youths are zealots who cannot see the dangers of what they are doing. As for Chamisa, l have since lost the respect that l had for him and it translates into votes too. How can a lawyer deliberately trash his party’s constitution like that? It is for obvious reasons – which translates into a power grab. If that is the case, he is not different from the army who grabbed power and claimed they were saving the nation from RGM criminals. From the looks of things, the young man Chamisa is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a dictator in the making and Zimbabweans be warned who you put in power. Your reference to Hitler is point on because this akin to what Chamisa is doing. And to think Biti, Ncube and company are silent and complicit in all this? They want to worm their way back into the MDC through using Chamisa? I could go on and on but l rest my case. Zimbabbweans, forewarned is forearmed!

  14. NDEZVENYU IZVO CHAMISA WOTOMIRA WAKASIMBA UNODIWA NEVANHU UYE HAUSIWE WAKAROVA VANHU THOSE PPLE VAKATANGA KUNETSA MORGEN ACHIRIPO MAKANGANWA HERE KHUPE AKAMBODA KUBUDA KARE AKAROHWA FUTI TSVANGIRAI ACHIRIPO SHE IS POWER HUNGRY ASIRI POPULAR THATS WHY AISADA ALLIANCE COZ SHE KNOWS KUTI YAKE POSITION WAS THREATENED

  15. Chamisa has called for serious investigations into what happened in Buhera. There could be a third force which wants to tarnish the MDC and kill its Matebeleland Vote.They could be smilling now for a job well done. Khuphe too could have planned it with Mwonzora to a gain sympathy as is happening now.Why were they beaten in Buhera and not Harare?Where was MDC internal security?All these need to be looked at.I smell a rat here pleaseeee.

    1. Zvepikowo kuda kuvhara uku, i thought Zimbabweans are intelligent and sharp, but was mistaken

  16. CHAMISA USED WAT Z CALLED POLITICAL SHREWDNESS ASK TEKERE,NDABANINGI SITHOLE, NKOMO AND ALSO TSVANGIRAI WHY MUGABE RULED FOR 37 YEARS, THAT SHREWDNESS Z REQUIRED IN DA POLITICAL ART OF PLAYING DA GAME, WISE CHAMISA HE Z UNSTOPPABLE NOW, ASANTE SANA TO ME AND MUDZURI

  17. We have long warned that we are all mortal and should thus practise politics that will outlive us. Now the future of the greatest opposition party hangs on the balance due to poor succession roadmap. Nonetheless, we are not political orphans to reverse the initial vision of the founders of the MDC-T to satisfy the egoes of self seeking leaders.

  18. Chamisa is the Zuva petroleum lawyer. A labour based party leader who threw away the founding ideals of the party yet he says he is a founder. RALLY politics donot win elections, neither to mob inspired tribalism. iT ONLY alinenates voters. He may win the battle but not the war, the collateral damage is mdc and opposition politics.

  19. It is significant to take note of the US Ambassadors Statement. He is clearly instructing his party to STOP IT. !! On a more serious note I think the US has decided to dump the MDC and work with a refomed ZANU PF… No funds for the MDC.!! Also interesting to note that the MDC is petrified at the scolding by the US Ambabssador and they know that their boss is fed up. Your’e fired MDC.!!!

  20. Mafirakureva weDiaspora

    MDC- T now MCD-C as a part has never accepted wrongdoing its always someone else not their own, if it was ZANU PF youths at the MDC-C funeral we could be talking of deaths. They have to be responsible of their actions Tutani is pointing at the wrongs the MDC-C are doing but they deny that, these fools never learn. Khupe ari kuti ngatitevedzere constitution Chamisa haadi izvozvo. Zivai kuti what goes around comes around zvichamuwanawo. Mujuru akatandaniswa naana ED na RG, Ed akazodzingwawo saizvozvo.

  21. Poor Mr Conway Tutani……have to all angles …the sin that caused the chaos by Mr Chamisa is declaring himself the Acting President rather that taking the actual route through the Constitutional Procedural…and Mr Chamisa hailed the derogatory word towards Miss Thokozani Khuphe boasting saying that she even go to Jupiter or Mars nothing will change in Leading the MDC-T Party…Mr Conway Tutani open your mind clearly….those hooligans were Mr Chamisa (Ben-10) followers….they Chanted clearly his Slogans after their had been BOASTED….I am sure those violent Hooligan were Chamisa’s….MR CONWAY TUTANI ….Be Political clear,do not take sides….

    1. SILUNGISANI NDLOVU, read again to understand what Tutani has written and you will see that he has in no way sided with Chamisa against Khupe.

  22. Poor Mr Conway Tutani……have a look to all angles …the sin that caused the chaos by Mr Chamisa is declaring himself the Acting President of the MDC-T Party…Mr Chamisa is wrong… rather than taking the right route through the Constitutional Procedural…and Mr Chamisa hailed the derogatory words when addressing the MDC-T who came mourn their departed Leader towards Miss Thokozani Khuphe boasting saying that she even go to Jupiter or Mars nothing will change in Leading the MDC-T Party…Mr Conway Tutani open your mind clearly….those hooligans were Mr Chamisa (Ben-10) followers….they Chanted clearly his Slogans after their Leader had been BOASTED….I am sure those violent Hooligan were Chamisa’s followers….MR CONWAY TUTANI ….Be Political clear,do not take sides….

  23. When ED was asked about violence he aptly replied “its not like when people want to be violent they apply, they just do it” Violence happened and was stopped that is why Khupe managed to sit in the tent, who knew the youths would be violent, please stop this Chamisa harassment he never led these youths neither did they apply to be violent they just became violent.

  24. Morgan is responsible for the violence that happened at his burial. This sounds odd but it is true. Morgan is the one who appointed 3 deputies. Why did he do that? That was a recipe for mayhem. The blame for the violence lies squarely on the deceased, Morgan, cruel is it might sound. He was no different to deposed fool Mugabe who also did not appoint a successor. Morgan could/should have said so-and-so will act as President when I am ill but in the event I die then a Congress will decide on the future leader. This would have put the party on a steady trajectory.
    Nelson is just like a young Robert Mugabe in the 1960s. In the 1960s thugs were fighting in the name of Nkomo or Sithole having been incited to do so by Mugabe. Overzealous and full of “I-know”. A loose cannon
    I see wearing wedding rings by black politicians is the latest craze in Zimbabwe.

    1. Musona, you have laid it on the plate.That’s the looming danger which needs to be averted.

  25. Munhu anoteverwa nebasa ake. Lest we forget, it was Tsvangirai at some point who threatened Mugabe thus, ‘…if you refuse to go now we are going to remove you “violently”‘. Mugabe retorted with the same tone thus, ‘… we have degrees in violence’ to which Chihuri also said ‘dont ever think that tear gas is perfume’. This violence talk will continue to manifest itself until we all responsibly renounce it and pledge never to resort to it.

  26. long time we didnt know the word JAMBANJA until mdc came into picture.if e i tsngs had happened in the night vainzwa voti zanu pf ndiyo yakonzera.its better all things happened in the eyes of their sponsors

  27. Tsvangirai was not a peaceful man, far from it, he brought instability to Zimbabwe both economically (sanctions) and otherwise. For Christs sake the man helped oust a man from power which could have been deemed unconstitutional in certain circumstances. ED and Mugabe were having their tiff/fight and Morgan brought himself forward to be a vessel, what if the world or AU had viewed it as a coup would that not put Morgan in trouble, yes it would. But he chose to be a willing participant with no former knowledge of the goings on within the clique of the military, ED and Mugabe. So unlike the rest of them, he was most culpable because he was not in on the agenda and his sins followed him to the grave, judgement has been served period.

  28. Tsvangirai is not a peaceful man, because he also helped polarise and divide Zimbabwe, by race ethnicity, language, age, city, town, district, township, diaspora country and possibly even gender who knows. Even down to his own deputies, he managed to cause divisions between them that they are fighting like cats and dogs. Everywhere he went there was division, take a look at UK, US and EU stance on sanctions, EU has lifted some sanctions on Zimbabwe, while US has gone deeper on sanctioning the country. He was involved in dividing the country, and the sooner MDC gullible supporters acknowledge these amoral attributes, the better for the unity of Zimbabwe.

  29. Movement for Demonic Chamy

  30. Comment…Political arguments aside,”kugara nhaka”before your father is laid to rest is taboo.
    On the issue of violence,Chamisa cut his political teeth in the MDC and was mentored by non other than the late leader of that party, Morgan TswangirayiMHRIP.
    He is nerely putting into practice what he has learnt through the years.

  31. amother dictator in the making in chamisa

  32. Pwere ipwere.Inongoita zveupwere.

  33. He is like Grace Mugabe this Chamisa.Some people who commented above are thick headed.They say those thugs were zpf.That’s foolish.Those are well known Mdc t youths.Go to Harvest house and see those manning the entrance.They are thugs and are always intoxicated.

  34. Comment…chamisa simudza mureza usadzokeshure mazanu imbwa dzevanhu

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