Tsvangirai anoints Chamisa

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday swiftly moved to appoint his deputy, Nelson Chamisa, as acting party president, in a move that could be interpreted to spite the other two deputies, Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe, who allegedly sneaked out for coalition talks in South Africa without his blessings.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Tsvangirai, in a statement by his spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said: “President Morgan Tsvangirai has, with effect from today affirmed vice-president Nelson Chamisa as the acting president of the party by operation of the constitution until the president’s return.

“This is in light of the president’s absence and that of the two other vice-presidents, who are both in South Africa. VP Chamisa also continues in his assigned duties as the acting chairperson of the MDC Alliance.”

This came amid reports that Khupe, Mudzuri and MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora had not been cleared by Tsvangirai to join some opposition parties, including Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party and a Zanu PF breakaway faction’s newly-formed New Patriotic Front, for a fresh round of coalition talks in Cape Town.

The talks were reportedly organised by former Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, ex-Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and former Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao to form a broad coalition to challenge Zanu PF presidential candidate President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

MDC-T deputy chairperson, Morgen Komichi confirmed suggestions that the trio — Khupe, Mudzuri and Mwonzora — could have scored own goals and might face censure on their return.

The talks, couched as a coalition-building workshop, were reportedly funded by international civil society groups, whose mission was to force the opposition parties to rally behind Mujuru’s presidential candidacy.

On Monday, MDC-T leaders were reportedly involved in a series of meetings with other top leaders trying to dissuade the group from travelling to South Africa to attend meetings organised by the same organisations that were previously snubbed by Tsvangirai.

MDC-T sources also claimed that prior to their departure, Mudzuri, Khupe, Mwonzora and their allies secretly met at a top Harare hotel and resolved to organise countrywide anti-coalition rallies to counter programmes run by the MDC Alliance to deflate Chamisa’s leadership ambitions.

According to the sources in South Africa, the negotiations were likely going to push for Mujuru’s candidature on the basis of Tsvangirai’s ill health and succession fights in the main opposition MDC-T.


“What made people suspicious is the involvement of the former G40 kingpins. Kasukuwere was personally calling some leaders and he was openly pushing for Mujuru’s candidature. This made many uncomfortable and, as a result, the MDC Alliance discouraged its members from attending,” the source said.

Komichi told NewsDay that the top party members in South Africa were there in their personal capacities and not representing MDC-T.

“They were not sent by the party to go there. They are going there in their individual capacities. They were invited as individuals and they are going to participate in an academic discussion which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa,” he said.

“The party, MDC-T, was not invited because had the party been invited, we follow a clear procedure that the leadership meets as the standing committee and then the national executive committee and the national council, where it (invitation) will be adopted. After that, a delegation is sent to go and represent the party, but that was not done.

“Whatever is discussed there is not going to be binding to the MDC-T. As a party, we abide by the constitution and we follow resolutions of the national council.”

Komichi, however, said those that were refusing to embrace the MDC Alliance should be persuaded to do so and given time and not to be chastised.

The MDC-T war was mainly triggered by the formation of the MDC Alliance, which other top officials described as a plot to revive deadwood that, at one point, caused problems in the main opposition party.

“As head of mobilising and organising, I don’t want to believe that there are people who are anti (alliance). I want to believe that they are yet to understand the value and importance of the alliance. It is my responsibility to make those people understand the concept of the alliance by engaging them and dialoguing with them,” Komichi said, adding engagements were already in place.

The party’s youth assembly also took a swipe at Khupe, Mudzuri and Mwonzora, describing them as elements bent on derailing the alliance.
MDC-T youth leader, Happymore Chidziva, in a statement, said: “The national youth assembly takes great exception at the recent conduct of the party’s two vice-presidents, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri, together with the party’s secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora. It is our understanding that the trio are currently in Cape Town, South Africa, attending a coalition-building workshop.

“Their participation at such a forum directly violates a national council resolution, which exclusively mandated the president to deal with such issues. The president is on public record to have turned down a similar invitation to attend a similar workshop conducted by the same facilitators. The action by the trio shows great disrespect, not only for the national council resolution, but also shows disdain for the party president, who, in accordance with the national council decision, had refused to associate with such exercises conducted by non-Zimbabweans and abroad.”

The Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party also appears to have warmed up to Chamisa’s candidature, with party secretary-general, Settlement Chikwinya saying they were ready to work with the MDC-T deputy leader even up to the date when the Nomination Court sits to accept presidential candidates for this year’s election.

“We categorically state that we support his [Tsvangirai’s] decision to appoint Nelson Chamisa to represent him as the acting leader of the alliance, even if it means acting up to the time of the Nomination Court and beyond unless advised otherwise by Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai,” Chikwinya said.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu yesterday refused to comment, referring questions to Mudzuri.

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33 Comments

  1. Comment…Yesterday, it was reported that Tsvangirai is critically ill and yet he is still some critical decsions affecting the party, maybe the newsday plays around with words to boost its sales. Its unethical.

  2. tsvangirai could be heading for an iglorimous exit , he should simply step down and leave MDC T to chose his successor.what does the MDC T constitution say… its very clear that Khupe the only elected VP is his successor. If Chamisa wants to be the president then he must contest for presidence at their next congress. if he is popular then he will simply win. it seems Chamisa has no support within the MDC T top hierachy and if succeeds Tsvangirai “uncostitutionally” i can fosee bhora musango

    1. ndazvishaya wo ini

      THE CONSTITUTION SAYS TSVANGIRAI HAS POWER TO APPOINT A SUCCESSER. IF HE IS TO RESIGN NOW CHAMISA WILL RUN THE MDC UNTIL CONGRESS

      1. read again the constitution … MT has executive powers which he can (or not) exercise to appoint a successor. but the constitution clearly says the elected VP in the event of resignation or death takes over for a period of not less than 1 year and the party goes for an elective congress.

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  4. takangomirira kut ma election asvike then we will see kut tichavhota sei

  5. Ini ndatosarudza wangu #EDHASMYVOTE

  6. Comment…#EDHASMYVOTE

    1. #ED has my vote

  7. chematsenganzungu

    More and more fights chabuda hapana…mdc yapera basa.lsu veNgwena toita party…dzawira mutswanda.mudzimu waro bonga kuwana huku dzichirwa.wozonzwa zvonzi rigging pakadai apo…kunenge kuri kupenga chaiko….

  8. The path of the visionary is what we follow. If you have other visions other than the visionary’s vision….. YOU ARE CAUSING DIVISIONS. The appointment of Mudzuri and Chamisa are constitutional as MT exercised his power as enshrined in the MDC-T constitution. Alliance is a moving elephant you cant stop it, its a done deal and MT has already handled his succession plan successfully. We follow SAVE RWIZI RWUKURU…

  9. #EDHASMYVOTE

  10. SAVE RWIZI RUKURU RWAVA NE SILTATION RWAZARA JECHA.

  11. Commander Guvamatongo

    EDHASMYVOTE

  12. Yes this exactly what we want those who want to be used by people who have destroyed this country can also destroy themselves we are watching we the voters and really know who we want. it is those who are committed to the cause of everybody. How can Kasukuwere mobilize the people of zimbabwe? Save we are behind you let them spoil their reputation

  13. mamunzwa tsvangi achitaura fambai gwara rimwe.mudzuri anedzungu.maunzwa tsvangi achitaura vakomana fambai gwara rimwe dzamara tatora nyika yedu

  14. Exciting times

  15. Isu neNgwena yedu tinyerere hedu #EDhasmyVOTE2018

  16. These G40 dogs need to be finished off!

  17. We know very well that Thokozani Khupe was constitutional elected at MDC congress,but the hostile political situation in Zimbabwe does not favours women of her calibre especial with the overstay in power of Zanu pf and its rotten constitution style.Which woman can be a president in Zimbabwe today as the situation currently stand? The anointment of Chamisa by Tsvangirai is ok because Nelson Chamisa during the inclusive government performed very well in his ministry as he was highly praised by Robert Mugabe.People jealous does not work,hence MDC Cadres let us accept Chamisa’s anointment.

  18. Waiting curiously to see what form of a coup we will witness in the MDC-T, since Tsangirai is refusing to leave office.I draw parallels to Grace’s statements that Mugabe will rule even from a wheel chair. soft or hard coup?

  19. 5 MONTHS TO GO the Alliance still building,MDC-T in shambles.GOD’s plans for Zimbabwe are great when the prophets told us that Mnangagwa will be there for a season and once his divine mission is complete he will step down.I now see what God can do to achieve his mission.Confussion on the enemy’s empire.#EDHASMYVOTE.

  20. Khupe cannot effectively represent the vision of MDC T also considering that we are towards elections .Chamisa has got the qualities to be even the president of Zimbabwe .Consider his debates with ED in Parliament .The two you face each other head on come 2018 elections.It will be a disgrace for MDC supporters to rally behind a woman like Khupe as thier leader against ED .Dzimwe nharo hadzidi saizvozvo.

  21. Politics is all about who is popular.We know the history of Chamisa.When the party was formed in 1999,he was the youth Chairpeson.Some of the characters just arises when founding members left and now they feel insecure when the founding members are coming back to their roots.We are strongly behind you Mr Chamisa if you are following the vision of Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai.All along we have not been following the so called chaltans but the vision of Dr Tsvangirai.When people hold party position,they officers of the party,you dont become.The party is for members who secrifies thier goats,jobs and home for struggle for better Zimbabwe.Those not happy with Dr decision are free to join other parties where they can get big posts at the expense of our suffering

    1. Its not Tsvangirai’s vision iwe but the movements vision ,ana john come late to politics.

  22. Comment..chamisa is the ideal to new Zimbabwe, young = he is going to draw a lot of youngsters to join politics and participate in building our nation,we want chamisa cause he brought sim cards from $300 to $ for 2

  23. Lets support Chamisa.my vote goes to him.Seek and tired of thieves

  24. Sick and tired of thieves

  25. GO CHAMISA GO!!!

  26. We are behind you Chamisa

  27. I 100% support the decision of appointing Mr Chamisa.Mr Chamisa and Dr Tsvangirai understand the struggle.The other so called candidates are fighting for personal fame to be our boss.Foward with the Mr Chamisa.Iam a registered voter,you have my vote

  28. Comment.chamisa ndizvoooo.khupe Gutu na mudzuri rovai pasi..

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