Tsvangirai’s family wades into MDC-T leadership wrangle

THE divided family of ailing MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai waded into the leadership wrangle within the main opposition party with Elias Mudzuri yesterday claiming he had met the hospitalised opposition leader, as the acting president.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Since Wednesday, the MDC-T wrangle took several twists and turns that exposed a deep-seated leadership crisis, as Tsvangirai’s two deputies, Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa, openly fought to lead the party.

Mudzuri was “demoted” through a letter from Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka on Wednesday after he flew to South Africa for a coalition workshop with other opposition parties.

The former Energy minister, however, issued a statement he claimed came from Tsvangirai disputing the position that Chamisa had taken over. This opened a floodgate of a war of words between the two camps and meanwhile, Chamisa was executing the mandate of the acting president.

But in an interview yesterday with SABC, Tsvangirai’s family confirmed only Mudzuri met the ailing leader and no other communication was posted to anyone, contrary to a statement that was earlier issued by a rival camp.

Tsvangirai’s eldest son, Edwin, confirmed Mudzuri met his father on Thursday and yesterday.

“Yes, they did engage yesterday and today as well they did engage,” Edwin told SABC News.

The family also resolved that no one from the party could claim that they met Tsvangirai without going through Edwin.
Edwin’s wife, Diana, said a lot of misinformation was being spread about fake Tsvangirai meetings with top MDC-T officials hoodwinking structures into believing they were ordained.

“What I need to categorically state is that as a family we have limited access to dad particularly when it comes to politicians, so it’s unfortunate that there has been information that he has been talking to people, but I think collectively as a family with everyone here we can say that he has not been seen or speaking to anyone in the party,” she said.

“The only person he said he will communicate through is his son Edwin and anyone who has not spoken via him is also not stating factual information.”

Mudzuri said: “Anyone else who said he communicated with him (Tsvangirai) is lying and this is the last time we are putting an end to it after I have spoken to him.”

Asked about the source of the confusion, Mudzuri said: “I think you can read between the lines and there are different ambitions. You know when there is a corner kick, people try to find how they want to score, but the time for scoring is not yet because the corner kick is not yet taken. The president might be in hospital, but he hasn’t said he is stepping down.”

Mudzuri said Tsvangirai was still the presidential candidate for this year’s harmonised elections.

“Should he think otherwise, he will invite me again without anyone trying to send any confusing communication, then he will give me the instruction. If he doesn’t, then he has already told me on the steps that should be taken to ensure that we bring sanity and make sure that MDC-T wins the elections,” he said.

Although admitting that the leadership wangle was sending bad signal to the structures, Mudzuri said he was feeling energised that the matter had been put to rest and that any future communication would be done through him to avoid unnecessary confusion.

The former Harare mayor said MDC-T was ready for elections and they had a strategy working on the ground which would surprise their rivals, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Tsvangirai’s family said the former Prime Minister was responding well to treatment and that there was noticeable improvement in his health. They thanked the government for helping out by paying his medical bills.
Mudzuri has a tall order to pacify MDC-T structures who might react angrily to him being the acting president considering that some have already endorsed Chamisa who in turn has started meeting them, as the acting party president albeit to “reset” buttons.

Chamisa yesterday posted on his Twitter handle that he was still MDC-T acting president.

Insiders questioned Mudzuri’s claim to the acting position when he was out of the country.

Earlier, the youth assembly youth leader Happymore Chidziva warned Mudzuri to stop masquerading as the party leader, basing on Tamborinyoka’s statement.

“Mudzuri remains our vice-president, but he must not appear as if he is so much power-hungry and continue clinging to power as acting president. President Tsvangirai is the one with the powers to appoint or dis-appoint and this position is rotational,” Chidziva said.

“He must not sow confusion in the country and keep on claiming to be the acting president as if it’s a permanent position. Tsvangirai is still there and alive and he will be back to lead.

“The reason why the decision was made is that there were two centres of power now in the party and alliance and this is a corrective measure from the president through his wisdom and he communicated through his official spokesperson,” he said.

28 Comments

  1. Comment..mudzuri weyi koooo,chamisa is the next big thing,.mudzuri akangoita president yafa mdc ,,

  2. ndazvishaya wo ini

    haa mudzuri wo futi. chingosiya chamisa aite president kani. he appeals to everyone other than you n khupe. umm these power hungry war vet want to rule kusvika zvanaka. chinova chidadiso zim ikatongwa nemunhu ane 40 yrs. amana even ku opposition ukungoti ndiri war vet. cant you see kuti zanu is using you as their way to victory. ukaramba uri vp chii chinoitika. haaa ndazvishaya wo ini

  3. Edwin and Vincet must throw their hats into the ring and declare their political ambitions

  4. Tsvangirai doesn’t own the mdc, this is not a family inheritance matter, we want Chamisa full stop & Mudzuri must turn to farming

    1. Chamisa is now a renowned liar before we even digest the $15bln usa aid Lie he comes up with another one from the top drawer that he has been appointed acting VP No to this childish behaviour if it means it goes into a family business so be it and on Mudzuri Yes he is not presidential material from a to z, and question now is where to MDCT.

  5. You Mudzuri shut up we want Chamisa as our candidate,, without Chamisa or Tsvangirai on front MDC is Dead,,

  6. Chamisa does not qualify;is incapable to lead-only a power hungry maniac,with no qualification to take leadership

  7. People whole heartedly support MDC-T but the current leadership is confused. another problem was the creation of one man band. A sustainable party should be able to continue even in the absence of the founder. structures must be well defined. Supporters are now getting heart-broken. too much lies and extreme power hungry. not surprising kuti people will start killing each other. Whether you like it or not MDC-T can only stand again if they let history go and welcome a NEW Leadership. not Mudzuri, not Chamisa, Not Tsvangirai. Bring back the hope and trust. There are a lot of capable individuals in the structures who are overshadowed and looked down upon. its also advisable to introduce internal polls to vote within MDC.

  8. Asi imi vanhu veMDC imi tipei m a serious. Do u honestly think that MT achanaya ogodzoka and campaign for a serious election to be held in less than six months and WIN???? Munonyepa imi. Wake up and smell the coffee mheni. Thats why Zanu PF always boasts that ichatonga kusvika madhongi amera nyanga, why not with such kind of opposition

  9. mudzuri akangoitwa president we are voting ED,me,my family ,my girlfriend ,my friends and i will be able to influence.mdc ikutadza kuona kuti chamisa ndo ari pa heat

  10. Now it seems as if MDC is a Tsvangirai personal property.In the first place ,why did he install 2 more vice presidents?
    Aaaa ,its better to ignore this MDC thing and concentrate on legitimising Nwenya.How can a small country like Zimbabwe have so many opposition parties.Personal enrichment is what everyone wants.
    Wasting peoples votes.Lets revive Zanu Pf.

  11. Vana Edwin and company hapana pamunokwana panyaya dzemusangano wedu. You are just card holders like myself. Maybe. Dai huri humambo ndipo pamaikwana.

  12. Comment…chamisa chamisa chete kwete mudzuri chii ari mudream land hake uyu angadye ed here mdc itai serious

  13. you want to bring this confusion to the state house that why tichiti pamberi nengwena

  14. tsvangirai hapana paachauya time yake yakapera Chamisa ndiye watinoda

  15. Let them just go to elections and choose the next party leader. And what does the MDC constitution say on succession? If all else has failed, the party should use that as a last recourse

  16. Nonsense Tsvangirai u are a failure,ukudzosera mudzuri hapana anomuziya uyooooo ED now has my vote

    1. EM has my vote

  17. NGWENA, MUDZURI OR CHAM-15-A MAKARANGA TAKANGOHWINA NEKUTI NDAONA MUMWE AENDA NENYIKA. VAKOMANA ANENGE ABATAWO NYANGA NGAAONEWO VERUDZI RWEDU, handiti kaaa??????

  18. Edwin claims that communication from Tsvangirai is going through only yourself, This is proof that you are still young and out of touch of reality. Elizeberth has a special arrangement with the Hospital to see Save imi vana Edwin musipo.So Mr Edwin wake up. Chamisa is the next MDC president. There is no need to say MDC-C nekuti C iripo kudhara

  19. haaaaaaaaaaaa vana vaMorgan ngavagare pasi vanyarare. Musangano hausi personal property . Take lessons from Mugabe . nxaaaaaaaaaaah munotinyadzisa. 2018 Chamisa chete chete …. Ngwena imboitaiwo hero reZIMBABWE, kana mukadyiwa bvumaiwo .Mukahwinhawo ndizvozvo

  20. GET RID OF “MUGABE CONSTITUTION” (COMMUNIST)

  21. chokutonga chichitongwawo

    Comment…What is the noise about in the MDc? we need an able leader.One who can produce. for the betterment of all. In the MDC, Chamisa can make ends meet.He is not power. hungry but gifted.The likes of MudZuri will give Zimbabweans a problem like what Mugabe was doing for Mudzuu is power hungry and is likely a thorn for the party

    Chamisa ndiye wotopa!

  22. Comment…ko douglas uripi we need you

  23. There is too much talking about MDC T why are people and media not talking about parties not being given air place on ZBC its all about the new dispensation and Mnangagwa

  24. Mudzuri bhora pasi you defied the party procedures by attending a meeting with those people who plundered our wealthy and they are very unpopular. this shows that you are also unpopular so stop what you are doing and listen to a young gifted cadre Chamisa. He is popular and there is no doubt about it. Mudzuri, Khupe and Mwonzora if you are not happy you are welcomed to form your own party.Do not destroy our beloved party from within takakuu makai.

  25. Chamisa is the right candidate lets support him guys

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