Tsvangirai’s daughter causes storm

A POLITICAL storm has erupted in Glen View South constituency, where top MDC-T officials stand accused of imposing Vimbai Java, daughter of the party’s late founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, as the opposition party’s parliamentary candidate.

BY CHARLES LAITON/OBEY MANAYITI

The move has triggered fierce resistance from party members, some of whom have petitioned MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa, accusing national secretary for elections Murisi Zvizwai and chairperson Morgen Komichi of imposing Vimbai as the constituency’s representative.

Vimbai yesterday confirmed she was the MDC-T candidate for the area, but denied allegations that she was imposed on the constituency.

“I am the candidate for the MDC-T Alliance and I was never imposed,” she said.

Asked on how she was selected she simply said: “I was never imposed”.

But disgruntled party members warned that the MDC-T might lose the seat to Zanu PF if Vimbai remained the party candidate.

“Glen View is under Zanu PF, which has been trying its best to market itself in order to retain the constituency. Imposition of candidate warrants voter apathy and disadvantages the party,” a letter addressed to Chamisa read.

“As the leadership of Glen View South district, we felt that you are not doing justice to both the constituency and ward 32, which are under T Madzokere.

“Please be advised that (and) we quote, the electorate in general is disgruntled, the structures are also aggrieved by the injustices which you have exhibited in Glen View South constituency and ward 32.

“We want a democratic process of inclusive primary elections, where a popular candidate must win. As Glen View South district leadership, we humbly urge you to consider our grievances before it is too late.”


An aspiring candidate, who refused to be named, said imposing Tsvangirai’s daughter would be undemocratic.

MDC-T members in Glen View South district also turned down the party’s request to conduct a consensus-building exercise to resolve the candidate selection impasse, saying they can only do so if the party addresses their concerns first.

10 Comments

  1. Who told you Vimbai was imposed? Obviously this Trevor Ncube funded paper is showing their bias towards ED. Shame

  2. the only storm i see is in a tea cup.Let Tsvangirai’s daughter also benefit from her fathers’ legacy.it is just one constituency !If i was registered in that constituency i would have been voting for her with a big smile.

    1. So the only qualification for her is the fact that she is Tsvangirai’s daughter and you will vote her for that? She doe not need any experience in anything – just being Tsvangirai’s daughter is enough. Surely we get the leadership we deserve.

  3. Welcome to a world where anything negative about Saint Chamisa and his party are blamed on ED!

  4. there is always negative news from mdc-t , y not reporting the good things that they do , what is wrong with Vimbai contesting ngapinde ka toona zvodiwa navanhu musarudzo

  5. MDC imposes candidates under the guise of consensus. all democratic processes are being set aside, first they refused to elect their leader thru congress, hiding behind the National Council. Now they are refusing to have primary elections so as to impose candidates. Chamisa will again impose party spokesperson, national chairman, organizing secretary, deputy president because vaivepo vakaona kuti there is no ore democracy in MDC

  6. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Bva, anogaramo muGV. Anogara panhamba ani, GV ipi? Kana asingagaremo akauya seyi? Baba vake vanemba muGV? Kana iye, anembako GV? Musaramba zvinhu zviripachena. Vanhu avamuzive, ngaande Buhera kana kumadale kwaanogara, musamanikidze vanhu. Itayi zveHurumende yevanhu, uye inosarudzwa nevanhu. Kwete kusarudzira vanhu. Vatungamiriri vezvematongerwo enyika vazhinji mheno kuti makaita seyi.

  7. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Bva, anogaramo muGV. Anogara panhamba ani, GV ipi? Kana asingagaremo akauya seyi? Baba vake vanemba muGV? Kana iye, anembako GV? Musaramba zvinhu zviripachena. Vanhu avamuzive, ngaande Buhera kana kumadale kwaanogara, musamanikidze vanhu. Itayi zveHurumende yevanhu, uye inosarudzwa nevanhu. Kwete kusarudzira vanhu. Vatungamiriri vezvematongerwo enyika vazhinji mheno kuti makaita seyi.

  8. The daughter does not even know how she was selected.
    We should not get used to this system of imposing candidates, it’s a recipe for a disaster.

  9. i will rather vote for a zanu pf candidate wandinoziva that to vote for someone who daznt even noe what problems am i facing,glen view south choz Hakata to represent then since he has been with us all this tym,pushing Hakata aside Mdc will not win in glen view coz ndiye akudiwa nevanhu

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