Heated debate over Chamisa’s Chimanimani visit

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa reportedly defied advice from his security team and some of his party leaders who had advised him against visiting Chimanimani and Chipinge districts, which were devastated by Cyclone Idai early this week, highly-placed sources said yesterday.

The sources said following a meeting held at Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House (formerly Harvest House) on Saturday, MDC leaders were divided over Chamisa’s planned visit to Manicaland, with others expressing concern over his safety.

“There was debate on whether doing so (visit) now would take focus away from helping people because a good size of our structures will then focus on the president’s visit. Chamisa was, however, keen on that, but his technical team asked him to wait while they assess the feasibility of the visit,” the source said.

Those against Chamisa going to Manicaland had insisted on the party deploying a high-powered delegation including vice-president Morgen Komichi, party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, MPs and other leaders, while they kept their president safe in Harare.

But the source said Chamisa insisted on going, saying people both within the party and outside needed moral support as well as aid, and that his safety was secondary.

“He told his security that he was not a coward and would not hide in Harare, while people suffered, insisting that as a leader he had to be at the front,” the source said. As the MDC heads for congress in May, party insiders said if Chamisa had listened to the advice of his team his chances of retaining the presidency would have been “washed away” in the aftermath of the storm.

Against the advice of his technical team and security, Chamisa mobilised aid through other lawyers, party structures and partners before teaming up with Mwonzora, Komichi and another vice-president Elias Mudzuri to head to Manicaland province on Monday morning. Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda could neither confirm nor deny the debate surrounding Chamisa’s visit. He only said: “President Chamisa has a team that gives him advice, he is not a one man band. He, however, has the power to override advice he receives.”

Chamisa’s tour in Manicaland ignited a social media debate with some accusing him of using the disaster for political mileage and photo opportunities, while his supporters commended him for providing leadership.

Spokesperson for the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T, Linda Masarira accused Chamisa of using dead bodies to gain political mileage.

7 Comments

  1. there is no debate it was just another day out to take selfies with a mourning community which is sad

    1. What of your President? What was his day out all about?

  2. Those saying Chamisa’s visit to Chimanimani and Manicaland is political grandstanding are wrong misguided and inhumane. The effects of IDAI are a humanitarian catastrophe of a huge magnitude the people of that area especially those affected need help if the whole world could descend there even better.

  3. kushaya nyaya chaiko

  4. ahhh munhu, munhu anonetsa. Uite, anzi wazviitirei, ugare, anzi hauna hanya. Chironyi?

  5. The beautiful ones are not yet born

    The curse of Zimbabwe is that we put politics ahead of everything. Its all about power and making the other party look bad whilst you score political mileage.

    The Cyclone issue is a missed opportunity for both Mngangagwa and Chamisa. I don’t see why they did not team up and go together to Chimanimani instead of engaging in publicity stunts in the manner that they did. Im sure we would have been a better nation had they done that.

    Sadly this article is also another publicity stunt

  6. SIMBARASHE SEPE

    khupe akadii kuendawo,inga anoti anoda vanhu,ngaasatinyaudze,,.CHAMISA was 100% right by going there.Some of his advisors wanted to take advantage by making him stay and send mwonzora,then people were going to vote PRESIDENT CHAMISA out vachiti haana basa nevanhu samwonzora but VAKANYANGIRA YAINGE YAONA KARE.Thumbs up CHAMISA,YOU ARE INDEED GOD SEND/////////

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