MDC-T Guardian Council sucked into factional tussle - Zimbabwe Situation

MDC-T Guardian Council sucked into factional tussle

via MDC-T Guardian Council sucked into factional tussle | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo on Friday, May 23, 2014

The MDC-T’s Guardian Council chairperson Sekai Holland says she was forced to read out a statement whose contents did not reflect what the elders had resolved.

Holland delivered the statement Thursday, following a two-day meeting of the council of elders to discuss pressing issues within the party.

In the statement also posted on the party’s website, the elders distance themselves from the meeting held at Harare’s Mandel Training Centre in late April.

“The Guardians Council wishes to categorically state that it was never involved in the planning, convening, organising and conduct of the meeting that was held at Mandel and dissociates itself from all the resolutions of that meeting,” Holland said.

The group also condemned the use of violence to settle political disputes and resolved to work towards facilitating dialogue between the warring factions.

The Mandel meeting was convened by the Tendai Biti-led group which is calling for leadership renewal in the MDC-T, specifically that Tsvangirai step down.

During the meeting the renewal group resolved to suspend Tsvangirai and six other members of his inner circle, including Mwonzora and Nelson Chamisa.

In suspending Tsvangirai the group accused him and his allies of displaying “fascist” tendencies and using violence to silence dissent.

Guardian Council secretary and MDC-T MP Sam Sipepa-Nkomo chaired the Mandel meeting and also announced the nomination of Holland as interim party leader.

Nkomo did not attend the two-day Guardian Council meeting held at Courtney Hotel in Harare, allegedly after receiving a tip-off about a planned attack on him.

Jacob Mafume, the spokesman of the Biti-led renewal team, rubbished suggestions that the Guardian Council had distanced itself from Biti.

According to Mafume, Mwonzora and Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka actually wrote the statement which they then ‘forced’ Holland to read to the press.

“It was a statement written by Mwonzora who then brought a group of youths to intimidate the councillors and brought a statement which the councillors had not signed for,” Mafume said.

Holland herself confirmed to SW Radio Africa that the statement she delivered on Thursday did not reflect the views of the councillors.

“Our tradition as the Guardian Council is that after our meeting we present our resolution to the president. We did that and made a few adjustments and the office staff availed themselves and made changes which contradicted what was in our document.

“The whole meeting was unusual because we had militias milling around. Earlier I had received information that I was going to be beaten up because they wanted a particular statement,” Holland said.

She added that she felt compelled to read the statement from Mwonzora and company to protect Guardian Councillors who risked being attacked on leaving the venue on their way home.

“Today (Friday) I then put out the proper statement from the Guardian Council,” she said.

This statement acknowledges that the party is in crisis and deplores violence, but it does not mention the Mandel meeting.



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    Nzou 4 years

    Sekai Holland is not the brightest in the pack. She’s a bit of a know-all too. Every time she opens her mouth, I cringe.

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    muchadura 4 years

    Zvimbwasungata Biti and co pliz just go leave musangano wedu and form ur own party hapana akakubatai.u losers

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    Saka Tsvangirai ratove thug zve nhai, politics futi manje tichaziva kuti ari kunyepa ndiyani, iyiwo chembere inonzi Sekai Holland inyoka ine misoro miviri very dangerous.

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    itai 4 years

    There goes Chematama another dictator in waiting!

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    Gondobwe 4 years

    Sekai Holland is old and confused. She wants power without any clout at all.

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    geneoua 4 years

    Tsvangirai will never rule Zim.Daily even u be his spokesman wasting u time and money.2018 start now to groom for new party.Tsvangirai is dictator,greedy,power hungry and fraudulent

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      Why don’t you guys talk about your own party ZANU PF?
      A party thats tearing itself to shreds whilst destroying our country?

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    Kevin Watson 4 years

    What is quite apparent is that the MDC know as much about democracy as the craven criminals who make up Zanu PF. If they carry on like this the voters will abandon them and they will lose free and fair elections. It is quite clear that the decision makers in the MDC beginning with Tsvangirai and the rest of its Governing Committee and the Council of Elders are beyond useless. They were so arrogant they allowed themselves to be conned into an election without being aware of the fraud to perpetrated upon them. The whole lot should resign and new elections for leadership be conducted. Furthermore the leadership of SADC states are laughing at the MDC as are democrats across the region. All of you who have commented in this forum should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    “…..Furthermore the leadership of SADC states are laughing at the MDC as are democrats across the region.”

    Steady on, old chap.
    SADC is a bunch of no hoppers with not a single democrat amongst their midst.
    I agree that the MDC leadership were more than naive to go into the last election and participating in the GNU.
    The struggle is long one and not going to be won easily, knowing our enemy.

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    Mapingu 4 years

    From ‘Kitchen Cabinet’to ‘Mafia Crew’. Indeed; is this ‘The Change We Want’?

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    What’s the difference between a Kitchen Cabinet and a Mafia Crew?
    A Zanoid.

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    LucyTT 4 years

    People find another party to support, hapana zviripo both MDC and ZANU