Source: Tsvangirai deserves better – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 19, 2018
The late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai does not deserve the drama that is playing out in his family and his party following his death last week.
The biggest question has been over his succession in the party, with his three deputies all seemingly at loggerheads and each attacking the other.
This is unnecessary and uncalled for, as it is tantamount to desecrating his legacy.
What the MDC-T need to do now is smoke the peace pipe, bury their leader first and then seek to address the succession question.
It is embarrassing that the party leaders are already fighting for control of MDC-T when they are supposed to be mourning their deceased leader.
They need to get their act together for the survival of the party and honouring the legacy of their departed leader.
Yes, the party needs someone to take decisive leadership following Tsvangirai’s death, but this can be done in a more civilised manner without name calling and mudslinging.
The nation is unanimous that Tsvangirai was a hero, but the happenings in MDC-T are sullying his reputation and image.
It is clear that there are deep-seated leadership issues in MDC-T, but now is not the right time to resolve them.
What the leaders of the party ought to do is put on a united front for the public, give Tsvangirai a dignified send-off and then they can go back to trying to solve their differences in an amicable manner.
The very survival of MDC-T depends on how they navigate through this period and if they fail, that would be the end of the party and Tsvangirai’s legacy.
If they cannot put their differences aside for just a few days, then they should agree on a very amicable separation, instead of this tragi-comedy that is playing out in the public gallery.
MDC-T deputy presidents, Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri ought to see the bigger picture and realise that there is a party and a country that needs leadership, that they cannot all be presidents of their organisation and more importantly, that life needs to go on after Tsvangirai’s death.
This public fighting is uncalled for and Tsvangirai certainly deserves better than this.