Tsvangirai labels rivals ‘opportunists’

via Tsvangirai labels rivals ‘opportunists’ seeking own enrichment –  NEWSDAY 10 june 2014 By Moses Matenga

June 10, 2014 in National, News, Politics

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has described MPs who broke ranks with his party to join the leadership renewal team led by “expelled” secretary-general Tendai Biti as “opportunists” seeking personal enrichment at the expense of democratic principles.

Addressing mourners at the burial of Japhet Karemba, the party’s Mashonaland West provincial chairperson in Zvimba on Sunday, Tsvangirai said some MDC-T “martyrs”, the likes of Karemba, did not fight the democratic struggle for money or positions, but stood for what they believed in.

“I hear some MPs who say they want to join the renewal team. Some of them got to where they are, including being able to sleep in hotels, because of the MDC. They are kicking themselves in disbelief now because of the MDC,” Tsvangirai said.

“Some are opportunists who want money. Young people who look only at the monetary aspect are sacrificing their future. Until we achieve democracy, we will not tire.”

Tsvangirai loyalists accused the Biti faction of being used by some elements for monetary gains at the expense of the struggle.

Ten legislators have so far ditched Tsvangirai accusing him of clinging to power and contravening the party’s guiding principles.

These are Biti, Solomon Madzore (Dzivaresekwa), Paul Madzore (Glen View South), Moses Manyengavana (Highfield West),Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (Lobengula), Bekithemba Nyathi (Pelandaba Mpopoma), Evelyn Masaiti (Proportional Representation), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Reggie Moyo (Luveve) and Watchy Sibanda (Senator, Matabeleland South).


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    Chirutanga 8 years ago

    A bunch of power hungry MPs.Let them go.

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    The reality is,you have overstayed loosing Tswangison.How can you claim to be representing democratic principles when you have presided on a loosing party over three consecutive terms.Imagine if you win the next congress,it will be four.Let’s say you win 2018 elections again,add two terms it goes and goes.The Biti group might be selling-out but chances are that 50-50 people are now devided over you as well by principle especially on the issue of democratic qualities after exceeding more than two terms on a democratic platform.

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    JOHNSON 8 years ago

    iwe uchinyanya mhani kungobvisa trouser. Vhara Zip mhani. Nyaya dzako dzinoratidza selfishness. Dzevakadzi dzinoratidza kuti hapana baba apa. I am begining to think Tsvangs also needsds to rest as party elder and let new blood take over. It not very strategic, but his conduct shows utter lack of discretion. Haasi iye akatanga kuita small house pasi pano. Haaaa mani tamba wakachenjera segudo guru. Manje party yaparara iyi. Reagi timboona kuti Advocate Biti vakananga kupi. Kana kuchiita chekumirira hapana. Makanyadzisa vakuru ve MDC T. Briand James na Bennet vakanga vatoona. To save the party Tsvangirai can resign and jopin the elders if the party comes first in hi heart. Times have changed and he has made them worse by indiscretions which cost him his seat. He can’t defend himself by saying so and so also did it. Do two wrongs make a right? I am beginning to think more clearly, Biti has a right to think as he he has done. It’s defensible from a moral and tactical viewpoint.

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    nyoni 8 years ago

    Morgan has tasted power and likes it. Lets say he is serious to oust Zanu . What steps is he doing right now to ensure this is to happen. Whats the plan etc. I can see Zanu winning again if these mdalas continue fighting each other.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    more importantly is Chimisa serious about challenging zanu??