Tsvangirai to quell ‘possible’ Bulawayo revolt

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Tsvangirai to quell ‘possible’ Bulawayo revolt 15 April 2015 by Nduduzo Tshuma

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will on Sunday visit Bulawayo to try to quell a possible revolt from members protesting the party’s decision to boycott the June 10 parliamentary by-elections.

The party’s Bulawayo provincial structures on Monday held a meeting to give members feedback on the party’s national council meeting held in Harare last Friday where the party upheld its congress resolution to boycott by-elections in 16 constituencies, 14 of them left vacant following the expulsion of 21 former MDC-T MPs from Parliament.

The other two, Hurungwe West and Headlands fell vacant after Zanu-PF expelled Temba Mliswa and Didymus Mutasa. Five of the 16 by-elections will be held in Bulawayo.

At the Bulawayo meeting members protested the party stance arguing that by opting not to take part in the polls, MDC-T which has had a stranglehold on the province since its formation in 1999, was “donating” the seats to Zanu-PF.

MDC-T swept all seats in Bulawayo in the 2013 elections.

The members also protested the attacks on MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe who wept uncontrollably at Friday’s meeting after receiving a barrage of insults from protesters who were not happy with her push for the party to contest in the June 10 by-elections.

Sources within the party said, the meeting chaired by provincial organising secretary James Sithole in the absence of acting chairperson Nomvula Mguni demanded that Tsvangirai comes to the province and explain the position himself.

“The members weren’t happy that the party was literally giving up the seats to Zanu-PF. They accused the provincial leadership of failing to communicate their wishes to the party’s national executive for the party to take part in the polls,” said a member who attended the meeting.

“They also protested the savage attacks on Khupe by members from Harare demanding that the provincial leadership immediately contacts Tsvangirai to come down to Bulawayo to justify the stance to the province. The provincial leadership immediately contacted Tsvangirai who agreed to come down to Bulawayo on Sunday to address the matter.”

Sources said the provincial leadership was accused of lacking spine to stick to their resolution to take part in the by-elections and allowing the Harare members to ride roughshod over them.

“They said Zanu-PF shouldn’t be allowed to win seats in Bulawayo with some making subtle threats on going it alone if the party insists on its position. Some said the party was actually doing Zanu-PF a huge favour by not participating,” the source added

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai on his Sunday visit is also expected to preside over the election of a new provincial chairperson after Deputy Bulawayo Mayor Gift Banda was barred from occupying the position by the courts.

Said the source: “There’ll be a mini vote of some sort, whether people back Gift Banda or a new chairperson is appointed. So Tsvangirai will be addressing these two issues when he comes on Sunday.”

MDC-T Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Mandla Sibanda yesterday confirmed Tsvangirai’s visit but denied that he was coming to address the boycott issue.

He said Tsvangirai had cut short his three day visit to Bulawayo last month following the outbreak of violence at the party’s Harvest House headquarters and had to return to Harare early.

“What happened is that we had a meeting to update members on the Harare meeting and most of the members agreed with the resolution.

“To us it’s now water under the bridge. The president won’t be coming to address that matter,” said Sibanda.


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    kelly 7 years ago

    Please Bulawayo just vote Zapu and forget the rest, at least its your homeland party.Zimbabwe Ziiiiiiiiiii

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    MDC-T was foolish to recall these parliamentary seats in the first place.
    By doing this they achieved 3 undesirable outcomes:
    1) they gifted more seats to Zanu PF
    2) they undermined any chance of uniting the democratic opposition
    3) they succeeded in sowing further discord in their own party.
    The unending lack of strategic thinking in MDC-T is extremely unfortunate.

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    kelly 7 years ago

    We all know it anyways, Tsvangese is doing all he can to make sure Zanu PF stays in power. He belongs to them in fact he should do all he can to keep them in power. He has recalled the other MPs and now is giving Bulawayo to Zanu in a platter and he continues to enjoy Zanu PF perks including the ministerial house which he treasures so much. Read my lips or else smell the coffee, the guy is only looking out for himself.

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    c moyo 7 years ago

    Every time there are elections Tsvangirai will start off by saying he is boycotting those elections and in all cases he ends up anticipating .This does not only confuse the electorate but demonstrates how the man is himself a confused cockroach. .