via Don’t cheer MDC-T woe yet, Bob warned 01/05/2014 NewZimbabwe
ZIMBABWEANS are worried about the apparent implosion of the opposition MDC-T party because it had become an important social and political institution in the country, political commentator Ibbo Mandaza said Wednesday.
Mandaza warned that the country was in danger of civil unrest during a Harare Crisis Coalition panel discussion on internal party democracy and power struggles in political society.
“Zimbabweans are worried about the implications of this implosion and we hope (Morgan) Tsvangirai and his colleagues will resolve their differences sooner rather than later for the good of this country,” he said.
“The MDC-T’s split is not something that Zanu PF should be happy with because it leaves anger and discontent in our society- unguided that (anger) is dangerous even for President Robert Mugabe’s government.”
The Southern Africa Political and Economic Series (SAPES) head said Zimbabwe lacked genuine political parties and characterised opposition groups in the country’s as just movements.
“Unfortunately we had hoped that the MDC-T would be better, conduct their politics better but they have learnt from the masters in Zanu PF and it is disheartening to hear youngsters like Nelson Chamisa speaking as if they are in the 60s.
“The semblance of stability in Zanu PF is because they have state power and resources at their disposal. Take that away from them and that movement will implode.”
The discussion was also attended by the MDC-T’s Obert Gutu, from the Tsvangirai faction, as well as the renewal team’s Jacob Mafume and Zanu PF’s Psychology Maziwisa.
“The problem is that we have people claiming ownership of political organisation because they were favoured with leadership of the same. It is wrong and should never be allowed,” he said.
“These are public institutions that should be open to scrutiny but people are told that the issue of leadership should be hash-hash and an internal matter when people are using public funds.
Mandaza said he had joined Zanu at its formation in 1963 because it had shown that it would not follow the hero-worshiping style in Zapu under Joshua Nkomo.
“Nkomo was King at Zapu and Zanu was against that, the hero-worshiping we see in Zanu PF today is a new thing that came in the 1980s,” said Mandaza.
“Tsvangirai has copied that and it is unfortunate. Nobody can challenge him lest they are called a Zanu PF apologist or sell-out the very language synonymous with Zanu PF.”
Former deputy Justice Minister Gutu came under the cosh for his WikiLeaks comments regarding Tsvangirai and his new found loyalty.
“You were quoted in Wikileaks as saying Tsvangirai is a weak leader and inside you that is what you believe. What has changed?” came a question from the audience.
Gutu retorted: “I will not dignify rumour with an answer. We are a small parties and still learning democracy. We are learning and yet to be a fully-fledged political party.
“I see nothing wrong with people bootlicking and saying leaders are ordained by God, because essentially we are a faith-based country.”
Mandaza said it is time for Zimbabwe’s younger generation of leaders to take charge and lead the country.
Tsvangirai’s MDC-T is facing another split following disagreements over leadership change.