Five scenarios for MDC-T to survive

via Five scenarios for MDC-T to survive  10 November 2013  by Charles Rukuni Hits InsiderZim

A senior member of the Movement for Democratic Change faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai has offered five scenarios for the party to survive arguing that if there is no introspection within the party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front will rule “until the cows come home”.

Elias Mudzuri, the party’s former organising secretary and former executive mayor for Harare, gave the five scenarios last week but The Insider has decided to revisit them following reports that pressure is mounting for Tsvangirai to go.

The reports say the party has stopped funding his trips around the country and Tsvangirai is reportedly funding them from his own pocket.

Mudzuri who retained his Warren Park seat in the last elections is reported to be one of the people vying to replace Tsvangirai as party leader.

Some MDC supporters believe that Mudzuri did a better job as organising secretary than incumbent Nelson Chamisa because it was during his tenure that Tsvangirai beat Mugabe and the MDC won more seats in parliament than ZANU-PF.

Here are his proposed scenarios:

Scenario one:

The status-quo remains and MDC go for the 2016 Congress with the current leadership.

Scenario two:

There is an urgent Extraordinary Congress before 2016.

Scenario three:

Morgan Tsvangirai and the whole team are contested at the 2016 Congress and a new leadership emerges in the MDC.

Scenario four:

Morgan Tsvangirai is the godfather of the party. He steps down ceremoniously and a new leader is elected. He becomes a “Mandela” of the party. Structures are re-engineered including the party constitution which will limit the future party president to two terms only.

Scenario five:

Morgan Tsvangirai does not step down. He keeps the support base and those not happy can form their own party or join the various sprouting political outfits in the country.

“With the above scenarios, I think debate can be initiated with the hope of finishing the democratisation process of Zimbabwe. There should be a national debate on these and other issues. The MDC is still alive but without introspection and debate, ZANU- PF will rule this country until the cows come home.

“People need mature, serious and an integrated approach to change,” Mudzuri said in an opinion piece in The Standard.

 

COMMENTS

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    girigamba 8 years ago

    zvinebasa rei zvose izvozvo BABA TSVANGIRAI ngavaichinje nyika tinovatsigira.Ndakamboti vanotonga chinyararire VaTSVANGIRAI becoz suport yavo izere kunze kweZim vabob muzim ikota dziimwe kota nhatu ndedza BABA T

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    HIGH CALIBRE LEADERS ARE THE 6TH OPTION!

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    Anold Anderson 8 years ago

    Well I do agree with Mr Mudzuri let there be a total introspection. Tsvangirai failed and his support from the insde and outside the nation has gone down. He is not doing the nation good three failures to win the elections speak for themselves. He is putting a brave face in front of the people claiming elections were stolen and so forth. People are not fools Zimbabweans are educated and you cannot keep on living a lie and speaking lies they will just burry you on the elections. Come 2018 and he will embarrass himself. He has done his part let him live in peace not in pieces. By Mr. Be at the back

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      puffydaddy 8 years ago

      mr b you realy dnt knw wht u are saying.Tsvangirai has not failed.you dnt knw zanu my friend.think before u comment.i contested in ths zim elections.MDC needs Tsvangirai nt tht power hungry Mudzuri

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    chimusoro 8 years ago

    It’s likely to be scenario 5-which means a hopeless opposition for the foreseeable future!

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Nothing is hopeless unless you simply give up. The Opposition has been infiltrated and the worst has occurred . Mistrust etc. This divide and rule mentality has been Zanus strategy forever. All are aware of this but appear to be doing nothing to counter this . Primarily what is the opposition going to do now that Mugabe is back in and calling the shots. What strageties are they working at now? There is no point in pushing to nullify the election at this time because that will be a no brainer. The African states dont care. The only option left is to ensure total victory in 2018 by working hard to educate the masses on who is better for them. Mugabe is versatile and a snake so by seeing the Opposition squabble , he wins all the time. Get together now or else.

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    Isu Zvedu 8 years ago

    I strongly suggest for MT to lead from behind. Nothing will stop him from rallying his party as an ordinary member. He needs to be encouraged to let some new face take center stage. He did his part and he has gone down in Zim history as the man who genuinely fought evil.

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    msizeni silwelani 8 years ago

    Ours is a revolution, were it a demolition we could have razed everything down by now. Struggles do not have timelines. Elias sound despondent, he is one of those who had serialised our fight against tyranny. Like a soap-opera, they had scheduled the scenes, the venue and the cast. The unforeseable delays are taking a toll on them.

    I shudder to imagine us celebrating the disposal of Tsvangirai when we cannot free ourselves from Mugabe’s bondage.

    Our SAVE, our revolution, our struggle, our freedom, our focus.

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    I see Mudzuri’s piece partly in the context of Biti’s “wanachi series” and MT’s “post-election campaign.” It appears that these are the three likely aspirants (so far) for leadership of the MDC, come 2016. That is what is on the menu, for better or for worse. As for these scenarios, scenario 2 is what one might expect in a healthy, democratic party, given the events of the last 11 years or so. However scenario 5 is probably the most likely, given current trends.

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    Msizen has spoken,truly speaking a revolution has no timelines,why serialise a revolution like its a documentary,SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! for Zimbabwe the only person who publicly rejected ESAP back then and questioned its legitimacy. I remember SAVE saying that, how can you restructure a well oiled economy? Restructuring is only possible to a damaged economy which the current leadership has done. So im light of such assertions back then Save had a vision of a better Zimbabwe. I strongly feel we have not haf a chance of being in th Zimbabwe that Save envisions. For that alone fellow Zimbabweans SAVE is a horse you can bet. Infiltration is consistent of any political organisation, so is infighting aa people jostle for positions. Even kana kuchurch,where we have groupings infighting is there so MDC-T can not be spared from this. Whatd important is hw to manage and contain it at the end of the day. Save’s office should have eople who should havasic accounts

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    Msizen has spoken,truly speaking a revolution has no timelines,why serialise a revolution like its a documentary,SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! for Zimbabwe the only person who publicly rejected ESAP back then and questioned its legitimacy. I remember SAVE saying that, how can you restructure a well oiled economy? Restructuring is only possible to a damaged economy which the current leadership has done. So im light of such assertions back then Save had a vision of a better Zimbabwe. I strongly feel we have not haf a chance of being in th Zimbabwe that Save envisions. For that alone fellow Zimbabweans SAVE is a horse you can bet. Infiltration is consistent of any political organisation, so is infighting aa people jostle for positions. Even kana kuchurch,where we have groupings infighting is there so MDC-T can not be spared from this. Whatd important is hw to manage and contain it at the end of the day. Save’s office should have people who have basic accounts. Hw could they fail to account for a few dollars allocated to them? So whats of them with a national cake? Food for thought?

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    Johnson@yahoo.com 8 years ago

    MUDZURI IS A TRAITOR LIKE SEKESAI MAKWAVARARA.

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    Chisaga 8 years ago

    MDC needs to ebate these options seriously otherwise they are facing extinction. They must find out exactly how Zanu pf stole the election otherwise its not enough to just say the election was stolen. Up to now Tsvangirai has failed to provide the evidence which he has promised to give. In fact as a leader he had dismally failed because he had promised us that if zanupf steals the elections he was going to mobilise to defend the people’s choice but so far there is no evidence on the ground that any such mobilisation is happening. Instead we see efforts to silence his membership and force himself on the party to contest another election in 2018. If there is anybody who has sold out to his electorate it is clearly tsvangirai because when we look back and study his utterances and his conduct during the inclusive days it is clear that the guy is now compromised. He was praising Mugabe numerous times and he accepted Mugabe’s patronage in the form of expensive cars, mansion and even beautiful Zanu pf girls. On the ground he did virtually nothing to make sure that he wins the election. And we must also not forget that he got a free gift of irrigation equipment from Podstock a company owned by Nikuv which he installed for free at his Buhera home. Mudzuri is right, clearly this guy needs to rethink his options or else he will be kicked out.

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    easily fooled 8 years ago

    The scenarios are just basic, i think they were proposed by Joseph Chinotimba….many more scenarios were left out, eg. Lovemore Madhuku and or Jonathan Moyo cross over to the MDC to stand as Save Advisors, Chinotimba, who succeded in violently ceasing white farm lands to join MDC as a former gorrilla or guerrila, whichever suits MDC and force voters to vote for change.

    I read this article expecting detail, the reasoning behind each option etc. The Mudzuri we know cant present such trash….it should be Joseph

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    Bambanani Sizwesakithi 8 years ago

    Scenario four is the way to go, but not in its totality as put by Mudzuri. Tsvangirai is still young enough to work for the party. Let him concentrate on rebuilding the party and groom a younger successor who will be the next president of the country.

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    Shebah 8 years ago

    The clueless MDCT lot. Can I advise you. Open a Web for DIASPORA to vote on the scenarios and also allow the Zimbabwe residents to vote on the same then take the winning scenario.
    I like the confusion, come 2018 you will still be undecided

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    Rapheal Zimmy 8 years ago

    We must use our head to think not like some who are supporting mudzuri if elections are rigged where is tsvangirai’s failure let him lead zim to where it should be. All those are greedy pple who must shut-up. We are suffering what improvement he mudzuri has done, instead he must push for change only. By Dr Z. No reverse

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    LoudSilence BlindingDarkness DzimbaDzemabgwe 8 years ago

    Mudzuri, stop offering scenarios and state your interests clearly. Come out in the open and tell us what you have to offer if you are interested in taking over from Tsvangirai.

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    Chitova weGona 8 years ago

    Tsvangirayi is the man to lead the party. Mandela brought freedom and then stepped down. Mudzuri can go to NCA or zanu if he is the one causing discord in our beloved party. Rukuni is writing on behalf of zanu.

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    Scenario 6
    MDC is dissolved (aziva kwake aziva kwake)

    This is the mos plausible option

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    Sibangilizwe Lethube 8 years ago

    I always associate the people who criticize TSVANGIRAI with the elements of zanu pf even if they claim to belong MDC-T. Anyone who is power hungry, belongs to zanu pf regardless of their affiliation to other parties. I simple call them zanu pf elements who are planted on MDC T to derail the democratic policy of the party hiding behind the finger.

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    Uku mbuu uku mbuu 8 years ago

    Mudzuri we huori. Wakanganwa here kuti pawakaita Mayor we Harare wakaita contest na Makone Ian. Waiita campaign yekuti Makone ndewe Zanu PF and ukapa vana Gaga mari kuti vafambe muma districts vachiti voterai Mudzuri nekuti Makone ndewe PF. Une huori iwe. Form your own party. Morgana waonaka kuti ukarera imbwa nemukaka inofumo yokuruma.

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    The darkest hour is just b4 dawn. Save, this is the rightful opportunity 4 u 2 realise your supporters and your opposers. We totally agreed to name the party after your name till we achieve the goal. Anyone wishing to hijack the leadership must form their own party

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    Rodrick Hove 8 years ago

    Mr T must go, vakakonewa guba yavo vachimanyisa magero

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    Kubota Binga 8 years ago

    MDC is in dreamland, including the supporters. Why label challengers sellouts? It beats reason. Yes MDc is open for new leadership. Don’t say so is ZANU PF, I dont care what they do but MDC needs new ;eader to unseat ZANU PF. The new leader could still be in the form of Morgan if he is willing to roll out of his slumber and denial. For now the fellow exhibits cluelessness and this is dangerous for one who hopes one day to be President.

    MDC T needs all the democrats out there. All the “fathers” of the varoius MDC-X (given that child MDC has multiple surnames) need to be open to dialogue as equals. So given that father T is had figh with other fathers, we need another unifying father and in the process, MDC will come out as MDC or UMDC= United Movement for Democratic Change…. provided new leader’s surname does not start with a U!!

    Kubota Unity
    Kubija kwanzaana

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    If people spent as much energy condemning Mugabe and planning his downfall as they do with Tsvangirai Zimbabwe would be a much better country.