Is the MDC-T headed for another split?

via Is the MDC-T headed for another split? | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda on Monday, January 27, 2014

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is facing a fresh revolt within his party, by a faction that wants him to step down, amid fears there is an imminent split in the movement.

Deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma is leading the latest challenge and has confirmed authoring a letter that he personally handed over to Tsvangirai last week at his Highlands house.

It is believed Tsvangirai summoned Mangoma to explain himself. Mangoma is now among some other senior leaders who have come out in the open about their desire to see Tsvangirai quit.

Others who have made public their opinions are treasurer general Roy Bennett and former organising secretary and MP for Warren Park, Elias Mudzuri.

Tsvangirai reportedly invited secretary general Tendai Biti and deputy president Thokozani Khupe to be present as witnesses during his no-holds barred meeting with Mangoma.

A source told SW Radio Africa that while Mangoma and his allies are not advocating for a split, they remain adamant that a new leader is needed to turn around the fortunes of the party that has a failed to dislodge President Robert Mugabe from power since its formation 15 years ago.

‘It is my unbending resolve that leadership renewal, at this juncture, could be the only avenue to restoring the credibility of the party lest it risks being confined to history.

‘At a time when confidence is plummeting, there is need for the MDC to freshen up, create fresh impetus and rally its troops to remain united and focused. However, this impetus cannot and will not be created if the leadership status quo is preserved,’ said Mangoma in his four-page letter to Tsvangirai.

The letter formed much of what was debated on Friday last week in the standing committee, at which the top leadership agreed not to call for an early congress, as suggested by Tsvangirai, in trying to fend off a leadership challenge.

However, what has emerged in the aftermath are spirited efforts by those behind the party leader to expose and shame individuals behind the latest plot.

Others are happy that Mangoma raised the issue and are solidly behind his attempts to settle the leadership crisis once and for all. An MDC-T MP said people should not ‘shoot the messenger’ by baying for Mangoma’s blood, when all he wanted to do was save the party from collapse.

‘We claim to be a democratic party so we don’t see anything wrong with what Mangoma has done. We have got structures in our constituencies and you will be surprised that many of our members agree with what he raised in that letter,’ the MP said.

The legislator added that by crushing dissent, they will no longer be different from ZANU PF, saying the only difference at the moment was that the ruling party has a propensity of killing its opponents and sending them to the ‘heroes acres’ while the MDC-T is currently engaged in ‘character assassinations.’

Asked to confirm reports of an imminent split, a disgruntled provincial chairman of the MDC-T said only time will tell ‘as we are now a replica of ZANU PF.’

‘There is nothing to sacrifice for, we are simply waiting to go nowhere as Tsvangirai has said he’s not going nowhere.’


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    Dikgolo 8 years ago

    Only the political blind ,will resist change in leadership in MDC .How can MDC lose by election in Harare.This is a clear sign of the end of MDC.Tsvangaria is tainted leader with family problems.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    This is the right direction at last

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    tafirenyika itai 8 years ago

    I smell a rat here. Who will celebrate if chematama is outsted. it is in zanupf’s favour that the opposition is weakened. this is a zanupf project. mdc have been winning elections since 2008 . its not about tsvangirai its about zanupf’s survival.

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    Leave morgan alone. If mangoma biti mudzuri think they have support I dare them to split. Where is welshman ncube now. I dare u…

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    its a New Dawn …….the only man is Simba Makoni….

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    Tsvangirai must allow leadership renewal… otherwise he is following Mugabe’s footsteps.

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    Yes MDC has been winning all the time but again that doesn’t justify the Tsvangirai”s resistance to step down. He played his part well and like the biblical Moses who didn’t see the promised land so shall Tsvangirai be if he wants to be celebrated and remembered as a mature politician like Mandela. Time up Mr “hero” Tsvangirai. there are lots of good and daring leaders like you in MDC, give them the chance.

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    chokwadi chinorwadza 8 years ago

    Haha this is Zanu’s plan??oh pliz
    Fact is Mdc is rilli not going anywhere @the moment
    Zanu won’t mind Tsvangison to b there coz he is soft,indecisive,not cunning enough and not violent enuff to challenge Zanu
    They wud actually quake in their boots if there was leadership change

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    jobolinko 8 years ago

    Those who think they are more popular than Tsvangirai can go and form their own party I respect the people of matabeleland for not voting along tribal lines they whould have voted Mr Ncube but they chose policy than chancers, Madhuku recently tried it, he failed, after the july elections he even said elections were free and fair profesor for nothing

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