MDC supporters back Tsvangirai

via MDC supporters back Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live by Tendai Kamhungira and Mugove Tafirenyika  28 APRIL 2014

Thousands of angry MDC supporters gathered at the party’s Harare headquarters, Harvest House, yesterday to express their solidarity with their leader Morgan Tsvangirai following Saturday’s brazen rebellion by some of the party’s senior officials, including secretary-general Tendai Biti.

The overwhelming support will have come as a welcome respite for the beleaguered MDC president and his close lieutenants over a weekend in which Biti, the party’s de facto number two, finally came out in the open in his opposition to Tsvangirai after months of frenzied speculation and strenuous denials.

On the other hand, the rebels would have seen from the mad supporters — if ever any of them was in Central Harare yesterday — that they were facing a battle royale if their mission to wrestle power in the party is to succeed.

Long fingered as the main player behind the so-called renewal team, Biti was part of the faction that congregated on Saturday to “suspend” Tsvangirai and other senior MDC leaders such as vice president Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Lovemore Moyo, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and Spokesman Douglas Mwonzora after an executive meeting of the rebels.

That dramatic development played out as another damning MDC dossier surfaced claiming that a group of Rhodies, comprising of mainly disillusioned former commercial farmers, was heavily involved in the alleged multi-pronged plot to destroy Tsvangirai and effect illegal leadership change in the MDC.

The pumped-up supporters who converged at Harvest House yesterday had erroneously learnt that Tsvangirai was going to convene a party meeting there to respond to his supposed suspension.

They sang, danced, chanted pro-Tsvangirai slogans and belligerently bayed for the blood of the rebels as they waited in vain for their popular leader.

The frenzied gathering, that braved even yesterday afternoon’s rains, was later addressed and calmed down by Chamisa and Mwonzora who had addressed a media conference at the party headquarters earlier.

Heavily-armed police kept a beady eye all day on the demonstration of power by Tsvangirai’s supporters.

Meanwhile, Mwonzora told an earlier media conference that the MDC was seriously considering expelling Biti and recalling him from Parliament as allegedly demanded by his Harare East constituency.

He also thoroughly rubbished the supposed “suspension” of Tsvangirai and other senior MDC leaders by the rebels.

He said party members in the Harare East constituency were in the process of drafting a petition stating how Biti was no longer representing their interests in Parliament.

Mwonzora was flanked at the media conference by Chamisa, Eric Matinenga and Obert Gutu among other senior MDC luminaries.

Tsvangirai was said to be addressing a rally in his rural home of Buhera.

The MDC spokesman said the party would be guided, in all this, by the country’s Constitution which stipulated that if a Member of Parliament was recalled by his or her party, that legislator would cease to be an MP and a by-election would have to be held for that constituency.

“He (Biti) went against the party constitution. We are obviously going to consider expelling the secretary-general from the party and recall him from Parliament. We are worried about a secretary-general who preaches and breaches the constitution,” Mwonzora said.

The MDC also warned Parliament against being used by individuals who disregarded the law with gay abandon.

Mwonzora said Biti and expelled deputy treasurer-general, Elton Mangoma, were also under investigation for misuse of party property, adding that they were allegedly using party property in their private companies.

At the “bogus meeting” of the MDC rebels, Biti was mandated with writing to Parliament to notify the speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, that no parliamentarian or councillor would be fired unless there was in the constitution of the MDC a clause that called for recalls.

Mwonzora said Biti’s meeting showed that he had formed his own political party and would bear the consequences.

He further said Biti’s “bogus” meeting had been attended by only nine out of 91 party MPs, while only 33 out of 195 members of the national council had been present there.  With regards to the national executive council which has a total of 54 members, only eight attended the meeting.

He said some of the people who attended Biti’s meetings were from Welshman Ncube’s MDC faction as well as the Zimbabwe Institute, which he claimed was working as intermediary between the renewal team and outside forces.

Mwonzora told the gathered journalists that the fact that the Biti meeting had not been held at the party’s headquarters showed that it was meant to be clandestine and never meant to be transparent.

He added that Biti as secretary-general had no locus standi to convene a national council, national executive and national standing committee meeting without the approval of Tsvangirai.

Mwonzora claimed that despite months of strenuous denials about Biti’s leadership renewal campaign, Tsvangirai had known about it for a long time, adding that it was clear that Biti and his “cronies” were working with Zanu PF and State security agents to destabilise the MDC.

He described Biti as a political opportunist, who sometimes “confuses the good lawyer, the politician and the opportunist in him”.

He also denied allegations that Tsvangirai had abused funds, adding that his party would “definitely” survive both the putsch and its lack of funding.

He said in any event, Biti and Mangoma had been responsible for the party’s finances and should know better about where they put the party’s money.

Meanwhile, the Tsvangirai faction is on Tuesday expected to convene its own national council meeting which will formally decide Biti’s fate.



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    mujibha 9 years ago

    sack him

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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    Typical african style any power goes to their heads and they think they can run a country. Zunde here we come?

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      What does ZUNDE think is all this I wonder? I must admit that I have lost all faith in politicians now. Most of all anyone ZPF. no wonder the Lord said, “blessed is the man who trusts in God and cursed is the man who trusts in man.” Us Zimbabweans must learn to hold these mere men accountable. It is being said time and time again. I also do not subscribe to violence at all but a few million Zimbo’s need to stand up and say zvakwana!zvakwana! What will they do when millions even just sit down and say, enough! We will no longer pay tax. we will no longer pay service bills. We will no longer take you bulldust. You come to the table and talk. You are our servants and from now on yopu will do as we, the people, say! Where is the man to lead the way? may God raise him up!

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        The man is already raised and is leading a new generation of leaders who fear God and its a transformed generation. This man was called a long time ago and since 2010 he has been preparing himself thru prayer and the word of God.
        we who have been with him are not amazed at the demise of the MDC because we saw it coming and its the will of God that MDC be doomed
        The man is called JACOB CHENGEDZENI SATIYA NGARIVHUME and is leading a new political party called TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE which is a christian values based political party

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    Can somebody tell me the problem with secretary generals . Why are they so power hungry? Welsh, Zanu first secretary now president and Biti. Manje anaBiti marasa popularity. He has dug his own political grave. Muchasara mave malawyer ezanu.

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    Joseph Chimwanda 9 years ago

    By election for Harare East ndizvo, Biti must now test his popularity in his own back yard before he can dream of leading the winning team. Zviroto zviroto

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    For sure Joze, Biti thinks he has support we will teach him a lesson. Just a bunch of confused idiots. I am disappointed by Sipepa l thought he was trust worthy. How can he be fooled by power hungry youngsters?

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    munzwa 9 years ago

    It would be interesting to find out about party funds…. wine women and song????

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    mujibha 9 years ago

    Yes, its good to have by election, but Idon’t think its going to b free and fair, I can see zanu pf win it through rigging and they will say people have voted them because they r fedup of MDC because Tsvangirai, has no direction. If its going to b free and fair mdc has 100% chance to win it back.

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    jobolinko 9 years ago

    The fact that Biti went on to represent Gono said it all the man is crazy WANACHI FOR NOTHING

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    Cornol Lieto 9 years ago

    We the true MDC supporters will always give our full support and loyalty to our President Morgan Tsvangirai to whom we have given the mandate to rule Zimbabwe when the right time comes. We know we are fighting a formidable enemy in Zanu (PF) but our time is definitely going to come. As for corrupt minded Biti and his cronies we say go and join the corrupt and evil Zanu (PF) where you actually belong and leave us and our President alone. LONG LIVE MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, LONG LIVE MDC AND LONG LIVE ZIMBABWE!!

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    Buchman-Turner-Overdrive 9 years ago

    There nothing new here. They always support dictatorship in its infancy. They did the same with gukurahundi Mugabe in the early 1980s. History is merely repeating itself.

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    Its good to see that people are not losing sight of the GOAL.
    Removal of this evil regime.

    There will be many distractions, true, but the Bitis will soon be history and any donor money they think they are privy to, will dry up fast!

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    Rolland Moyo 9 years ago

    Tsvangirai must follow the constitution of MDC not for Zanu Pf MDC is a democratic party and Tsvangirai is a detector just like his father UMgabe