MDC-T party to meet over conflicts

via MDC-T party to meet over infighting | SW Radio Africa  by Nomalanga Moyo on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The next two days will define if the MDC-T will remain united or split again, if warring parties fail to resolve their differences in meetings called for Wednesday and Thursday.

The party will first convene a Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday to be followed by two more crucial meetings of the National Executive Council and National Council on Thursday.

The meetings come at a time when there is renewed conflict in the party, two weeks after party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said there was renewed unity within the party following talks aimed at bringing an end to months of infighting.

However rebels in the party, calling for the ouster of Tsvangirai, on Saturday dismissed reports of unity saying all is not rosy in the labour backed movement.

Several of the members linked to the renewal team said the meetings will be used to lift Elton Mangoma’ suspension and offer a truce.

‘The bottom line is that they need everyone back in the tent now,’ said one of the MPs linked to Mangoma’s plot to oust Tsvangirai.

Another member of the renewal team concurred that there was a possibility Mangoma’s suspension might be withdrawn, as it was one of their demands to re-convene a National Council meeting and deliberate over the suspension.

Two months ago a National Council meeting endorsed Mangoma’s suspension, but his close colleagues and Secretary General Tendai Biti said the meeting was improperly constituted and thus the suspension was null and void.

One of those close to Mangoma observed that if Tsvangirai brings sanity back into the party, he will effectively kill off the renewal team and any attempts to dislodge him.

Jacob Mafume, Mangoma’s lawyer, said he was not aware of what is going to be discussed but implored the party to talk about the current problems in a sober manner.

‘We need people to discuss the good of the party and not engage in divisive and personal issues that have seen the party regress disastrously in the last few months,’ Mafume.

Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, while confirming the party will discuss disciplinary issues, said he was not sure Mangoma will come up for discussion as there was a tribunal set to hear his case.

‘Lately we have individuals that have put the name of the party into disrepute and as such we are obligated as a party to take action against them,’ Mwonzora said.



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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Ruramai 8 years ago

    The one person who has consistently put the name of the MDC into disrepute is its leader Morgan….violence against dessenters, double dipping on the issue of the hose, unprotected sex with a woman younger than his own daughters. .eish.

    He confidently announced he would beat Mugabe in the last election, while it the same time the election would be rigged. After willingly participating he then turned around and says the election was rigged. Who goes into an election without setting his eyes on something as basic as a voters roll?

    Now he is making a fool of himself saying he was denied permission to go to Magwizi. Why did he ask for permission in the first place? So he could play the victim?

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    Murimi Wanhasi 8 years ago

    The MDC circus continues…

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      Albeit a much smaller one than the ZPF Big Top

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      Indeed Murimi the MDC circus continues but on an insignificant scale compared with the chaos in Zanu P.F. Who would have thought Mutsvangwa would publicly label his boss Mmbengegwi an ignoramus of note where matters of diplomacy are concerned?

      And of course those members of the ruling party who thought they were going to cash in on Bona’s wedding were gobsmacked when a family which touts itself as a champion for indigenisation chose to hire white wedding planners from South Africa and flew in caterers from Singapore.

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    P.Chibs 8 years ago

    Listen the elections were rigged.if Tsvangirai was going to refuse to go to the polls you know wht it means, another split.stop blaming him.get real u people with short sites

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      Chibs, you mean he would have been blamed for choosing not to go into an election where something as basic as a voters’ roll was not made available? I think we need to stop deluding ourselves that Tsvangirai has what it takes to be a leader. You only need to critique the goings on in the GNU to realise that Tsvangirai played second fiddle throughout and is clueless on the way forward.

      He endorsed Makarau even as it was obvious her loyalties lay with Zanu P.F. The SADC diplomatically advised him electoral reforms needed to happen before the election and yet Tsvangirai chose to participate even as the odds were clearly stuck against him.

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        Maybe we should all collectively begin to shoulder the blame. Yes, of course MT and the MDC have made mistakes. And yes, of course we get rattled over them and disappointed. But maybe it is time to NOT look back, confess out shortcomings and go forward. MT, despite his weaknesses, should have been in State house a long time ago. But I like to remind myself when I become critical of that scripture, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” No one of us is perfect. But we need the opposition parties to come to the party too and understand a very simple truth: a divided Zimbabwe is playing right into the hands of ZPF and divided we have fallen. United we will stand. Every man/woman must put aside all selfish agendas. I go a tad nuts when I hear about ideology for never will two men agree and so what then must our unifying base be? first, as a Christian nation, we unite under the banner of Christ Jesus. And then we unite for Zimbabwe, our nation. cut off all those other ridiculous frilly bits and lay down self. To serve is the greatest leadership of all. a true servant hood leadership. Where man is nothing and God is all. The Lord himself said that the least shall be the greatest. we need humility and a laying down of the destructive characteristic which is pride and arrogance.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    It,s a start, lets see who is willing to compromise, but hopefully not compromising their constitution…

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    Madlanduna 8 years ago

    Ruramai! I don’t think we need to remind you about SADC you talking about , all those reforms were set buy SADC ,what did they say after the elections knowing those nothing was implemented , so we are all the same our wishes were not leasten to we did nothing we only hope things will change. Only death comes even if you don’t want it, so as we waiting for change it can be from bad to worste

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    Ruramai 8 years ago

    Madlanduna, we need to wake up to the reality that SADC recommended these reforms and kept insisting they should be implemented BEFORE elections. Tsvangirai chose to participate before that happened. What should SADC have done given the fact that we were okay with participating in a sham election.

    If Tsvangirai had refused to participate citing lack of reforms and the absence of the voters roll, Mugabe would not have been recognised as legitimate as happened following the June 2008 violent elections. We may fault them for endorsing a rigged election but Tsvangirai knew it would be rigged. SADC was no longer prepared to continue being preoccupied with Zimbabwe. Just as he did when he signed up to a GNU where he was a junior partner even though he had beaten Mugabe in the elections, he legitimised Mugabe. Fatigue does set in at some point.

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    Tsuro Magen'a 8 years ago

    @Ruramai it is easier said than done…but do you deny that had MT, whom we were already calling “Boycott”, boycotted, the following was obviously going to happen:

    -Elections would have gone ahead after the Court rulings
    -Based on your assertion that SADC was now tired of the Zimbabwe Saga, the organisation was still going to sanction ZANU win with other partcipants like MDC-N

    -MDC-N will probably have won 5 or so seats

    -Just like the 2005 Senator Elections some MPs who were smelling power would have gone ahead and participated, maybe as MDC-New

    You only playing on hind site analysis.

    Lets stop the blame game…our drive should be to focus on the people who continue to destroy our beautiful country.

    After we have conquered the devil then we can form and split into 1000 parties as long as the power is back to the people, which resides now resides in Matibili and his Securitas.

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      Tozvirevakupiko 8 years ago

      Tsuro, leadership means making tough decisions – MT should have never have gone into those last elections, and he should have been able to convince his team that it was not wise to go into those elections.And that, precisely is the problem. MT akaguma – he cannot take MDC anywhere now, he has reached his limit, thanks MT, BUT LEADERSHIP RE-NEWAL is neccessary NOW!!

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      Tsuro, then it seems you did not read about what the SADC countries said soon after the elections – that they were surprised he went into the election even as they kept insisting that the requirements of the GNU agreement needed to be fully implemented. No, they did not expect him tp participate before reforms and they said as much.

      The truth is, Tsvangirai was just over confident.

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    Ruramai 8 years ago

    Tsuro, I am not playing on hindsight. I emailed my MP telling him that people were not being allowed to register; that my name had disappeared from the voters’ roll even though I had voted in every election since 1985 and that they needed to see the voters’ roll.

    So, I am not talking about hindsight but obvious issues that was obvious to anyone with an iota of analytical skills.

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    The other tragedy of 2013 is that although a boycott would have worked because SADC reforms had not been met, that strategy will no longer be a viable option come 2018.