Tsvangirai consolidates grip

via Tsvangirai consolidates grip – DailyNews Live by Luke Tamborinyoka  23 MARCH 2014

“Enlarge the place of your tent. Stretch your tent curtains wide , do not hold back, strengthen you cords, strengthen your stakes, for you will spread out to the right and the left…” (Isaiah 54 verse 2-4). In the past one week we have seen God at work, enlarging Tsvangirai’s territory as more and more political players continue to join his party ranks to moot a united front against Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

The coalescence into one big tent started about 10 days ago.

The time was 10:33am. The day was Monday, March 10, 2014 when Job Sikhala and his retinue of hangers-on drove into the Highlands home of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The meeting of the two that Monday was  to be a perfect birthday present for Morgan Tsvangirai, who turned 62 on the same day.

Sikhala had spoken to president Tsvangirai on the phone the previous day to follow up on the call for a united front that the president had made in Budiriro on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

For one-and-half hours, I sat through their meeting at  Highlands on that sunny day. The two, gripped by a bout of nostalgia, relived the formative years of the party and the unity that prevailed. They moved to the current political developments and Sikhala made it clear he was rejoining the party he helped form.

I noticed that the ebullient Sikhala had not changed one bit. He remained the same feisty politician, one of the few from the student movement, who had helped form the party back in 1999.

The banter, the energy and high spirits and the animated nature of the conversation confirmed that Sikhala remained the same with his heart and focus on the right place of bringing democratic change to the country of our birth.

The meeting was the first hint yet that the tent was truly being enlarged and that God was living true to his promise to expand our territory, in this case the territory of those seeking to bring democratic change in Zimbabwe.

The sceptics who make our media fraternity nowadays had dismissed it as a fluke and mere grandstanding.

But after the homecoming by Sikhala, Joubert Mudzumwe and many others from the Welshman Ncube political outfit who joined us in Bulawayo at the weekend, Tsvangirai’s sincerity to a united front is no longer in doubt.

But now like the animals and birds trekking into Noah’s ark, there is palpable movement in heeding Tsvangirai’s call for unity.

As Tsvangirai said in Harare last week, this movement is getting stronger and stronger by the day.

“Today, we obliterate the premature obituaries of this great movement. We showcase the dexterity with which we have out manoeuvred our political opponents who have underestimated our capacity to organise a common front of one big family of fighters for democratic change,” Tsvangirai told journalists in Harare last week when Sikhala and Mudzumwe rejoined the people’s movement.

“Through this homecoming by our colleagues in the struggle, we confound sceptics and put to shame the perception of MDC as a party in turmoil and a movement in disintegration.

“This party is alive, in spite of the negative energy that seeks to dampen the people’s spirits and to dash their hopes and aspirations.

“Some have mistaken the robust debate in this party as a sign of disintegration but I want to assure you that we continue working towards achieving unity so that we become bigger and better as a credible alternative.

“I can assure you that we are slowly and surely gathering in one tent because we know we are stronger in unity and weaker in division,” Tsvangirai said.

“This is a demonstration of our sincerity to unity and to the big tent approach in our struggle for democracy. Together, we are better and we can be able to confront the bigger national crisis that is the real issue this nation must confront and address.”

He took the occasion to shred a media perception that Tsvangirai is like Mugabe and he wants to die in office.

“Together we must build and enhance a strong movement so that when some of us leave the cockpit of this party, as we will definitely do in the foreseeable future, we must leave a united party in the hands of a new generation able to steer our struggle forward and to fulfil the people’s aspirations,” President Tsvangirai told journalists at the party headquarters in Harare last Thursday.

In Bulawayo, the tent was further enlarged to douse the growing and misguided perception that the MDC and the Morgan Tsvangirai brand had taken a nosedive.

The message emanating from the hundreds entering and

re-entering the MDC tent is that Zimbabweans remain confident in the party leader to take the people of this country forward.

In Bulawayo, it was made clear by Edward Mkhosi, formerly of the Welshman Ncube-led political formation, that there must be a united front to remove Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, not Morgan Tsvangirai.

He made it clear that the focus on Tsvangirai was misguided

because it is not him who is at the centre of the national crisis and the sorry national predicament that we face.

Like Jabez, Tsvangirai and the people of Zimbabwe continue to be blessed as their territory of struggle gets expanded every day through the unfolding unity of democratic forces under a tried and tested leadership.

For the record, the MDC will not split.

For the record, Morgan Tsvangirai continues to lead our democratic struggle until victory is achieved.

In the words of Job Sikhala, Zanu PF has every reason to panic as forces continue to gather at the river.

“Touyako!” (Here we come!)

*Luke Tamborinyoka is the spokesperson to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. He writes in his personal capacity.



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    Phibion 8 years ago

    The new coalition will be called United-MDC and MT will lead it for two terms

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    Muchadura 8 years ago

    I would rather have Mangoma, Biti, Madzore on my side than Job Sikhala. This is much ado about NOTHING!!!

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    Chitova weGona 8 years ago

    Job should challenge Biti for SG at the congress.

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    jobolinko 8 years ago

    Job sikhala left Tsvangirai along side mr ncube for what ever reason but i still think he has got zimbabweans at heart ,before he rejoined tsvangirai according to him they were people in mdc going around talking bad about him in pubs he said he challenged one of them and this person pleaded with him [Job]not to say it out this shows these people have always had a personal vendatta againist tsvangirai all this having lost so many times againist mugabe is nonsense.

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    Gandanga 8 years ago

    Just call Simba into the tent! I mean Simba Makoni not Simba mukwasha washe Matibili!

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    Reverend 8 years ago

    It is good to see things moving in an upward and forward direction. Unity is the way and it would be good to see ZAPU come in and Simba and even Welshman. Let us all encourage this new move and pray that it brings Zimbo’s together to rid ourselves of the evil of zpf and RGM.

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    moyokumusha 8 years ago

    propaganda MDC style. We want leadership change now. CHINJA

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    Givemore 8 years ago

    I honestly think that we should move from a populist mentality and let democracy prevail. What we need is for people to believe in MDC as a whole not based on I dividuals. TSVANGIRAI had his his chance to stand in as party president and he did so diligently but now has come a time to let someone come in his position and allow continuity. Him steping down as party president doesn’t mean he is being kicked out of the party, there are many other essential roles he can play within the party. People did the same with Mugabe supposing that no one was deserving or fit to replace him but here we are, at the age of 90+ he is still president. Tsvangirai needs to act wisely and step aside giving room for democracy to prevail within the party, even at national level transparency is realised.

    Such utterances of sayi g if you don’t want to work with me leave is a wrong perception of things, he does not own MDC and noone does.

    I have suffered at the hands of ZANU PF and my blood bleeds MDC but Tsvangirai needs to step aside.

    please Tsvangirai do us all a favour and desist from Mugabeism spirit.

    People shouldn’t blow the whistle but raise issues through proper channels but should also be given a chance to freedom of expression without fear of victimisation.

    We are desperate for democracy, please Tsvangirai this co.ing congress is a make of break point.

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    oliver chikumba 8 years ago

    so your views are so vital more than the congress delegates,democracy simply means majority rules. You must then engage the congress delegates & makesure u campain for your prefered candidate then if he makes it though its next to non we follow his command. For now Morgan is the man & our duty as the YOUTHS is to safeguard him.

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    WILLO 8 years ago

    that’s where u always get it wrong.u have brought back into your camp another looser.U will have to learn that its winning the hearts of every Zimbo where ever they r to win elections not this poor fellow who was dying of cold outside any meaningful political party.There shall always be opposition in Zim even after Mogen himself.Zanupf itself will be an opposition party.