Tsvangirai mulls recalling councillors

via Tsvangirai mulls recalling councillors – The Zimbabwe Independent by Herbert Moyo September 18, 2013

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said today he is not stepping down despite mounting pressure for him to go.

“You don’t just wake up on the street and say Tsvangirai must go,” he said adding that such decisions are made at national council meetings and endorsed by congress.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai held a press conference at the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare this afternoon.

Tsvangirai told journalists at the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare this afternoon that the issue has not even come up for discussion.

“I can’t in the middle of a struggle just abandon people. To what end, to what objective, to satisfy Zanu PF or to satisfy people who have grudges against me. I have a constituency which has given me a mandate and that’s the mandate I’m going to pursue until 2016,” he said.

He said the party’s National Council will also be taking action against self-exiled treasurer-general Roy Bennett, who called for his removal.

“We are dealing with the issue with the very simple objective of ensuring that the party has an agenda,” said Tsvangirai.

He said he had not failed as his defeat was only because the election was stolen.

“If the election is stolen you can’t ask for leadership renewal unless you have other motivations.”

Tsvangirai said councillors who defied party directives and voted for Zanu PF mayors may be recalled.

Councillors in the MDC-T controlled towns of Kwekwe, Redcliff and Victoria Falls voted for Zanu PF mayors while Gweru and Mutare MDC-T councillors defied party directives to elect preferred candidates.

Addressing, Tsvangirai said the party “has a right to recall the councillors” and may exercise that prerogative as early as next week after getting reports on the matter from the provincial executive committees.

“It’s about whether they (councillors) executed the position they had been mandated by the party,” said Tsvangirai. “The democratic process is already taking place whereby the councillors will have to answer to district councils whether they carried out the mandate they were given by the party.

“That information will be given to us as an executive next week and we will make a decision.”

Tsvangirai also took the opportunity to announce a 21-member shadow cabinet to “keep President Robert Mugabe’s government in check and ensure they meet their commitments to the people of Zimbabwe”.

Below is the MDC-T shadow cabinet:

The Shadow Cabinet will have five key priority areas;

International Relations and Co-operation: Gorden Moyo

Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources: Thamsanqa Mahlangu

Finance and Economic Development: Tendai Biti

Defence: Gift Chimanikire

Health and Child Welfare: Ruth Labode

Basic Education: Concilia Chinanzvavana

Higher Education Science and Technology: Peter Matarutse

Local Government: Sesel Zvidzai

Transport: Elias Mudzuri

Communications: Nelson Chamisa

Mines and Minerals Development: Abednico Bhebhe

Energy and Power Development: Morgen Komichi

Agriculture, Land and Water Development: Sipepa Nkomo

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs: Jesse Manjome

Home Affairs: Lilian Timveos

Industry and Commerce: Tapiwa Mashakada

Labour, Employment and Social Security: Paurina Mpariwa

Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development: Lucia Matibenga

Youth, Sport, Arts & Culture: Solomon Madzore

Public Works and National Housing: Joel Gabbuza

Planning Commission:

Jameson Timba

Theresa Makone

Douglas Mwonzora

Tongai Matutu

Elton Mangoma



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    Tjingababili 10 years ago


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    Africanson 10 years ago

    The former Prime Minister has gone nuts or he has been nuts for 10 years. He is threatening his own people for not voting MDC. His policy of threatening his own people is wrong. The same threat he gave to Zim when he invited sanctions. MDC must learn to make people prefer them to ZANU than to use a stick. So this time he is agreeing that his people voted for ZANU. What about the said ‘stolen’ elections? Who did they vote for MDC or ZANU? Thinking that he wants his Bennet punished makes MDC a loughing matter because these guys were crying for years to have the white boy installed as a minister. Now he is an enermy of the same people who were supporting him. So MDC is a party of directives from the President? Ndoo democracy yacho iyoyo?

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    joseph 10 years ago

    Which means democracy is only when Mugabe is voted out.

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    Africanson 10 years ago

    What is it about MDC is it about removing Mugabe from power or about assuming power by Morgan? Is it about the people’s cause or the Western regime change agender? I don’t see anything better thanZANU that MDC is selling to the general Zimbabweans. I strongly believe now that Morgan is playing front to some sinister hidden monster. I respect some respectable MDC executives but not thier president.

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    All defiant councillors shd be recalled or donated to zpf cos that’s where they belong to. Its better to remain w 1 committed councillor than have mole councillors. Shd e party split cos he has decided to part ways with moles so be it