Plot to oust Chamisa thickens

via Plot to oust Chamisa thickens | The Herald January 1, 2015

Senior MDC-T national executive members plan to pass a vote of no confidence in the party’s former organising secretary Mr Nelson Chamisa for allegedly plotting to unseat party president Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in the run-up to the 4th National Congress in October last year.

Several national executive members who spoke to The Herald on condition of anonymity said Mr Chamisa’s future in the party was uncertain following accusations that he wanted to unseat his boss.

“We knew about the plot so we pre-emptied it by organising our people. As the organising secretary, he used to manipulate structures and he always had his way. Towards congress, the ball game changed and that resulted in him losing dismally to Douglas Mwonzora,” said one executive member.

Contacted for comment, Mr Chamisa indicated that there could be a plot to oust him but said such people were wasting their time as he had more serious things to focus on than worrying about political positions.

“I know that there are some people with an agenda against me but generally people in the party are forward looking and do not concern themselves with party fights centring on personal ambitions. My source of comfort is that we have just gone to the stadium where we played a match that did not belong to us. The big match is yet to come,” said Mr Chamisa.

He said problems facing the country were far beyond his enthronement or dethronement.

Mr Chamisa said it was important that those that were plotting his ouster focussed on the bigger picture away from malice, hatred and anger.

“Politics is not about engineering unhappiness for others. Politics should be a factory for the happiness of all.”

On allegations that he wanted to join the MDC-Renewal Team, Mr Chamisa said a lot of speculation about his future was being fertilised by inadequate information and knowledge of his genuine intentions for the country.

Describing himself as a revolutionary, Mr Chamisa said he would “not freak out at the occasional torrential political winds, but will ride the tides.”

Commenting on the plot to pass a vote of no confidence on Mr Chamisa, MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu dismissed the claim as nothing but a figment of people’s imagination.

“It is news to me, I am hearing it for the first time. I am the national spokesperson of the party and I have never heard of anything like that. Hon Chamisa is a valuable member of our party who was recently appointed to run a very crucial portfolio in the national executive,” said Gutu. Despite the denials by Mr Gutu, close MDC sources said Mr Chamisa and Mr Douglas Mwonzora, who took over from him as the party secretary general, were not on talking terms and that the two had repeatedly clashed at party meetings.

Mr Chamisa lost the contest for the party’s secretary general’s position to Mr Mwonzora who in the run-up to the congress had accused him of widespread vote buying during the provincial executive elections and standing committee nominations.

Mr Chamisa was later barred from presiding over the elections, while the party’s national executive threatened to reverse elections that were held in Chitungwiza, Harare and Masvingo provinces.

Mr Chamisa was accused of manipulating the structures, something that irked ordinary party members who decided to vote him out of the national executive council.


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    Rodlin Mvelase 7 years ago

    Zanu puff ghost haunting current Zimbabwe politics. Majority if not the whole lot are in it for the power and money.
    Zimbabwe does not need a
    plethora of parties, we need two at most three political parties that can
    sell themselves and what they stand for. Right now there is a need for political maturity and the coming together of all the
    progressive political formations to have a single party with a clear vision,manifesto and dedicated patriotic leadership across the entire civic and political divide to re-unite and rebuild the nation and piece together the shattered dreams of
    Every day that such an initiative is delayed only strengthens Zanu
    puff to regroup, re-strategise and entrench itself in ruining the
    already Zimbabwe in ruins. Seeking of political glory must be subservient to rebuilding the nation and the people’s hopes and

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    Several senior party blah blah de blah,………!!
    Speaking to the Herald on condition of anonymity?
    Pull the other one!

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    Cheap, cheap! I doesn’t fly!

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    I think that this report is an instruction from certain quarters within the reeling Zanu structures to try to instigate a move by Chamisa into Zanu. Mugabe has made no secret that he likes Nelson. On the other hand I think Chamisa will just ignore any overtures. This is the wrong time to join this ship that has so many leaks. He will also be well aware that the Herald long became a very unreliable source. Chamisa is also aware that he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon. I don’t think there are any long spoons in this current scenario.

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    Kevin 7 years ago

    What part of democracy do Zimbabweans actually understand? It is any member of the MDC T’s right to chose to support whom ever they like for the presidency of the party. You clowns in the MDC T are as useless as those idiots who support ZANU PF. Are you trying to support Tsvangirai as president for life? Tsvangirai was significantly responsible for the debacle at the elections in 2013, the leadership as a whole were completely fooled by Mugabe and his criminals. It is time to find leaders who know what they are doing.

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      I wonder which clowns you are talking about. Maybe you look at the mirror. The comments above are about the Herald’s article and not Twangirayi’s leadership.Kevin you are off topic.

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    Dr Kuraivanavevhu 7 years ago

    It is exactly such poor reporting, void of truths, championing of propaganda that assumes all Zimbos are fools, that made me stop buying the Herarld. Why polarize Zimbabweans with empty rhetoric?

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    Kondo 7 years ago

    The Herald article is a falsehood designed to among other things whip peoples” emotions. Kevin is obviously a victim, to the amusement of the paid goon at Herald house.

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    Matake 7 years ago

    Rational cursory probability postulation does not give the divided MDCs a chance against my posited ‘Ngwena-led’ rejuvinated re-united future Zanu PF, come 2018 Zim national elections. The opposition’s best bet would have been to humbly opt to come under one new opposition party led by Chamisa. I allow them to refer to my above proposal in future as the ‘Matake formula’ meriting of their serious consideration en route to the 2018 Zim national elections. The proposal reliably ensures that Zanu PF oozes buckets of ‘bloody swet’ for their hypothetical victory. Otherwise the power hungry opposition political old dogs are only waiting for mother time to re-confirm them as national curses. They no doubt all still need to learn the a, b, cs of genuine greatness, i.e HUMILITY. They have for ages paid lip service to the paramounce of national interest in purpoted concealment of the egocentricity of their political myopia.

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    Matake 7 years ago

    Your space is not for nation builders. It is a national tragedy. I shall credibly argue my case elsewhere.