Workers rally behind Tsvangirai

via Workers rally behind Tsvangirai – DailyNews Live by Mugove Tafirenyika  30 APRIL 2014

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has thrown its weight behind MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying rebels attempting to topple the charismatic opposition leader were out of order.

The labour-backed MDC has been embroiled in a leadership row with a clique led by secretary-general Tendai Biti and former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma demanding that Tsvangirai steps down before the 2016 expiry of his mandate.

ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo yesterday told the Daily News that workers were solidly behind the Tsvangirai-led MDC leadership elected at the last elective congress in 2011.

Moyo said Biti, for years Tsvangirai’s most loyal lieutenant, and his co-conspirators, would not be invited to this year’s May Day celebrations.

He said the trade union was not backing any individual but were following procedure.

He said workers were finding it difficult to comprehend what he described as “the lawlessness we are reading in the press.”

Biti declared last weekend that he and his clique had unilaterally suspended Tsvangirai as party leader accusing him of stifling dissent, ignoring party structures, corruption, rigging internal elections, and creating his own cult of personality.

Tsvangirai was suspended together with his deputy Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Morgen Komichi, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and his deputy Abednico Bhebhe, but they have all scoffed at the suspensions.

Tsvangirai was responsible, Biti’s clique concluded, for “the complete Zanufication” of the party.

Tsvangirai has since described the palace coup as a “non-event”, with thousands of his supporters camping at Harvest House, the party

headquarters, on Sunday to show solidarity with the veteran opposition leader.

The acrimony in the party was sparked when Mangoma wrote a damning letter to Tsvangirai in February in which he accused the former premier of having lost the moral standing to continue representing the party.

Mangoma also alleged maladministration and embezzlement of party funds by Tsvangirai notwithstanding the fact that he as deputy-treasurer was the custodian of the funds.

The ZCTU, together with the National Constitutional Assembly and other civic organisations formed the MDC on September 11, 1999.

Moyo said: “As workers we follow the rules. We believe that party structures should be given the opportunity to evaluate their leaders at congress and make a decision whether to give them a fresh mandate or to renew.

“We are not necessarily saying leaders must not be changed but it is the manner in which it is being done that we have a problems with. Colleagues might have genuine concerns but we are talking about issues of procedure here and workers have said they would never countenance such lawlessness.”



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    thembani 9 years ago

    Which workers, how many are they?Most of us are unemployed.

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    CHAUYA 9 years ago

    You are right tembani . Unemployment rate is 90% so most people of voting age are unemployed . Does it matter then what those employed have to say . After all they are the minority.when was the meeting with the workers held to hear their views held

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    Kelly 9 years ago

    Let them rally behind him, last time I checked he did not raise even a pebble for them . All I saw was him messing around and did not even bother removing MDC supporters from prison whilst he was PM and now that he bundled up everything he starts going to the roots and pretending to care. His Zanoid friends did not even give him a boy scout post

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      Isu Zvedu 9 years ago

      Now forgetting chazuro nehope, Tsvangirai brought $ nechingwa kuvanhu

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    Christian Ndlovu 9 years ago

    Dear Editor,
    Sø much for MT and his gang. A rag tag leader lacking strong moral fibre, which negatively
    exposes him as a
    TB,s track record is not as clear yet save for being a strong advocate for change. At a glance he appears more geared for strategic thinking than his erstwhile ex leader ; MT.
    This whole circus hinges on a single ethnic leadership and domination. Strangely it is prone to dictatorship and
    Food for thought!!

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      Jono Austin 9 years ago

      A womaniser! Oh dear oh dear oh dear. How dare he! What a wicked wicked man!

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    Wena Thembani! whats wrong with you? Which Zimbabwe are you living in? Cant you sense that MDC T will emerge stronger and bigger after the rotten tomatoes are in the political dust bin?

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    thembani 9 years ago

    hlaba lungene
    I live in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.The Zimbabwe where Tsvangirai claims to have won elections 3 times. Yes I agree with you after yhis may be things will be better.the shake up was necessary.hoping what comes out of this will be the beginning of the end of Mugabe.

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    kelly 9 years ago

    Hmmmm lets see Biti has openly come out as friends with Zanu Pf plunderers and has even been defense lawyer for Gono and making sure he gets away with people’s resources, no wonder he is creating the split. Tsvangirai on the other hand has been grossly incompetent and fails to deliver the democratic change over and over even when he is declared winner he does not have the stomach for bold decision!!!
    Of all the MDC smart heads cant they vote for another leader other than these 2 jokers???