Tsvangirai swims in a sea of troubles

FORMER Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is currently swimming in a sea of troubles amid calls from within and outside the party for him to resign, as well as an unprecedented revolt against his leadership by the party’s newly elected councillors.

Report by Brian Chitemba/Elias Mambo

However, Tsvangirai appears determined to resist the wave of growing unpopularity as he insists that he will not step down from the party leadership and is in fact positioning himself to secure a new term to remain at the helm in the 2018 elections.

In an exclusive interview with the Zimbabwe Independent on Wednesday, Tsvangirai insisted he would remain in charge of the MDC-T as long as his party members gave him the mandate to stand as a presidential candidate in the next polls.

He has been leader of the MDC since its formation in 1999 and if given another five-year term at the 2016 congress, he would be president of the party for 21 years.

The former premier contested presidential polls in 2002, 2008 and this year, but failed to unseat President Robert Mugabe, resulting in a spirited push to oust him, with MDC-T treasurer-general Roy Bennett suggesting that he steps down to pave way for leadership renewal.

“Why do we need leadership renewal?” Tsvangirai asked. “To do what? What are the merits and de-merits and what are the pitfalls. Because of a stolen election? It’s neither tactful nor strategic, no, no, no, it cannot be a vote of no confidence from newspapers and analysts. It’s in the interests of the organisation to have an open debate; after all I have said it’s time to talk about leadership renewal.”

He described Bennett’s statement that he resigns as “irresponsible” because he was aware of formal channels to air his views within the party. Tsvangirai was for the first time since the controversial defeat on July 31 speaking out on a number of issues including the raging MDC-T succession debate, election rigging, Sadc’s role in Zimbabwe, Nikuv’s involvement in elections and his marriage affairs.

Tsvangirai said Mugabe won with the assistance of the Chinese and controversial Israel security company, Nikuv, which manipulated the voters’ roll where 850 000 people were double-registered while 115 000 were over 90 years.

To prove that the voters’ roll was shambolic, Tsvangirai said he approached Mugabe on the eve of the elections where he presented complaints in the presence of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo who was the head of the African Union observer mission. Mugabe in turn blamed Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede, he said.

Tsvangirai also threatened to recall the councillors who voted for Zanu PF mayors, before claiming they were paid US$500 bribes each in Chitungwiza while in Victoria Falls, a senior minister allegedly bribed them and a ruling party official also did the same in Mutare.

20 Responses to Tsvangirai swims in a sea of troubles

  1. Kirimu Dhonanzi September 20, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    So councilors were bribed with only $500? If true, then it’s a pity. MDC-T must have a vetting system for all aspiring councilors who should be people of great stature in society. You can’t just invite rank marshals and pickpockets to be councilors.

    • Kajamba September 26, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      Taura hako.

  2. Black Crow September 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    MDC-T is a weak political institution. if they have a sound intelligence department then they should have detected this long back and if possible came up with a financial scheme for these councillors that was far much better than what zanu jongwe was offering. they were supposed to ‘bribe’ their own councillors with something double or treble to what zanu jongwe was offering. when stakes are high, you use every means possible to prevail.

    interestingly, tsvangirai argues that he is not going anywhere and shall lead the party as long its membership still wants him to remain the leader. If i may ask Tsvangirai, who is actually calling for your stepping down? is it not the membership you are talking about? can’t you see that its now ‘bhora musango’ because of your ‘handiende’ stance?

    so if the membership does not want you and you insist that you will be there by ginya, whose interests will you be serving? no wonder why the party’s name has your surname, an indication that it is your personal project, it’s not a people’s institution.

    meanwhile, enjoy your fight Mr Sharp U-turns.

  3. k. mkwananzi September 20, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    you bribed Bhebhe and co. 2008 what goes around will surely come around to bite u.You set a prescident

    • Gukurahundi upbringing September 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      He wanted to destroy the MDC green machine, and never thought the same could one day befall his own MDC Teas and buscyits party!!

      Indeed, what goes around comes around – SUFFER!!

      • N. Sithole September 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

        And where is the green machine as of now? The last I heard about it was that it lost every seat that it contested, including my home district of Mangwe. Now they are silent. Or was it ‘mission accomplished’?

  4. Joe Cool September 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    This man has lost the support of intelligent voters, so if he’s around in 2018, he will be competing with Bob for the votes of fools.If his party leaders can’t see that he is now a liability and rid themselves of him then they are themselves irrelevant. Hopefully someone will start a new party in the New Year and we can move on.

  5. Mukorekore September 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    This is the final test. Tsvangirai all along knew Mugabe as the enermy, but God wanted to reveal to him his true friends. Imagine if the MDC would win the election with all these councillors and stupid advisors. It was going to be disaster, however, God works in funny ways at times. Now all is being revealed to the man , who is with him and who is not. Its a blessing people.

  6. Taurai Tinzwe September 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    “Why do we need leadership renewal?” Tsvangirai asked. “To do what? What are the merits and de-merits and what are the pitfalls. Because of a stolen election? It’s neither tactful nor strategic, no, no, no, it cannot be a vote of no confidence from newspapers and analysts. It’s in the interests of the organisation to have an open debate; after all I have said it’s time to talk about leadership renewal.”

    Does this guy ever listen to himself speak???

    • N. Sithole September 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      And you guys who are calling for leadership renewal are not even members of his party, just like myself. So. what is at stake for you? One would have thought that those who could not garner even a single seat are the ones who need leadership renewal.

    • Chiiichocho September 26, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Thats what I call a discerning mind buddy. You tell them and HIM @Taura Tinzwe. The man does not think when he talks. President of a country? We will surely move in circlces.

  7. Mberengwa September 21, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Leadership renewal my foot! Tsvangirai mberi till atonga. Why do you hate the man after all he did for Zimbabwe? He is not the enemy here but a victim of stolen elections just like you and I that wanted democracy and fairness for our land.

  8. Hilda September 21, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    tsvangirai is not a democrat , now i know and i am 100% certain

  9. dokun September 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    view from abroad
    tsvangirai has become one of them, that is SIT THIGHT AFRICAN LEADERS .
    democracy is a game of renewals. after three eletion defeats, morgan should allow the party to have a renewal. he should not try to play God by saying he is the best that ever happen to MDC-T. the T in the name of the party was for convenience sake at the moment it came up . it was not for morgan to claim ownership of the party.
    well, its only a question of time, cos those who want a true democratic party where everyone will be free to exercise claim to leadership qualities will leave the party for morgan and his cronies.
    until then , there is no difference between a Mugabe and a Tsvangirai , they both love power and want to remain president for life.
    Zimbabweans, shine your eyes and see through both of them. THEY ARE THE PROBLEM AND SO CANNOT BE THE SOLUTION

  10. Vodloza September 22, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    This N. Sithole chap must be smoking something dangerous or he is a complete idiot from Mangwe.

  11. harawa September 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    so you want him to step down from whose party its tsvangirai;S party its called mdc tsvangirai its the property of the tsvangirai so its the other way round those who no longer want him they should leave his mdc t and form their on party since mdct is now a private property surely in the name of mdc tsvangirai you cant fire the owner , start your own parties

  12. mwana wevhu September 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    guys does tsvangirai ever listen to him self when he speak…l jst wonder,quoting from the above statement……..,,””””“Why do we need leadership renewal?”
    Tsvangirai asked. “To do what? What are the
    merits and de-merits and what are the pitfalls.
    Because of a stolen election? It’s neither tactful
    nor strategic, no, no, no, it cannot be a vote of no
    confidence from newspapers and analysts. It’s in the interests of the organisation to have an open
    debate; after all I have said it’s time to talk about
    leadership renewal.”'”””hope u have read for your self…then wat kind of a leader would he b,,,hatidi vanhu vari remote controlled isu…be lyk our own Father..Bob..

  13. Homo Habilis September 24, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I know no democracy if Tsvangirayi remains at the helm of this doomed Party(Mooment for Deranged Change- Tsano). Both leaders are the same, they will not relinguish power given the opportunity.
    Look at other democracies, American,British,French and even Mzansi. PERFECT. Leaders don’t cling to power like ticks(vampires).
    Someone shouts ‘Green Machine, Green Machine……’ scoff. What kind of a party is that. I thought Caps United was doing politics not football. Gukurahundi UpBringing,MBONISI or Lindani, Phunyuka, whatever you name is. go to hell. uyazwa scoffffffffffff.,

  14. guti September 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Why do we need leadership renewal? To do what?

  15. Kiro September 27, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Maone. Tsvangirayi apatight. He is wondering why people are tokin about leadership renewal yet in the same statement proudly claiming ownership of the same. Ndapererwa i guess he was misquoted

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