MDC-Team intensifies effort to oust Tsvangirai

THE MDC Team this week intensified efforts to wrest control of the party from veteran leader Morgan Tsvangirai by holding three provincial council meetings in Masvingo and the Midlands.

The Team’s spokesperson Jacob Mafume told the Zimbabwe Independent yesterday that the “well attended meetings” had various objectives, chief among which was to inform party structures of the “suspension” of Tsvangirai along with his deputy Thokozani Khupe, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora and other high-ranking party officials.

“We discussed several issues including the suspension of Tsvangirai and the top leadership,” Mafume said.

“We also informed our members that our Members of Parliament and councillors are safe in their positions and cannot be recalled by Tsvangirai and his associates as threatened.”

Mafume also said the meetings discussed the ideological realignment of the party focusing on “the recognition of the importance of the liberation struggle as part of our pan-African identity”. Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma addressed the Masvingo meeting while Samuel Sipepa Nkomo addressed two others in Gweru and Vungu in the Midlands province.

The MDC-T was rocked by a split following Mangoma’s letter to Tsvangirai calling on him to step down in the aftermath of the party’s disastrous showing in the harmonised elections of July which were overwhelmingly, but controversially, won by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

The letter triggered the suspensions and eventual expulsions of Mangoma, Biti and other MPs and councillors who sided with them. These subsequently re-constituted themselves into the MDC-Team which also suspended Tsvangirai and other senior party officials as the battle for control of the party intensifies.

Other members of the MDC Team are MPs Solomon Madzore, Willias Madzimure, Paul Madzore, Roselyn Nkomo, Moses Manyengavana, Watchy Sibanda, Evelyn Masaiti, Judy Mazhavave, Settlement Chikwinya and Reggie Moyo.— Staff Writers.

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19 Responses to MDC-Team intensifies effort to oust Tsvangirai

  1. Tongo May 30, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    The one in Masvingo whose pictures were in the press, is that a well-attended meeting? This is not worth the space this story has been given.

    • Chamboko May 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Did you not know that ZANU(PF) has now dumped the Herald and is now using Newsday and its sister weeklies The Independent and The Standard?. By the time people realize that Newsday = Herald the junta will have moved on to another “independent” newspaper. The objective is to use propaganda through newly created media because no one believes Herald and ZBC anymore.

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  2. Papa Dad May 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    There is discord between what Mafume and Biti are saying. While Biti says they will soon form their own party, Mafume says they are realigning the mdc-t. If they are forming a new party there is no need for realignment becoz they are starting afresh. These guys are confused out to destroy the mdc-t and nothing else. If they want to identify with the struggle, in what way then are they different from zanu pf. They can not win any new votes for doing that for they that is zanu pf turf. They are now thinking like zanu pf so why can’t they just join zanu pf rather than starting a new entity similar to zanu pf. Does one become pan african by recognising the struggle. Vakuhamana vakoma ava. Ver y soon they will be preaching to us that they are more pan african than anyone else just as zanu pf thins it is more patriotric than anyone.

  3. Mr Bio May 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    These people are really mad and confused. By the time they will realise kuti vari kuhwandirana pachavo and pane vari kushandiswa it wil b too late. Wangu muromo ndasona hangu ndakuokera ndiri nechekure

    • African Warrior May 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Papa Dad, the armed struggle does NOT belong to Zanu(pf). It belongs to the People of Zimbabwe. Yes Zanu played a co-leading role. But that was the old Zanu NOT the current gang of thieves! Yes we need change and we need urgently BUT we cannot rubbish the armed struggle. It was our struggle. Longlive the People’s Struggle! To hell with the stealing Zanu!

    • Bruno May 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      Well observed Mr Bio

  4. joe rug May 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    They decided to call them Provincial meetings after realising the low turnout.Mbiti & Mafume must get a life.

  5. azahr May 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    thanks for the story, can i have more details on it.

  6. kkkkk May 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Ayas! How and why are they safe from recall sir? How can you suspend Tsvangirayi and his colleagues before moving on to form another party sir? What is this intended to achieve?

  7. wamaromo May 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Editor sometimes you need to cover this so-called provinicial meetings. Some of us from masvingo actually know the number of people who think Biti can make it and our fingers can be many if we do a head count. Don’t just quote this Mafume guy. he is realigning MDC_T and Biti is trying to come up with a Joshua Movement JM, so you can tell this is a confused bunch of idiots.

  8. Shungu May 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Mbiti imbiti akomana if he was a good leader why didnt he (mbiti) manage to do something in the GNU he was the secretay general of the party full of powers.

    Me as a Zimbabwean i will never vote for mbiti

  9. Citizen May 31, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Zimind group manyadzisa.pindai mupolitics mosiya zve mapepa.Asi Trevor Ncube anodawo kutonga kana kuti ane personal grudge naTsvangson

  10. Roy May 31, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Vakadya vose mari yakabva kuZanu vangadii. Vanofunga kuti nekushoropodza Save vangawana rutsigiro hakuna zvakadaro. MaStructure anotaurwa akaitwa nani uye kupi. Manyepo. Kutungana kwe mbudzi

  11. BOSSMAN May 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Ava ndo vanhu vari confused manje, kuwhina struggle you have to use a brand name. Mbiti you only have 3 years to the next election to develope a wining brand. Do you think thats possible, really!!!. Wazvipinza munzara umwe wangu.

  12. cde shefu May 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    biti urimurume go on and further divide the already torn party. But u will never never rule zimbabwe .god forbid. Zim ndeyejunta mwane

  13. Taliban June 1, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Alpha media stables are accused of being pro-zanu pf just because they write the truth! That shows how dangerously myopic the Zimbabweans have become! Alpha media papers are the only balanced and objective newspapers left in Zimbabwe! They report all the negative side of all the political parties and society, which is good for a civilized society! Keep it up guys at Alpha media!

  14. chira June 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Hey! Hey! Small boys vanaboyi if you are men now build your new base without making unnecessary noise. You still go around trying to ruin the image of Morgan…He e…this and that.You are still toddlers sure.I am sure one day you will walk.Stop being loud speakers by luring not worthy attention. Thanks for leaving the shrine you left spaces for others. Greedy people whom do you envisage to be part of you.Not this time around.Find your new name and let bygones be bygones.

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