Mbalekwa quits MDC-T


ACRIMONY and internecine battles within MDC-T structures following the July 31 general elections defeat have resulted in the sudden resignation of former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s national security advisor, Pearson Mbalekwa.

Brian Mangwende

The 61-year-old former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer joined the MDC-T in 2007 as a special advisor to Tsvangirai and then moved up the ladder to the post of national security advisor after Dr Martin Rupiya unceremoniously quit.

Mbalekwa served in the CIO for 12 years.

Mbalekwa, also a former Zanu PF MP and central committee member, resigned on Wednesday in protest over what he described as warped policies, indiscipline and lack of trust by the party’s top brass who doubted his loyalty because of his intelligence background.

In an exclusive interview with the Zimbabwe Independent, an emotional Mbalekwa said he would now concentrate on his personal life
“I have quit with effect from today (Wednesday). I held a meeting with the president (Morgan Tsvangirai) and advised him of the same,” Mbalekwa said. “I was not employed by the MDC-T but by the former prime minister and since that office is no longer in existence, I have no job. I have decided to retire from politics entirely and live a private life.”

But impeccable sources said they could see him quitting from the outset because senior party members accused him of leaking information to Zanu PF, an invidious situation which led to Mbalekwa spending three years in a nominal appointment without a job description.

Mbalekwa, whose employment was never formalised with the Public Service Commission, was forced to come with his own job description, but still his advice on security matters fell on deaf ears.

The sources said Mbalekwa was denied the necessary resources despite several requests and forced to use his own money to get work done. Mbalekwa, the sources said, was sidelined in the period leading to the polls, and was without knowledge of either the campaign programme or his boss’s diary.

This was despite assurances from Tsvangirai he would be part of the campaign team.

“I was living in hell,” Mbalekwa said before breaking down. “I never sold out, never sold out, but senior party members accused me of selling information to Zanu PF. They said because I was linked to (Emmerson) Mnangagwa, I would sell party secrets to him. But guess what, I have not spoken to Mnangagwa for the past five or so years until just last week. He is my relative.”

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said he is not aware of Mbalekwa’s resignation. “I know nothing of that nature,” he said.
On whether he would rejoin Zanu PF, Mbalekwa replied: “Not with its current leadership.”

15 thoughts on “Mbalekwa quits MDC-T”

  1. Black Crow says:

    why did they hire him in the first place? if he was supplying them with information, was he bringing credible stuff? Lord have mercy, this party led by Mr Sharp U-turns!!!!!!!!

  2. King Tubby says:

    That explains it. I always wondered how on earth Tsvangirai got lax security and ill advice.

  3. Mukorekore says:

    He forced himself in, How can you work with a CIO. There’s no retirement in CIO.

    1. bachinche George says:

      There is no such thing as resignation from intelligence services CIO included. One just becomes a sleeper.
      MDC were gullible in employing him in the first place.

  4. The next news item coming will say Baba Jukwa, Amai Jukwa, Mugrade seven, Harvestlikis are all CIOs out on a mission to keep Zimbabweans glued to ”the latest” that really takes us nowhere and changes nothing. This time around the old fox was very cunning, lull them to sleep with peace and tranquility then boom Nikuv rigs, apedza mwana wekwaMasiyaharwa.

  5. patrick says:

    Machinja you really are such gullible fools!

  6. Kirimu Dhonanzi says:

    But Mukoma Morgan pamwe munombobhaiza. Shuwa kutora bere musango moriti rava imbwa? Kuitawo here uku!

  7. Chin says:

    With or without the former CIO operative, or with 400 Mbalekwas the MDCs were never going to unseat a ZanuPF military dictatorship backed by the police force and thugs called war veterans.
    If you resign from ZanuPF and join MDC-T you will get a top top position – they have a soft spot for ZanuPF cast-offs. One Tracy Mutinhiri was an automatic election candidate after joining from ZanuPF – she leapfrogged long-standing members of MDC-T. When Jonathan Moyo was in the politicl wilderness from 2005 – 2008 reports were that MDC-T were prepared to give him a top top position.

  8. Chin says:

    Anyone who thinks MDC-T was going to win a mock election against the ZanuPF military dictatorship should have their heads examined. That was never going to happen, and will not happen in the future. That was a total waste of time and money. It just goes to show that Zimbabweans are fast asleep: they don’t understand the politics of their own country.

    1. Chiiichocho says:

      I think you are fast asleep! Zimbabweans voted and elected a gvt of their choice on 31 July 2013. Where were you? Don’t call every Zimbo stupid when you are. Get real sonny!

      1. Chin says:

        @Chiichocho – you stuid brainwashed morn – ZanuPF stole an election – the whole world knows that except you fool. Idiot

  9. Roger says:

    everyone knows that mbalekwa is a zanu pf spy in mdc top office

  10. mambo says:

    you expect to win when you are so dull to the extend of taking cio putting them in top posts

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