MDC remains intact: Mwonzora

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC says it remains intact and strong even after its failure to dislodge Zanu PF during the July 31 harmonised elections.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said although his party was disappointed with the outcome of the harmonised elections claiming they were rigged in favour of Zanu PF, it faced no prospects of mass defections.

He said he was unaware that Tsvangirai’s adviser Alex Magaisa was resigning and returning to the United Kingdom to continue his work as lecturer.

Magaisa a lawyer, was head of the political and legal affairs department in the Prime Minister’s office and with Ian Makone heading the administrative unit.

“I have not heard anything about any of our members resigning. I am on good talking terms with Magaisa and he has not hinted that he is going to resign.

“Everyone is determined to work for the party and we endorsed our leader Tsvangirai to lead us in the democratic fight,” said Mwonzora.

The MDC spokesperson said the party was still operating in full force and was going to be defending the political space it gained in the elections after its members of Parliament participated in the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

He said the MPs will attend the official opening of the 8th Parliament by President Robert Mugabe.

Two weeks ago, Tsvangirai held a two-day seminar with his top leadership to review the July election and map the way forward.

Meanwhile, staff who worked in the abolished Prime Minister’s office, have vowed not to join the public service saying they are going back home to Harvest House, the MDC headquarters.

Responding to a story that was carried by the State-controlled media yesterday, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said those who think he was ever a civil servant are living in dreamland.

According to the report, Tamborinyoka along with top officials who served under Tsvangirai during the tenure of the inclusive government should report to the civil service offices.

But yesterday Tamborinyoka, said he was never employed as a civil servant.

“In 2010, I joined the Prime Minister’s Office from Harvest House, where I had worked for six years as its Director of Information and Publicity,” Tamborinyoka said adding that “upon joining the PM’s Office, I was never attested into the civil service ostensibly because they said I was a party activist, only to read in today’s (yesterday’s) newspaper that I am a civil servant.”

Yesterday, the State-controlled media quoted Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba warning Tamborinyoka together with other ex-Tsvangirai staffers not to make public pronouncements on national issues since there are mere civil servants.

“If he (Tamborinyoka) wanted to pursue a career in the civil service, he is better advised to report to the Civil Service Commission.

“But also for him to know that he can no longer just speak, there are rules,” said Charamba.

“He is not in the president’s office, he is not a presidential spokesperson, he is not a ministerial spokesperson, so he cannot just speak as if he does not know that July 31 (election date) has come and gone.

“You do not just open your mouth in the service. He must resign and then he can become a spokesperson of whoever he pleases and no one will ask questions.

“He must not pronounce himself as long as he is a civil servant on behalf of a politician. He must resign,” Charamba said.

Tamborinyoka brushed Charamba’s assertions saying: “I have never been attested into government service, I don’t have an EC number and have never received any salary from my purported employer. If this fiction is anything to go by, then this government owes me a salary for three full years!” he said.

“It is a status that only Charamba knows about and not me, the purported civil servant.

“He should tell and show the world any evidence they have that I am a civil servant including any documents and/or contracts that I signed when I joined the civil service,” he stated.

Comments (10)

Morgan, Morgan, Morgan, vamwe vakundwa mu election ana Kevin Rudd varikurizaina ku Australia iwe urikurambira pachigaro pasina chaunoziva iwe wakakundwa muma elections. Ibva apa mhani.

Musona - 7 September 2013

While the people of Zimbabwe have been robbed of the opportunity for leadership change, MDC T continues to disappoint. We continue to wonder why they say MDC is now stronger. How can it be stronger when it has been denied the chance to lead this country? How can it be stronger when the hope the Zimbabwe had about the new Zimbabwe continue to fade as each day pass? How can it be stronger when Zimbabwe continues to guess how we are going to get out of this mess? How can it claim to be stronger when we do not see any strategy in place? How can it claim to be stronger when there is so much inconsistencies and no coherence in any position or direction? I am sure there are millions like me out there that have been fade up with zanu but my faith is fast loosing and dread to imagine that MDC –T is doomed. Wake up and smell the coffee. We are tired now of the statement yekuti MDC is now stronger with no substance. Disappointed Zimbabwean!!

Simon - 7 September 2013

Mdc-T is still intact and every sane Zimbabwean should know that.The fact that elections were rigged infavour of Zanu pf by Sadc must not kill the party.What we must be thinking about is how to break the fraudulent relationship between Sadc and Zanu pf so that the next election in Zim is not going to be stolen again by these thugs calling themselves Sadc when they are working for hopeless liberation movements.For the Mdc-T,it's Aluta Continua.Go-Morgan-Go!

chovha - 7 September 2013

@Musona did Mugabe not cause havoc in 2008 when he lost elections to Tsvangirai? Inga your Mugabe akarambirira pachigaro iye akundwa muna 2008. Mugabe refused to concede defeat in 2008. Tsvangirai will remain MDC T leader muchida musingadi. Tsvangirai will remain MDC T leader for us. @Musona you are a ZANU PF messenger sent to write rubbish about Tsvangirai.@ Musona you are forgetting that your leader Mugabe haasikuda kubva pachigaro , so leave Tsvangirai alone you messengers of instability.

Big Gonzo - 7 September 2013

iwe shamwari usanyepera vanhu about MDC-T being intact.hapachina apa .the executive in the MDC-T should start panl beating their weak areas in the just ended big loss.stop talking abut 2008 / 2013 elections being rigged coz iye MORGAN naMwonzora chaivo vakashaya umbowo unotaridza pachena kuti there was vote rigging kana iwe hauna umbowo iwowo.saka usapedzera vanhu nguva uchitaura zvekut MDC-T is now strong rather its now weak up to a time when they could prove to us that they are now strong.ZANU(PF) ndiyo iri kutotonga Tsvangirai,Mwonzora,iwe neni tose.

papa - 7 September 2013

iwe shamwari usanyepera vanhu about MDC-T being intact.hapachina apa .the executive in the MDC-T should start panl beating their weak areas in the just ended big loss.stop talking abut 2008 / 2013 elections being rigged coz iye MORGAN naMwonzora chaivo vakashaya umbowo unotaridza pachena kuti there was vote rigging kana iwe hauna umbowo iwowo.saka usapedzera vanhu nguva uchitaura zvekut MDC-T is now strong rather its now weak up to a time when they could prove to us that they are now strong.ZANU(PF) ndiyo iri kutotonga Tsvangirai,Mwonzora,iwe neni tose.

papa - 7 September 2013

Vanhu-weeeeeeeeeee zvitoto zvichagara zviri zvitoto

Colonel - 7 September 2013

NO LIFTING OF SANCTIONS. CHITONGAI TIONE, LET'S SEE ZANU-PF FULFILL THEIR ELECTION PROMISES. WE WON'T BE THERE TO PROVIDE SOFT LANDING. MDC FOREVER!

MDC_forever - 7 September 2013

As far as I am concerned MDC T is going nowhere.Those who thought MDC T is now down and out are liers and should go hang like Jonathan Moyo.We the MDC T youth are rallying behind our leadership,and well since zanu pf won the elections,then rule the country.You can rig the elections but not economy Mr Mugabe.Shame on zanu pf thugs.

josefa chinotimba - 8 September 2013

Infact sanctions should not be uplifted,they should add more of them on the zanu pf thugs.

josefa chinotimba - 8 September 2013

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