MDC to summon Bennett

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC will summon  exiled treasurer-general Roy Bennett to seek clarification on statements he made that the MDC president must quit.

Bennett, who is in self-imposed exile, called for a new leadership of the troubled opposition party, suggesting that Tsvangirai’s continued stay in power did not reflect the will of the people.

In an  interview with the Daily News, MDC chairman Lovemore Moyo, said his party was summoning the former Chimanimani legislator for clarification on his statement.

“I am yet to read the interview where Bennett made these statements but I can confirm that I have heard about it,” Moyo said. 

“As the party chairman I am going to summon and ask him to explain these statements you are referring to.  We have internal processes which we use to discipline our members who make statements that bring the party into disrepute."

“Bennett is a senior member of party and should know better, and he has to explain to us what he meant in the interview he made about the party leadership. Otherwise, I don’t want to comment much on the issue without hearing his side of the story.”

Bennett, now living in South Africa and United Kingdom since he fled the country in 2010 facing charges of treason, told South African newspaper Business Day that Tsvangirai should resign.

“Tsvangirai has served two terms and is nearly completing a third,” Bennett said.

“Deep introspection needs to be undertaken by our national collective leadership not for purposes of looking for scapegoats but for our party to reinvigorate its leadership with a leadership which reflects the will of our people. Regrettably, some within our leadership, as is the case with many political parties, do not wish the grassroots democratic will of the people to prevail.”

Notwithstanding Bennet’s stance, Moyo said the party still believes in the leadership of Tsvangirai and other members of the national executive who were chosen at the party’s congress.

“We still believe in Tsvangirai as our leader as I know that he has the mandate of the party members to lead them,” said Moyo.

“I am still the national chairman of the party until 2016 when we go to the national congress for the elections of new leaders of the party."

“The struggle for democracy is not yet over, and the elections results are a minor setback, we shall bounce back. I can tell you that if Zanu PF had not rigged the elections we had defeated them and this is why we had gone to the courts to challenge the elections results.

“We are not going to cooperate with Zanu PF in any way as we don’t want to legitimise them because they stole the elections.”

Comments (13)

Bennett has expresses his mind ,most of the people who joined MDC wanted a chance to lead.Tsvangirai has done his part he must give others a chance,He must accept defeat and allow others to bring new ideas.How can a leader allege that the ellection was stollen when results can be seen at ward leve.MDC must rebrand and offer itself as an alternative party not opposition that opposes even good things.It must call off the sunctions they are not working inthier ellections they will be beaten by a bigger margin

M MUZHUZHA - 15 September 2013

Bennet should not go to the Press if he has grievances.I am sure they are channels to be followed according to Party policy. He is now destroying the Party from within.If he wants change of Leadership then he should either call for a conference or ask if the other members of the National Executive for a vote of confidence.Infact this Leadership issue should be dealt with American Style -the people's choice.Remote control does not work.

Squarebasher - 15 September 2013

this indeed is a party of confused people. lovemore moyo says he has not yet seen the comments that were made by Bennett. hey, that on its own send a not so inspiring message. how can a chairperson of a party like mdc-t up to now have not seen the comment. having asked that, why then is moyo commenting as if he believes bennett uttered those words. if he is true to his word that he is yet to see bennett's comment, i guess he was not supposed to say much. his talk tells a bigger story than what he wants us to believe.

black Crow - 15 September 2013

Bennett is dead right - Morgan must step down, he is worse than useless - a waste of space.

Musona - 15 September 2013

Leave Bennett HE IS DEAD RIGHT ! You can't preach about Democracy in the country when your own party structures are rotting. Lets take his word !, Moyo you are just a man who believes in anachronistic ways of leading a country and too attached to Tsvangirai than the party itself let alone the people of Zimbabwe

senator - 15 September 2013

Bennet is right, he is worried about his hard earned cash he is tying on dead wood like you and your cronies. You guys went into Govt. and came out with nothing to offer. The man is in exile and not even one of you tried to negotiate for his return, Besides when MT offered himself as collateral when the man was in remand prison. The elections were conducted in your presence, but you dont have proof of how the elections were stolen??? You expect Bennet to believe you and continue supporting failures. You think he is donating to a circus club? You owe Bennet the clarification of how the election was stolen right on the tip-off your nose, and are clueless of what transpired on 31st of July 2013.

Laura - 15 September 2013

If at all MDC T members need their party to survive they must change the leadership and Tsvangirai must go.As Zimbabweans we don't need one party state,but surely under the current incompetent, selfish ,arrogant,uneducated and puppet Tsvangirai we are going nowhere,l mean it!!

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 16 September 2013

MDC will find it difficult to win elections, today, tomorrow and forever. The reasons are within MDC itself, Ok!

Tafirenyika Mudavanhu - 16 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in the rural areas/villages so they can have very cheap electricity. Very interesting. Go to (SOLARTECH.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (SOLARTECH.CO), not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 16 September 2013

Bennet was right in this opinion but wrong in the forum he is presenting his issues. His frustrations are understood but as a senior member h must know that doing what he did is presenting zanu pf with an opewn cheque to kill his party

chailingoma - 16 September 2013

It's unfortunate that at the moment we have no serious contender to the Mugabe throne other than Tsvangirai. Mugabe knows that. The day the opposition disposes tsvangirai of that post Mugabe is the one who celebrates the most, the CIO celebrates the most, ZANU PF will rejoice the most. As intellectual as Biti is I doubt if he commands the grassroots respect as Tsvangirai. Actually Biti is the one who threw spanners into the electoral boycott call by Tsvangirai just before these elections. Biti is more to blame for the loss than Morgan because Morgan had foreseen the stealing of the elections prior to the election.

rex - 16 September 2013

hazvina kunzi MDC is not a strong contender. Zviri kunzi MDC boast is the champion of democracy and they should live to their word. If 2 terms expire step down and another one takes over period. There should be a clear succession plan of who follows after who. What the party should do is to have permanent interests. Leaders are just variables but the same agenda chete chete. what we are refusing is putting faith in individuals instead of institutions, processes, and systems...u see... for as long as we think an individual can do it...for a long time we shall have challenges...lets develop a culture of good governance...and eliminate this syndrome of hanging on....but rather lobby for strong institutions where the leader wont deviate from the set platforms whilst maintaing permanent interests...thats my view. thats all. we should build the confidence of excellence in paries not selfish interests

open minded - 16 September 2013

I think it was the best forum for Bennett to express himself , if you really think of the definition of democracy and freedom of speech. Doing with party bureaucracy will complicate the whole process . Hail Bennett

senator - 16 September 2013

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