MDC faces split?

HARARE - Political analysts fear that the MDC faces another split as it emerges that there is a group in the party which is clamouring for the removal of their leader Morgan Tsvangirai following the party’s loss in the July 31 disputed poll.

Speculation of a possible splinter has increased and two weeks ago, influential MDC member Roy Bennett demanded that Tsvangirai resigns, a view reportedly shared by some top officials in the party.

However, the majority in the MDC are reportedly backing Tsvangirai saying he should lead the party in the next elections.

The MDC leadership has maintained that it would be folly to blame Tsvangirai for the loss saying Zanu PF rigged the elections while respected political analysts like Eldred Masunungure have in the past attributed the party’s loss to complacency.

Munyaradzi Gwisai, head of International Socialist Organisation in Zimbabwe said the MDC lost the election because they lost touch with their constituency, mainly the poor working class.

The party’s poor performance during the election has given rise to dissenting voices within the party which enjoyed popular support over the past decade.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora disputed claims that the party was in trouble.

“There is nothing like that. There is just one MDC united behind president Tsvangirai,” Mwonzora said.

Maxwell Saungweme, a political analyst says a split in the MDC is inevitable because there has been a series of tactical mistakes and lack of coherent leadership before and after the July 31 elections.

He said splinter groups within the party were already in existence and were comprised of losing members of Parliament who agreed with Bennett.

“Even what happened in the past week regarding mayoral elections, shows a party whose centre is no longer holding. There are also many adventurous and power hungry officials within the MDC-T at present who think Tsvangirai is the weak link in the party’s chain at present. Given all these factors, it is not unfounded that people can talk of a possible split with the MDC-T. A split is a possibility and might be coming soon,” Saungweme said.

He added: “In any case, after failing to wrestle power from Mugabe three times in a row and even after amending the party’s Constitution to allow Tsvangirai a third term at the party’s helm, common sense should be telling Tsvangirai to step down. His tendency to want to cling to power under these circumstances will inevitably cause another split.”

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Shakespear Hamauswa  echoed the same sentiments but added that a split might prove positive for the MDC leader.

“If anything, he (Tsvangirai) might benefit from the split if it becomes inevitable, but at the same time he should also use the other faction to his benefit. They all have interests, he can manipulate their interests and focus on leadership change, then he can set up a committee to steer the discussion structured in a way that will leave his buddies in control,” he said.

He said by doing so, the committee would then take its time and divert their focus from attack.

The former trade union boss has also come under fire from some of his followers who accuse him of having double standards.

After the election results were announced, Tsvangirai said his party would not take part in government activities saying Zanu PF should go it alone.

In an interview with First TV recently, Tsvangirai who recently appointed a shadow cabinet said he was working hard to ensure the party did not disintegrate.

Comments (24)

seka haiku. Takazvitaura kuti tumapepa twemanyepo utwu daily ne newsday tuchapandukira mwene Tsvangirai neMDC. Hezvo one by one they are now all subtly or explicitly calling for inept Tsvangirayi head. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that this is in line with the papers Western Sponsors who are fed up with Tsvangirai but want to use newspapers to influence the few MDC supporters left standing. Its very easy to become irrelevant Tsvangirai, Baba Jukwa vapera sehondo no reporters, news and tv agencies worthy there salt are following any of there activities. It can only get worse. Meanwhile President wevanhu vari kuAMERICA zvavo

daisylo - 23 September 2013

Despite you guys at the Daily News repeatedly writing in your newspaper over the past two years that you do not take or survive on donor funding, it is quite clear that Zanoids like 'daisylo' actually want you to get Western donor support. Maybe you should, if only to spite them.

Magagula - 23 September 2013

Any changes in MDC-T are just like re-arranging deckchairs on the stricken ship Concordia. MDC-T like Concordia is now only fit for the scrapheap. MDC-T is not serving any purpose. What exactly are MDC-T policies? They seem more like ZanuPF in everything except the name only. What have/are they trying to do? Is it to unseat ZanuPF? How do the MDC-T unseat ZanuPF when their policies are the same? What was the point of joining the coalition with ZanuPF when they came of worse? In 2008 they had 47% but only managed 34% in July 2013 - this is not progress by any stretch of imagination. ZanuPF is stronger now than it was in 2008. The election rigging in July 2013 was fatal for the MDC-T. Since 1999 they have been trying to unseat ZanuPF military and have failed and there is no chance of them doing so in the future. They are wasting political space - they should just fold. What do they hope to do to overcome ZanuPF military assisted by the police in the future which they have been unable to do now? They have been using the wrong strategy all the time. Charisma will not work when dealing with the military assisted by the police For as long as MDC-T treat ZanuPF military as the elephant in the room they won't get far and are wasting people's time and money.

Musona - 23 September 2013

Keep dreaming and sell yo paper reporter but there is no split

Mhofu - 23 September 2013

What should expect from a party led by political adventurers and brigands and banditos whose stock in trade is treachery and dangerous buffoonery/

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 23 September 2013

We the grassroots are not worried by the split because its simply a split of top leadership and not the grassroots. People are firmly behind Tsvanirai. Let those who want to leave know that they are doing that at their own peril. We have seen that with Ncube, Sikhala, Gwisai etc. Those should not be power hungry and disturb their ambitions. The revolt is only by few poeple from the executive but they will not move with supporters. People are with Tsvangirai just like what it is with Mugabe in Zanu Pf. There are those who tried to revolt but they lost it and some even begged for forgiveness and rejoined Zanu Pf.

Maxwell N Khumalo - 23 September 2013

If MDC T splits , that is their downfall big time and that is exactly what ZANU PF wants. ZANU PF is waiting happily for the split and they know that once the party is split, then they will laugh out loud and then ZANU PF will win more elections to come while MDC T is wasting time squabling for change of leadership. People are blaming Tsvangirai for losing elections but he did not lose , ZANU PF cheated big time , ZANU PF were in charge of the ballot boxes, NIKUV belongs to ZANU PF and the whole ZEC belonges to ZANU PF. So ZANU PF was able to big time without any fears of being caught. So do not blame MDC T for losing elections, they were cheated by ZANU PF and MDC T now should not split because if they split, that is the end of MDC T.

Sutu Case - 23 September 2013

AS for TSVANGIRAI he is not going anywhere until MUGABE goes ,BENNET is just one person whom we won't miss even if he resigns from the party afterall he is in EXILE we can't be told what to do by someone who is not on the ground .A split in MDC will not come anytime soon so to ZANU diehard supporters get yourself some PANADO BECAUSE they are still more HEADACHES TO COME.The dream of a one party state of ZANU will not be achieved like what they did to ZAPU ,anywhere they had to marry because the only difference in their name is just P & N in essence it was one thing.These so called political analysts they do not apply their minds properly they say what people want to hear at that moment after a few hours they say something else.

CASHTALK - 23 September 2013

AS for TSVANGIRAI he is not going anywhere until MUGABE goes ,BENNET is just one person whom we won't miss even if he resigns from the party afterall he is in EXILE we can't be told what to do by someone who is not on the ground .A split in MDC will not come anytime soon so to ZANU diehard supporters get yourself some PANADO BECAUSE they are still more HEADACHES TO COME.The dream of a one party state of ZANU will not be achieved like what they did to ZAPU ,anywhere they had to marry because the only difference in their name is just P & N in essence it was one thing.These so called political analysts they do not apply their minds properly they say what people want to hear at that moment after a few hours they say something else.

CASHTALK - 23 September 2013

Make all the noise and wild dreams you can ever imagine and enjoy while the sun shines....but when you wake up you will realize that MDC T is Tsvangirai and tht Tsvangirai is MDC T and tht Tsvingirai is the people/povo and the people/povo is Tsvangirai....nothing will change this scenario and also a reminder tht the recently held elections were stolen....so those who wish to break away from the party are free to do so and the day they will come out publicly the n they will realize how correct the above statement is....in fact I doubt if ever the so called splint is real or just another zanupf strategy ......

Musharukwa wekanyi - 23 September 2013

Let them split,at least the dzungu guys will see how tough it is to fight zanu pf I bet you the splinter group will end up joining zanu pf after or before 2018

gandangaguru - 23 September 2013

Divided or United Mdcs are nothing to withstand party of the pple. To be truthful there was no rigging on the 31st july elections. Honestly Mdcs have done nothing credible to the youth, women and main leagues, but rather complacency which even annoyed the audience at their rallies. A good example is Heya Shoko in Bikita West after he had won 2008 he never revisited his supporters, not paid his agency and not even say thank you. So how can that party win? This is the truth with almost all Mps who had voted in Masvingo for Mdc previously. The poor results was just because of ignorance on the part's side and no rigging I repeat. @Daily news Tsvancry's party is NOT MDC but Rather MDCT

komo - 23 September 2013

Split ko iyo M D C -T yakabatana here?Wheather it is called MD C T Split we will still take them to the cleaners in 2018.

Colonel - 23 September 2013

MDC WAKE UP, JUMP OUT OF ZANU PF HANDS PLIZ

GLEZ - 23 September 2013

According to MDC-T ZANU PF rigged elections, there's no such thing as complacency on their part. Can anyone really tell what they did for and in their constituencies between February 2009 and July 31 in 2013? If some very high ranking party members think Morgan Tsvangirai has failed what would have stopped the masses to defect back to ZANU PF over the past 4 years? Solve internal problems and blame ZANU PF for what you fail to do! Rigged election is no valid excuse... Your cheap talk will cost you my vote in the next election

Donovan - 23 September 2013

Whati we wand to say to Tsvangirai is go-o-o!!! Go pisi-furry! Ende, if he does'nt wandi to go pissi-furry, we wirru rimuvhi himu viorendry!!!! Ring a bell anyone? What goes around, comes around, what goes around comes around....sang the good rastaman

simba - 23 September 2013

The reality at ground is the spit is there but what is needed now is that when it happens those who goes out of MDC-T should look for a different name not to tarnish the good name of the part by calling it MDC find your own name and see if you have support like M Tsvangirai t and stop confusing people.Split or no we will & rally behind MDC-T.

benzi - 23 September 2013

MDC is a powerful party. We love it. We respect it. We are united. Write as much much as you want. We are getting more united than before. We will spite you in our unity. Chinja maitiro.

Mavara Azarevhu - 23 September 2013

Let those who are not happy in mdc T move away . You remember what happened to pro Ncube where is he ? We have been told of this split a long time when is it going to happen. Whether it takes place Tswangirai will remain the darling of the nation

Dibulaanyika - 23 September 2013

tsvakirayi is mdc no wonder it is called mdc tsvangirai as long as he leads the mdc zanu pf would be happy the equation is open zip policy + dullness= defeat

bere - 23 September 2013

Daisylo, president wevanhu ari kuitei kuAmerica when kids are dropping out of school becuase of hunger

Rudadiso - 23 September 2013

Open up ballot boxes for forensics audit if anyone won fairly. Then any one split or spit

Ballot Box Audit - 23 September 2013

@Dibulaanyika Tsvangirayi is not a darling of the nation, instead he is a darling of the British Foreign Policy. Very soon with develoments in UK where ZPF has been allowed to operate without much political restrictions Tsvangirayi will be like the doomed Titanic Ship that never reached it's destination. Watch the movie if u hv time, then link that with the MDC-T situation. Typically the same.

Hlongwane Spinach - 24 September 2013

Tinokutendai vanorota MDC T ichi splita, nemi munoishuwira nevakaiona asi kunesu vanoramba vari mairi, Batai mashoko, yaTsvangirai ichatonga, Tsvangirai nesu ka1, we dont see leaders in Profs, Drs, etc but in Tsvangirai

garwe - 25 September 2013

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