Tsvangirai stays on

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is not stepping down from his position as party president after his disputed poll loss to President Robert Mugabe.

Amid calls from some quarters in the MDC for the former Prime Minister to step down, speculation has been rife that all is not well in the opposition movement which is still reeling from the  July 31 election outcome.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, described as “beerhall talk” claims that the former trade unionist mulled stepping down soon after the poll.

“He has never wanted to run away from his mandate given to him by the people at the congress in 2011,” Tamborinyoka said. “Being the democrat he is, he has said leadership renewal is not a sacred issue nor taboo. However, such an issue should be done through successive national council meetings. Be that as it may, it is true that he has called for debate on the succession issue but at the right platforms.”

Tamborinyoka said the post election narrative was not about removing Tsvangirai, but “appreciating how Mugabe rigged elections.”

“The issue of leadership renewal is something that should come from the people, and only debates at beer binges are suggesting that Tsvangirai should go,” Tsvangirai’s spokesman said.

“The post election narrative is how Zanu PF stole this election and not leadership renewal. But people are free to talk, that is why no one has disappeared after saying Tsvangirai should go.”

Exiled MDC treasurer general Roy Bennet and former Marondera Central legislator Ian Kay are among top MDC officials who have publicly called for leadership renewal in the former ruling party.

But with the MDC’s elective congress due in 2016, Tamborinyoka indicated that his boss, if he loses the elections, “has no intention of overstaying his welcome”.

“He has never at any point considered quitting but if he is voted out he will leave office. It is cheap beerhall talk to say he is ready to quit, but come elections he will not stay a minute longer if someone is given the mandate,” said Tamborinyoka.

Now in his 14th year as the leader of the MDC, critics say he has failed to deliver Zimbabwe from Mugabe’s 33-year-old rule.

In public, Tsvangirai appears to have the backing of the party’s top decision making body and millions of its supporters who maintain that the 61-year-old leader is still “the face of the struggle.”

Names that have been touted as probable successors to the coveted MDC presidency include party secretary general Tendai Biti and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, who both have publicly stated their loyalty to the former trade unionist.

In an interview on Thursday, Chamisa said the party’s executive is fully behind Tsvangirai saying “he is the voice of the struggle, he is our best foot forward he is the only game in town at the moment.”

“We are in the middle of a mortal combat with challenges that are so clear in the country, we need to democratically fight for democracy and good governance fight and ward off illegitimacy fight and ward off this bad governance we cannot do that by fighting ourselves. President Tsvangirai is an embodiment of who we are so we can’t start fighting ourselves hoping that we will win the war that way,” said Chamisa, who is in charge of organising the opposition movement that has been bedevilled by discontent.

The MDC youth assembly yesterday also threw its weight behind Tsvangirai, saying their president carries “a brighter future full of opportunities for everyone.”

“He has the answers to the cries and challenges faced by the youth, mostly to do with job creation, genuine and sustainable youth upliftment, provision of good health facilities among others,” the MDC Youth Assembly said in a statement. “Any other utterances in the corridors of rumour are null and void.”

“The Assembly encourages all the Zimbabweans who voted for the MDC in the recent elections to remain resolute, Dr Tsvangirai shall lead us to Canaan soon.”

Comments (8)

he is the voice of the struggle, he is our best foot forward he is the only game in town at the moment.” Meaning MDC -T is the party for those people in town...Guys can you see how the MDC- T party is loosing it on a daily basis.....I don't expect this kind of comment Nelson. I even advised you last time on this platform that your party should serious convince us in diaspora and if you are really very serious...you should be like Professor Johns ok...we are sick and tired of those childish comments please...What do you mean by the game in town. Does it mean that MDC-T belongs to voters in town...Thats why you lost the elections because ZANU PF is the people's party hence their rural majority town votes including towns as well..If you say Harare where you are all based......then l will say YES not the whole Zimbabwe......stop this balderdash please MDC

Clemence Tashaya - 13 October 2013

"The issue of leadership renewal is something that should come from the people, and only debates at beer binges are suggesting that Tsvangirai should go,” Tsvangirai's spokesman said. But hey this guys is forgetting that the majority of voters in Zimbabwe are those who buy beer at local bottle stores......Let me advise this guy that its actually an insult to tell beer drinkers that their discussions are worthless......Hope you are not coping our own Juju Malema's statements coz Juju belongs to ZANU PF bra or cde..........those folks who drink beer are mostly the voters in our elections all over the SADC region and please next time...don't shame or expose yourself with those silly comments...even during your elections, you were even buying alcohol for your supporters and whats knew in taking alcohol at a bottle store bra....drop the chip and torse from your shoulders ok

Clemence Tashaya - 13 October 2013

"The issue of leadership renewal is something that should come from the people, and only debates at beer binges are suggesting that Tsvangirai should go,” Tsvangirai's spokesman said. But hey this guys is forgetting that the majority of voters in Zimbabwe are those who buy beer at local bottle stores......Let me advise this guy that its actually an insult to tell beer drinkers that their discussions are worthless......Hope you are not coping our own Juju Malema's statements coz Juju belongs to ZANU PF bra or cde..........those folks who drink beer are mostly the voters in our elections all over the SADC region and please next time...don't shame or expose yourself with those silly comments...even during your elections, you were even buying alcohol for your supporters and whats knew in taking alcohol at a bottle store bra....drop the chip and torse from your shoulders ok

Clemence Tashaya - 13 October 2013

Tsvangirai and mdc will now understand why ZANU will not do without Mugabe . The succession talk is as challenging to ZANU as it is to mdc.

Lux - 13 October 2013

Among differences between Mugabe and Tsvangirai are a) Mugabe managed to win all elections disputed or not and Tsvangirai none b) Mugabe does not crawl to foreign governments particularly the British for political backing c) Mugabe has a clear mind as to what he wants to achieve. Tsvangirai fumbles around such, as on whether he to participate in harmonised elections with reforms or not. Tsvangirai is simply is dim witted.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 14 October 2013

Tsvangirai started very well but lost it along the way. You have shown us that Mugabe has brains than you. MDC leadership is brainless, where were you with zanu pf stealing the votes. It only prove to us that you are not ready to rule. You rely on foreign ideologies, you don't have any strategies. Come 2016 never contest the elections ,leave everything to Biti and Nelson

rune - 14 October 2013

I can quite understand MDC supporters with Tsvangirai but do they necessarily have to go to the bottom of the barrel for scraps? Neither Biti nor Chamisa can stand a chance against Tsvangirayi in a contest in a year of Sundays! Rather they should start thinking very seriously themselves of what the their political careers will look like without Tsvangirayi rather than go on unproductive mastaburtory forays..none of them is leadership material and outside Tsvangirayi's shadow they are toast! This does not say Tsvangirayi is the best for the MDC but comparing him to his two lietenants in an insult to the great SAVE! There are other players within the MDC who can carry the torch from Morgan and because they love the MDC more than positions they are quietly working for the party behind in the shadows...and the good thing is they are known, so its not like the MDC does not have good leaders who can take over from Tsvangirayi and take the party to dizzying hearts there are quite a lot of them out there!

gutter poet - 14 October 2013

Apologies.....that first line should read: I can quite understand the frustration of the MDC supporters..

gutter poet - 14 October 2013

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