Tsvangirai charms Byo

BULAWAYO - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday scoffed at suggestions by Zanu PF that the opposition party was crumbling under the weight of internal divisions over leadership renewal.

He said this would never happen as long as Zimbabweans yearn for a change due to problems brought about by the ruling party.

Speaking at a rally at Stanley Square in Makokoba where several high-ranking party officials and speakers pledged their allegiance to the former premier, Tsvangirai said the return of founding members was part of a revived struggle to remove President Robert Mugabe from power and usher in a period of accountability and liberty for the people.

Tsvangirai dismissed as an exaggeration the widely held perception that the MDC was on the verge of collapse arguing that it was in fact on a vigorous rejuvenation path similar to the spirit of 1999 when the party was formed as a workers’ movement.

“The MDC leadership is very clear in terms of our mission and objectives of the struggle and where we want to go. We cannot be diverted by the conflict that is happening in our party,” he said.

“If somebody has a different idea, we cherish that internal discourse.

“If you are a child of MDC who is committed to the struggle for democratic change, you must commit yourself to the vision and mission of liberating the people,” Tsvangirai said.

The party paraded its new members who have re-joined following a spate of incidents centred on calls for Tsvangirai to step down as the chaos on leadership renewal simmers.

Former Mangwe legislator and Copac co-chairperson, Edward Mukosi, Insiza South MP, Siyabonga Malandu both from the Welshman Ncube-led MDC formation and former Gweru Mayor Tedius Chimombe have teamed up to rally their support behind Tsvangirai.

The parade comes a few days after former MDC 99 leader Job Sikhala, who was also present in Bulawayo, re-joined the party together with colleague Joubert Mudzume.

The visit by Tsvangirai to the second largest city, which is one of his strongholds, is seen as a major step in trying to diffuse tensions that have existed following a public fallout with ex-deputy treasurer general, Elton Mangoma and secretary- general Tendai Biti.

Tsvangirai has been previously described as dictator who, just like his former partner in the inclusive government, Mugabe in power for 34 years, now wants to die in power.

Mugabe is also known for crushing dissenting voices, a move that has also fuelled bootlicking lyrics amongst his party, but Tsvangirai holds a different view.

“We are not against individual opinions in the party but all we are saying is there should be a direction. You cannot just wake up in the morning and say whatever you want just like that. Democracy is not mobocracy. We will condemn indiscipline so that the party can move ahead,” he said.

The MDC leader who described the period from now to the next election as a “last phase of the struggle” also condemned violence in its strongest terms.

He however, appealed to the civic society, the church and other stakeholders to come and support the struggle.

“Let’s come back to the basics, let’s go back to the basis of the spirit of 1999 which is the spirit of unity and purpose. That is the spirit that is going to drive us to the last mile. We need that so that we energise the people,” he said.

The former premier dismissed recent media reports that he has called for a government of national unity but said he was for what he termed national dialogue for solutions to Zimbabwe’s problems.

In a response to Mugabe who recently disparaged the internal squabbles and violence in the opposition party, Tsvangirai said Zanu PF was not clean as there was the Joice Mujuru and Emmerson Mnangagwa camps.

However, the MDC Bulawayo provincial chairman Gorden Moyo who is reportedly in the Mangoma camp was conspicuous by his absence.

On Friday, the MDC Bulawayo provincial offices were splashed with graffiti calling for Tsvangirai to step down.

Part of the messages read: “Renew the leadership, join the new leadership, renew leadership and join the new team now.”

Several top officials including MPs, provincial chairmen, senators and councillors were part of the event that was also being used to gauge allegiance to the MDC President.

As such several praises seen as an endorsement of Tsvangirai was the order of the day coming from the speakers to the crowd.

Eddie Cross, who ironically had been in the media calling for leadership renewal, described Tsvangirai as a king. “Tsvangirai yinkosi,” said Cross while greeting the crowd.

Komichi said Tsvangirai was like the Biblical Moses who was sent to redeem the suffering Zimbabwean citizens.

Notable faces in attendance were Nelson Chamisa, Theresa Makoni, Thokozani Khupe, Morgan Femai, Lovemore Moyo, Piniel Denga, Morgan Komichi, Ruth Labode, and Albert Mhlanga among others.

Comments (13)

where was Biti.he was busy represending Gono

nyasha - 16 March 2014


Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 16 March 2014

the hammer(zpfasslicker) you are just being loud for nothing, tsvangirai is people chosen and he is not imposing himfelf since the disctricts endorsed him. wait for the congress and u will see. the fact that the likes of job sikhala are returning to the party suggests mdc will go nowhere. i however need to encourage mdc to take advantage of the current corruption scandals and organise demonstration in the major streets of zim cities. that will gain you further mileage.

cheziya - 16 March 2014

Fools will remain fools and will not see that mdc t is mobilising steadly . The rejoining of the mdc t by the likes of Edward Mukhosi and others speaks a lot about this great leader Morgan who ever doubt his leadership skills is doing so at his or her on risk .Zanu must be scared very scared .

Dibulaanyika - 16 March 2014

If readers of the Daily News did not know better, they would actually think that Rubbish Nyundo, AKA, The Blunt Hammer dislikes the paper. But no, the confused idiot is the biggest follower of the paper while claiming that the paper is useless. Why not just come out openly Cde Nyundo that you are a closet fanatic supporter of the Daily News -- it's allowed even under the ancient nanogenarian's rule. Why else would you spend so much time trawling the Daily News website if you disliked the paper?

Kamba - 16 March 2014

@Nyundo please learn to engage rationally and courteously. Most rational human beings don't read anything rude and written in CAPS!

Musorodamba - 16 March 2014

Here is a clever idea that will silence dissenters from the MDC..Make Khupe president with Tsangirayi as an ordinary member of the top six then come election time Khupe wins it then hands over back to Tsvangirayi..As is Tsvangirayi is damaged goods! People have to be clear about one thing, people are dedicated in their support to MDC not individuals..MDC should put the light between them and ZANU in this regard.

gutter poet - 17 March 2014

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If by wooing a large crowd at a rally is used as a measure for one to cling to power then President Mugabe should rule until amen. The point I am trying to hammer home is that despite the people in attendance at the Bulawayo rally Tsvangirai should step down-Step down before it is late

Nyamhangambiri - 17 March 2014

The people of Bulawayo are tired ZANU PF has let them down big time.Nobody cares about Byo if ZANU PF had it it's OWN way it would get rid of all Ndebele speaking people.

Roland Dube - 17 March 2014

uMkhosi and others are using wisdom because MDC-M is goin in the trenches learned Prof. Ncube must simple swallow pride and remap his political career by joining hands with Tsvangirai. Other than that, the super brains of the likes of Ncubes and Bitis will be wasted in this corrupted Zimbabwean politics. These guys must simply allow Tsvangirai to take them through this phase and then take them legally, i.e if he doesn't mend the constitution 19 times!

Regalia - 17 March 2014

Those clamouring for Tsvangirayi to step down give people the reason why. Tsvangarayi is the peoples' and nobody can change that. The same Mangoma calling for leadership is the same person who instead of availing funds during campaign time , slept on the job. Mangoma and his backers are on the losing side come congress time. If people are not satisfied with the current leadership , why not join other parties or even form their own. VIVA MDC-T N VIVA PRESIDENT TSVANGIRAYI. ALUTA CONTINUA.

SANDILE NARE - 17 March 2014

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