'Tsvangirai must forgive Biti, Mangoma'

HARARE - Returning MDC former secretary for security and ex-St Mary’s legislator — Job “Wiwa” Sikhala — feels like he never ditched the party.

As he speaks to Senior Assistant Editor Guthrie Munyuki, the firebrand politician makes a passionate plea to colleagues who have formed their own outfits to return and aid Morgan Tsvangirai in his quest to bring change and dislodge Zanu PF. Below are the excerpts of the interview.

Q: How many hearts have you broken by rejoining the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai?

A: The number is quite substantial — a big constituency. There have been people who have been trying to discourage me from rejoining the MDC.

There have been night meetings trying to scuttle our reunification with the founding president of the united MDC — Morgan Tsvangirai.

I have noticed my importance because of the number of people who wanted to be my advisers at this late hour.

But unfortunately some of these people who wanted to give me advice were the people who made the decisions I was not in agreement and also people who made their own political positions which I did not think were wise yet these people wanted to be my wise counsellors over my political decision.

I have taken this decision after thorough consultations with the people I worked with in the MDC 99.

We had meetings and caucuses to see how best we could respond to the invitation that had been extend by Morgan Tsvangirai.

We later decided that for the common good of the people of Zimbabwe because there had been a national outcry that we would not be able to deliver change while we were splintered.

So after serious considerations we noticed that our egos are not enough, we are derailing the wishes of the people to see a free society and deliver a new Zimbabwe.

This is not about Morgan Tsvangirai, this is not about Job Sikhala but it is about the people of Zimbabwe who need to be plucked from the jaws of Mugabe’s dictatorship.

Q: Why are you re-joining the party when there is infighting and apparent loss of confidence in Tsvangirai?

A: What I said passionately to Tsvangirai is that the mark of a great statesman is seen by the ability to forgive.

If myself and him could find each other and forgive each other there is nothing that can stop him from forgiving colleagues who have worked with him longer than me.

I made that call and appeal to him that the spirit of the late Nelson Mandela who was able to forgive his tormentors should possess him.

Now Zimbabwe needs a great statesman and great statesmanship can be seen by previous behaviour and that behaviour which is believed, I have forgiven him, he has forgiven me.

That is the characteristic of a statesman. He (Tsvangirai) should be able to forgive Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma.

Q: What value are you bringing to the MDC?

A: I think you have noticed yourself how much this development has brought.

It is talk of the town, people are excited about the resurgence of the original MDC of 1999 where people had one goal of removing people from the jaws of Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship.

This is the gift of unity that we are giving to the people of Zimbabwe, a gift that brings hope for a new change and hope for a new Zimbabwe which has been our agitation since 1999.

They must expect from me total commitment to the cause of change and undivided loyalty.

People are going to see a Saro Wiwa totally more energised than the one they knew in 1999 to make sure that Mugabe is defeated.

We noticed that in our small splinter groups that (goal of defeating Mugabe) would remain a mirage.

Q: Do you see more value in bringing back on board the likes of Welshman Ncube, Esaph Mdlongwa and others who were part of the original MDC?

A: It is not about value (alone) but it is about common principle. Does it bring hope to the people? Will it rejuvenate and galvanise our people into the cause of the revolution?

There is no doubt about it that the people of Zimbabwe will be more galvanised if they see everybody coming together.

If Professor Welshman Ncube is really a great thinker the way he wants to portray himself and want the people of Zimbabwe to think he is; this is the time for him to really respond positively to the call for unity.

The people of Zimbabwe have suffered enough. They are no longer able to have a decent meal a day yet we are their hope.

We cannot continue to stall the hopes and aspirations of our people because of personal egos and differences. Mugabe must go.

Q: Suppose everyone comes back, including Welshman and Lovemore Madhuku, how will you work for the common good with Tsvangirai as the president, given you guys also harbour presidential ambitions?

A: It is no longer any issue about presidency of different political parties.

What President Tsvangirai needs to do is to reach out vigorously and energetically to the other leaders you have talked about and try to knock sense into their heads that the utmost gift Zimbabweans want at the present moment is unity of purpose.

Unity to realise that we can no longer spend our energies on our trivial differences.

Zimbabweans are no longer looking at our struggle on the difference of individuals but how they would able to cross the rubicon and how they will be able to cross river Jordan and this can only be delivered through the unity of purpose of all democratic forces.

If we are genuine and seriously love Zimbabweans we cannot continue to live in defiance.

The struggle for the people Zimbabwe is much bigger than our individual and selfish ends.

Q: Tsvangirai has failed three times — translating 15 years — to defeat Mugabe. What makes you think that in 2018 if he is the MDC candidate, he will win the elections?

A: Tsvangirai has never been defeated by Mugabe.

The first thing that you have to know is that from 2000 all the elections were rigged and manipulated.

Not only is that it also known that Tsvangirai clearly won the 2008 elections.

And he was subjugated to terror and violence for him to accept a defective inclusive arrangement, an inclusive arrangement that was not the interest of the common person in our country.

And I think he (Tsvangirai) agrees that it was the greatest blunder for him to accept that opaque arrangement which was made by Sadc and also Thabo Mbeki.

We must not only blame Tsvangirai for the failure to defeat Robert Mugabe.

We must blame all of us. We have not been able to see the broader national picture that tells us in unity there is strength and in disunity there is weakness.

Comments (21)

This is about the best truth that we have been made forget and bury by all media. In 2008 Mr T did not loose. Let argue if the result in 2008 had been vice versa something would have been done to tweak them make someone is the victor in 2008 and that would have been the end of it. So out of 3 Mr T won 1 and lost 2 if are to call it that. When he won there was a recount/audit wihout a court order and and when he lost the recount/audit was denied flat out. Food for thought!

Educated - 17 March 2014

Very good point Mr Educated.When Mr Tsvangirai won,there was a delay to announce the results,a lot of things happened to subdue the results.But when the geriatric leader 'won'the results were quickly announced.Shame on them.Welcome back home Sarowiwa.

josefa chinotimba - 17 March 2014

Cde Wiwa of the MADZANAMBWANANA FAME regai tione after conference kuti musangano unosvikakupi tingafana kuita mutambamhuru bongozozo rigotanga futi

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 17 March 2014

Add weak plus weak equals double weak. Come 2018 MDC will have 5% vote

Shebba - 17 March 2014

There is great strength in unity.

SANDILE NARE - 17 March 2014

Illusions of grandeur..."We had meetings and caucuses to see how best we could respond to the invitation that had been extend by Morgan Tsvangirai. We later decided that for the common good of the people of Zimbabwe because there had been a national outcry..."

JUZ - 17 March 2014

Some nincampoops always spoiling for a fight, is this guy really trying to build or destroy? Instead of striking a conciliatory tone you go on to insult Ncube..."If Professor Welshman Ncube is really a great thinker the way he wants to portray himself and want the people of Zimbabwe to think he is; this is the time for him to really respond positively to the call for unity."

JUZ - 17 March 2014

merely consolidation of begging efforts, nothing else towards 2018 they will split again to make way for a zanu pf victory, tsvagai mari sarowiwa

liton james - 17 March 2014

kutaura tingataura zvedu zvakawanda sei? but kutaura idi save havana kubvira vambokurirwa nasekuru never. but kubirwa chete. mwari ndivo vanoziva time and it will come vanhu vasingadi kana kuda. if god says save is going to rule this country who can say no zvaana chiwenga nevamwe vake zvokuti haazofi akatonga mubedroom mavo ndimo musingazotongwi nasave chete not nyika ino haisi yavo to hell wth them

garatichatonga - 17 March 2014

sakala is not sure of his words.:Tsvangirai did not lose any election.He went on saying tsvangirai did not lose alone. so what happened.

nyasha - 17 March 2014

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CARTRIDGEGALLERY - 17 March 2014

sikhala did biti say he wants morgan's forgiveness ? they want him gone. how do u reconcile that ? mudzuri, mangoma, biti, moyo. madzore. bennet. etc

bollo billings - 17 March 2014

Forgive him for what? Tsvangson is no God. MDC is not his personal property. .

Qiniso - 18 March 2014

the prodigal son. well come back. you have seen the light. tsvngirai did not lose elections but was nikuved

rmunemo - 18 March 2014

Well said the greatest attribute of any statesmen is the ability to forgive. In 1980 in his ever best televised and published speech RGM extended reconciliation to his former foes and this led to stability and economic boom in the country. When he abandoned that the effects are there for everyone to see. As such if Tsvangirai claims to be a great statesman he has to forgive his rebellious cadres.

aluta continua - 18 March 2014

Well said the greatest attribute of any statesmen is the ability to forgive. In 1980 in his ever best televised and published speech RGM extended reconciliation to his former foes and this led to stability and economic boom in the country. When he abandoned that the effects are there for everyone to see. As such if Tsvangirai claims to be a great statesman he has to forgive his rebellious cadres.

aluta continua - 18 March 2014

The MDC has missed it big time. With the rumoured resignation of Biti and Mangoma, that puts the party in the intensive care unity. how can such a party start decaying before it is dead.

Joseph Mzungwana - 21 March 2014

Sikhala... MDC99... what counts in this business are the people who vote for you. How many votes is this guy bringing to MDC-T? How did MDC99 fare in any election? Pane zvaahwandira Sikhala wenyu uyu... time will tell

Tess Goredema - 21 March 2014

you spent time speaking of ZANU PF tell the pple what you capable of doing, that's why you muchidyiwa becoz you waste time pamarally muchitaura rimwe bato, look at ZANU PF, they spent majority of their time speaking of indigenisation, women and youth empowerment, value addition, income generating projects, poverty, alleviation projects, vana Sikhala bring new ideas not kuti ZANU yaora, kana Mugabe chino nechino matopererwa nepfungwa, maona kuti zvigaro zvinogonakubuda pakabva vanaBiti naMangoma learn something from ZANU PF, mandimbandimba epolitics kwete zvenyu zvekuda kutsvaka chouviri, huyai tikupeyi minda murime hamudi, saka tokuitai sei.

VIGILANTE - 22 March 2014

I now believe what someone said to me that these MDC guys are all CIOs. Look what the so called "big guys" in MDC are doing. The Bitis, the Mangomas are all rebelling against their leader and the party and have started showering ZANU PF with praises, a clear sign that they were already affiliated to it when we took them for leaders in the MDC. Tsvangirai himself is a CIO. How can he accept Sikala back considering the sentiments he uttered when he left the party? It weakens the party to take again on board people who once left the party and in the process spitting venom at the leadership, you give those people positions in the party, leaving those who have been local to it since its inception. That shows lack of seriousness, Mr Tsvangirai. Whats so important in those rebels you are failing to get in other people? You are all ZANU PF's CIOs

kasukuwere - 22 March 2014

Educated ,i want to know something from you where were you educated because it seems you are educated in some form of education that only you alone knows ask Mugabe he knows that Tsvangirai is the people s choice since 2000

sheba - 22 March 2014

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