Mugabe backs MDC rebels

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday took an unusual step of showing support to expelled MDC rebels led by Elton Mangoma on the grounds that they had freedom of speech. 

The remarks raised eyebrows, given that Mugabe, in power for over three decades, is 90 but has not yet designated a successor in his own party.

Mugabe spoke in the wake of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s move to expel a senior official and his allies who had failed to follow constitutional procedures to have party leader Morgan Tsvangirai quit.

The MDC national council summarily expelled Mangoma, Last Maengahama, Jacob Mafume and Promise Mkwananzi.

Mangoma in February alleged he had been beaten up by Tsvangirai loyalists while emerging from a party meeting. He lodged a police report, alleging Tsvangirai masterminded the beating, an accusation strenuously rejected by the MDC leader. The case is now before the courts.

Mugabe said the MDC should resolve their internal squabbles in peace or split in peace without violence, adding the rebels had a right to raise objections to Tsvangirai’s continued leadership.

“Kana muchisayana, vanobuda vobuda parunyararo kana vachida kuita party yavo, voita parunyararo (If there is a break-up, it must be in peace and if they want to have their own party, so be it, in peace),” Mugabe said, in a speech during celebrations marking 34 years of independence from colonial rule.

“Haungarambidze vane pfungwa dzakati kuti, kuitawo chido chavo kana kutaura  honzi wazvitaurirei. Ko freedom yakauya nerusununguko inenge yobva papi? (You cannot ban people from having a different opinion, where is the freedom that came with independence?)”

“Hatidi hun’an’a pakati pedu. Avo vatiri kunzwa vari kuda kurovana pamusana pekuti havachanzwanana, aiwa, tirikuda kuti vagadzirise nyaya dzavo  pakunyarara vari mumaoffice. Zvekurovana hatidi (We don’t want quarrels among us. Those fighting because of internal differences, we say no, we want them to resolve their differences in peace.

We don’t want violence),” he said.

“Hatidi violence, takaramba violence kare . Itai nyaya dzenyu parunyararo, gakava rinoitwa asi vanhu vanogarisana pasi. (We say no to violence, we rejected violence long back. Resolve this in peace, there might be differences but they must be civilised)”

Mangoma and his renewal team have challenged their expulsion from the party, saying it is a legal nullity.

In his Independence Day message, Tsvangirai made a thinly-veiled attack on the expelled rebels, comparing Mangoma to Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 original apostles of Jesus Christ infamous for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the hands of the chief Sanhedrin priests in exchange for a payment of 30 silver coins.

“On the day they nailed the Son of Man to the Cross, we learn a great lesson from Jesus’ betrayal by those who walked and lived with him.”

“It remains a great lesson to us as mere mortals, that the betrayal by those close to us should not sway us from our mission. We learn that the 30 pieces of silver in the pockets of those around us should never sway us from the sanctity of our mission because we know that our cause is just.

“We ask our loving God to cast away the spirit of Judas Iscariot, the spirit of betrayal that continues to afflict and roam the earth to this very day. We know our Lord God will expel and exorcise this bad spirit from some among us; the spirit to sell out for the love of a mere 30 pieces of silver. Just as the 30 pieces of silver were not worth Christ’s mission, so too is our cause and struggle too great to warrant a prize,” Tsvangirai said.

On the campaign trail,  party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and key Tsvangirai loyalist has ridiculed Mangoma’s insistence that he will not be forced out of the labour-backed party.

Chamisa said Mangoma was not there when the party was formed in 1999 as he only surfaced at the 2006 congress following the party’s infamous split in 2005.

Internal party documents claim Mangoma was working in cahoots with Zanu PF to unseat Tsvangirai, a charge he has out rightly rejected.

Comments (23)

There is no need to sensationalise what Cde Mugabe said against violence in MDCT in order to sell the unpopular Daily News! Cde Mugabe advised against violence , not supporting Mangoma whose political strategy seems naive. The Daily News tried during the last year elections process to positively project MDCT in vain, a party that is now past its shelf life! This pro MDCT paper also got carried away with Baba Jukwa bullshit , thereby making MDCT foolishly complacent ,until the results came out burying the useless Jukwa! Politics is the art of the possible not day-dreaming with one`s journalistic pen! When will the Daily News start being balanced, pro bono publico?

Cde Mzvinvhu(Prof) - 19 April 2014

There is no need to sensationalise what Cde Mugabe said against violence in MDCT in order to sell the unpopular Daily News! Cde Mugabe advised against violence , not supporting Mangoma whose political strategy seems naive. The Daily News tried during the last year elections process to positively project MDCT in vain, a party that is now past its shelf life! This pro MDCT paper also got carried away with Baba Jukwa bullshit , thereby making MDCT foolishly complacent ,until the results came out burying the useless Jukwa! Politics is the art of the possible not day-dreaming with one`s journalistic pen! When will the Daily News start being balanced, pro bono publico?

Cde Mzvinvhu(Prof) - 19 April 2014

Some Zanoids like this @Cde Mzvinvhu(Prof) clearly drink too much Zed for their own good. Instead of focusing on the man and the party who have not just killed the Zimbabwean economy, but also murdered thousands of innocent fellow Zimbabweans in Matabeleland and the Midlands, plus hundreds more around Zimbabwe when they lost power in 2008, he focuses his hired gun on the Daily News. What cheek! If this nanogenarian dictator of yours does not condone violence how come he never has anything to say when his party supporters rape, brutalise and murder innocent opposition supporters?

Beta - 19 April 2014

Some Zanoids like this @Cde Mzvinvhu(Prof) clearly drink too much Zed for their own good. Instead of focusing on the man and the party who have not just killed the Zimbabwean economy, but also murdered thousands of innocent fellow Zimbabweans in Matabeleland and the Midlands, plus hundreds more around Zimbabwe when they lost power in 2008, he focuses his hired gun on the Daily News. What cheek! If this nanogenarian dictator of yours does not condone violence how come he never has anything to say when his party supporters rape, brutalise and murder innocent opposition supporters?

Beta - 19 April 2014

Kanti nxa uPresident ekutshilo kulani.U President ukhula okufunwa nguye hatshi wena ndoda. Wakutsho u Papa.

mariyeti mpala - 19 April 2014

Upresident ubusa labe MDC so kumele athule NA? nxa ebona izinto zizimbi ?

mariyeti mpala - 19 April 2014

I've a question for u learned Prof Mzvinvhu. If Daily News is so unpopular as u say, why are expending time and energy reading and analysing the paper so much?

Km - 19 April 2014

Makorokoto va Mangoma and Biti vatsigiri venyu vawanda kunyanya ve ZANU PF. Madii mabatana navo. Madzidzisana kuti economy inogadziriswa sei. Ruzvinji rwakamirira 2.2 million jobs dzavarikurongerwa ne ZANU.

Ndaneta - 19 April 2014

I like Daily News but there are some journalists who are to say the list, unprofessional..

dungas - 19 April 2014

I think the old man is just giving a point to Mangoma and team that they can move out from the MDC T. I think by being expelled it shows that they are not needed in MDC T but they are refusing to go which is baffling. The old man has given you support Mr Mamgoma and team fambai zvakanaka form you own part and leave the failed MDC T in peace

Gwenaz - 19 April 2014

ichokwadi her Mr president kuti munhu haarambidzwe kutaura pfungwa dzake. Does this apply in zanu pf and zim at large? A you saying this out of good faith? Only God knows

waakah - 20 April 2014

Sorry if I cam across as a Mugabe supporter. I left CIO since I learnt that Mugabe had killed Tongogara and Rx my two heros. However please forgive him can't you see he had a mini stroke and this affected his brains.

Cde Mzvinvhu(Prof) - 20 April 2014

Dzikamai Mavhaire tried it!

Regalia - 21 April 2014

What about..Roy Bennet,Eddie CrosS,Ian kAY,Tendai Biti....Mr Morgan Tsvangirai,be fair enough...all the guys i mention above called for Leadership renewal in your MDC-T Party...why are they still not expelled as well in your Party..........???

silungisani ndlovu - 21 April 2014

Naturally Mugabe would back the mdc rebels because he is their paymaster . Unfortunately they failed to do what they were paid to do . S orry mani try next time

Diibulaanyika - 21 April 2014

Naturally Mugabe would back the mdc rebels because he is their paymaster . Unfortunately they failed to do what they were paid to do . S orry mani try next time

Diibulaanyika - 21 April 2014

the old guerilla leader should stop making noise about this issue. how long has he been clinging to power throiugh dirty means? he is talking about freedom yet e robbed zimbabweans of their freedom. mr mugabe, mangoma is a counterrevolutionary who is standing in the path of a democratic process.

GMAN - 22 April 2014

to late,we told them even before the maputo sadc meeting.this guy tsvangirai is never or is not a leader at all,he is short of leadership credentials. the people made mdc to tick all along,but when the going gets tough when it was time for him to intervene he was no where to be seen.i personal i one time told Pachedu, this is the dismiss of mdc,they will never stand again. what we need is a people driven movement which will be prepared to die or to kill.free zimbabwe at all costs.if mugabe is saying he wont give zimbabwe away with a pen, he means his words.{ tsvangirai lacks political intelligence}zvanyanya when is the end,zimbabweans we are to honesty,but this is killing us.the salary gate? they do as if they dont know, them zanu. they are 100% aware of it.

chando - 22 April 2014

Ndibatiseiwoka hama pazvakataurwa namudhara kuti ari kutsigira nhubu idzi?

Revai Zvazviri! - 22 April 2014

Does mugabe have leadership credentials?is perhaps destroying a thriving economy and killing upwards of twenty thousand of your own people part of this demonstration of an ability to lead?So says some of the brain dead walking among us.These are the depraved souls who will support genocide,outright incompentence and corruption simply because Mugabe is their fellow tribesman;mwana wekumusha a.k.a homeboy!!?

mascara - 23 April 2014

Ndiwo ma Politics ema Zimbo, kufarira kuwa kwevamwe, ngati tarisei zvinhu zvinoita kuti nyika ibudirire; Kana tichirikushandisa mari dzevamwe hatisati tanyatsokumira toga;

Muprofita - 24 April 2014

Yes Tsvangirai wanga waenda.Havo vakuru vabuda pachena. Does one 've to go to school to understand what the president said?Mangoma&company failed patheti cally Mr.President.Think again&thi nk big this time or you will keep paying millions for nothing instead of fixing the free falling economy.

TAMBAOGA - 25 April 2014

mukuru haurevesi.who is Biti and MANGOMA

kundiso - 4 May 2014

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