It's a clumsy coup attempt: Mwonzora

HARARE - The MDC has dismissed the suspension of party president Morgan Tsvangirai and the party’s top hierarchy by rebels calling for leadership renewal yesterday as a clumsy coup d’état attempt.

In an interview with the Daily News on Sunday yesterday, MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the meeting was meant to destabilise the party.

“This is a clumsy attempt at a coup d’état by some timid leaders who are too spineless to contest leadership of the party at congress,” Mwonzora said.

He said the gathering which was called for by party secretary-general Tendai Biti was not a meeting of the national council — the supreme governing body outside congress.

“Biti does not call national council meetings, only the chairperson and president have the right to call meetings. His duty is to simply write formally advising members of the council,” he said.

Mwonzora added; “This is part of the elaborate covert programme by State security agents, Zanu PF, Mugabe and Welshman Ncube to destabilise and de-brand the MDC.”

The MDC rebels however, insisted yesterday they did everything above board and were already preparing for the next election under a new leadership.

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday soon after the meeting, the rebels’ spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said:

“We will now look at how we are going to tackle the next election under a new president. We also need to engage other

opposition parties because we have realised that we need to come up with a united front to fight dictatorship,” Mafume said.

He said the meeting declared the expulsion of deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma, youth assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore and nation executive member Last Maengahama as unconstitutional. 

The meeting was chaired by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo who is also a member of the advisory council to the president.

But Mwonzora queried how suspended individuals would sit and deliberate on their suspension.

“It is such an awkward thing to have happened in the presence of a lawyer of Biti’s experience that a suspended person sits to determine his suspension. It is so amateurish, it confounds the mind,” he said.

Other top party leaders who attended the renewal team meeting are youth president Solomon Madzore, Promise Mkwananzi, Mangoma, provincial chairpersons; Paul Madzore (Harare), Wachi Sibanda (Matabeleland South), Wilfstus Sitemere (Masvingo), Costin Muguti (Midlands North), Julius Magarangoma (Manicaland), Sengezo Tshabangu (Matabeleland North), Bulawayo provincial secretary Regie Moyo and Evelyn Masaiti.

 

Comments (37)

The coup d'état by Biti & Mwonzora is indeed clumsy. This is crude and divisive and will not achieve the desired goals. The main thing is to move forward with all but with rearranged leadership for better results. MDC T with Morgan Twsangirai in its leadership will remain intact, minus Biti and his crew. Which side are the masses going to support? The masses will remain in MDC T. Ncube & Job Sikhala did exactly that and MDC T remained as it is today. Biti and Mwodzora have totally failed in their leadership renewal approach.

Mbareboy - 27 April 2014

it really evades a reasoning person to have this now. why now have they planned to shame the povo who trudged the ground campaigning for the beloved party. for people like little young Trevor maisiri who died in the violence of 2013 all but died in vain. biti oh biti oh brother where oh where is this strength to break us at time when we were picking up the broken pieces to fight on. heartbroken is an understatement cheated does not even say it, well it is politics and dear beloved brother in the trenches we shall meet when you come to chiendambuya, mutoko and tell us, convince us why you think we should vote for you

mani - 27 April 2014

@Mbareboy point of correction Mwonzora is not on the same side with Biti but Mangoma is otherwise you have a point MDC T will survive yet another storm

Gwenaz - 27 April 2014

To Morgan and gang do not be distracted by this as there is more to worry about not these power hungry lunatics why do they not wait for the congress? Zimbos have waited for 34 years for the freedom and we still not yet there but we will soldier on without them

Gwenaz - 27 April 2014

The late democratic fighters like Tonderai Ndira, Better Chokururama and others must be turning in their graves at this betrayal by Biti and his gang. Reminds me of the lyrics in one of Zhakata's songs "Kwakatanga vakawanda vanosvika vashoma", mimwe mikono yatsauka. Its good that the whites, the donors and the west are showing their colors. To Tsvangirai, the struggle continues. You have made mistakes indeed, you are human but we believe in what you stand for. Something always told me Tendai Biti was up to no good, the 6th sense. I was right.

Kufakwejeyi - 27 April 2014

we thank you people like mwonzora who stands firmly by the povo even during this time of suffering. the likes of biti are after money and i tell you they are filling their pockets right now. the povo is after independence. a new zimbabwe without corrupt leaders like biti and his colleagues in zanu. i always wondered how biti of all the lawyers could represent gono. i thought it was democracy. now i know. you won't go far guys. when zanu broke away from zapu it went far because it brought a new strategy of war which was necessary during those times. war is outdated and destructive. what other new ideas can you bring us. tsvangirai is our hero. he may not be perfect but by persecuting him you are bringing the povo even closer to him. i know you are a group of very rich and well educated people. how can you stand for us the poor who have been suffering since 1980. keep your money and we will keep our tsvangirai.

dexter madhodha - 27 April 2014

we thank you people like mwonzora who stands firmly by the povo even during this time of suffering. the likes of biti are after money and i tell you they are filling their pockets right now. the povo is after independence. a new zimbabwe without corrupt leaders like biti and his colleagues in zanu. i always wondered how biti of all the lawyers could represent gono. i thought it was democracy. now i know. you won't go far guys. when zanu broke away from zapu it went far because it brought a new strategy of war which was necessary during those times. war is outdated and destructive. what other new ideas can you bring us. tsvangirai is our hero. he may not be perfect but by persecuting him you are bringing the povo even closer to him. i know you are a group of very rich and well educated people. how can you stand for us the poor who have been suffering since 1980. keep your money and we will keep our tsvangirai.

dexter madhodha - 27 April 2014

I for one suspect zpf's dirt hand in all this circus, look at the timing, soon after Mr Mugabe publicly showed his support for them

Ini Zvangu - 27 April 2014

I, thank people like Mwonzora for showing us that Tsvangirai is incapable of uniting MDC lest the country. When Welshman Ncube left the MDC it was because of Tsvangirai, Mangoma saga it was Tsvangirai, the problem is Tsvangirai. Finally the MDCis expelling the problem, the cancer in the people's movement. If history teaches us anything when Sithole was expelled from ZANU he and his supporters called it a coup and all name under the sky, but he never ruled Zimbabwe. Just as the alleged rumour that a Nigerian Prophet told Tsvangirai, he will never rule Zimbabwe. The best thing for Tsvangirai and company now is to form MDC Ndonga. Zimbabweans do not support a failure, 3 elections and he failed to ensure election reforms, lying to us that Mugabe will not call an election without his (Tsvangirai) approval. Will Tsvangirai, now be visiting SADC Heads of State to complain that he is being expelled from the MDC (he is good at that).

Democracy - 27 April 2014

Mangoma, Bennet , mbitiand your so called team (of what????), please your money and we keep our Tsvangirai. The more you want to persecute him, the closer we are to him. For the record, Tsvangirai won all the elections which you are very much aware of. Please M(b)iti forget not that you showed a video on zanu (pf) people who were bussed to against you in your constituency. Zivai kuti makapona nekurutsa, I thought you are learned but surprisingly, you are contradicting yourself. Ahh ko Mangoma wacho aka winner here kwake? Alluta continua Morgan, Nelson, Thokozani, Lovemore, Douglas nemi macomrades, Zvakaoma kudero tinosvika chete Canaan vakomana nevasikana. Hezvokooooohhh Bwaaaahhh

codza - 27 April 2014

Biti and knows that when he and his cronies divide the party the chances of MDC T winning the next election are dented. There has been speculation in the media that Gono could be the next President of Zimabwe. If that happens, Biti is assured the ministerial post of finance minister given the close ties that he has with Gono. shame on you Biti. Ungaita zvakapusa kudaro zvokuti chero vana Sekuru na vana Gogo vano zviona vo. Un fortunately the likes of mangoma hava zvioni kuti Biti ari kubika hari mbiri. Shame on you cronies.

Godwin Mapanzure - 27 April 2014

Maimbo omberera maoko anaBritain vachida kuita illegal regime change in zim. Nhasi modashurwa ne illegal leadership change muMDCT. Kohwai zvamakarira.

Cde Disaster - 27 April 2014

The question that is not being addressed is who will the people of Matabeleland support Tsvangirai or Biti. The real opposition to ZANU (PF) has always been from Matabeleland. People of Matabeleland hate violence, and what happened at Harvest house. I say good luck to Tsvangirai supporters, how will they convince people from Tsholotsho to support Tsvangirai when their children in MDC support Biti. People should remember that ZANU (PF) has never won an seat in Matabeleland. And this where MDC has its stronghold. The rest of the country changes sides according to the weather. Yesterday (1980) they all support ZANU (PF), before they were UANC.

Democracy - 27 April 2014

This is foolish! They talk of democracy without asking us the members opinion - what democracy? Let them move out of our movement and join their paymasters. They are desperate to justify the payments received from the Jurassic dictator.

Senior Observer - 27 April 2014

Apa ndipo pasina nenyaya yese. Biti & Company call for a confirmation rally in Harare at a venue of your choice and let Morgan also call for a confirmation rally in Chitungwiza on the same day. The rally that is attended by most people wins use of MDC -T. Varuza mosiyana ne party yevamwe kana kutanga yenyu inga Madhuku akazviita nemiwo munotanga yenyu kana kushaikwa pa map. Ini ndinoeda kuChitungwiza just to show Biti & Company that political parties are not led by lawyers but by people chosen leaders. Standard 6

Agusto Chingadzodzo - 27 April 2014

He who pays the piper calls the tune; he who dares wins, he who hesitates loses. Let recall who is indecisive? Tsvangirai. Who has lost 3 elections Tsvangirai, he was never a member of parliament, has never won a seat. We, Zimbabwean Democrats do not support individuals, we support ideas, freedom, progress. We do not believe that any individual is a god, anyone can be a leader thus servant leader. When one is chosen to be leader he is the servant of the people. Why do not these small minded individuals understand. The ANC recalled a sitting president (Thabo Mbeki) that is democracy. Tsvangirai is popular because of the movement, the movement is not popular because of Tsvangirai. If Tsvangirai was as popular has we are led to believe he would have called election for leadership thereby consolidating his power. That is what a decisive leader would have done (that is Standard 6, it is called strategic thinking). He and his cronies know that the people will not support him.

Democracy - 27 April 2014

You are better off with an ignorant person who is aware, conscious, of his ignorance, who accepts that he is ignorant, but if you are ignorant of your ignorance: Mugabe Christopher Dell: Mr Tsvangirai is a brave man, largely a democrat but not open to advice and indecisive; He is s a "flawed figure". Wikileaks Mr Dell, who was once told by Mr Mugabe he could "go to hell", said Mr Tsvangirai had "questionable judgement in selecting those around him". So where are Tsvangirai's leadership qualities. It seems the people who support him are headless chickens that will support anything. We know that change is difficult, especially for hanger-ons but the suspension and expulsion of Tsvangirai will benefit you and the nation. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel do not fear the light because you have been in the darkness for too long. We, the democrats know that the people who are opposing democrats (Biti, etc) will be the ones shouting praises. Do not be afraid that food is being taken from your mouths. What happened on Saturday will employ you; you will finally be masters of your destiny. The so called Tsvangirai supporters are suffering from the Stockholm syndrome. The Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

Democracy - 27 April 2014

i wonder how biti got his law degree with a low level of intelligence how can someone emerg from nowhre and start talking about a suspension when few wks back he was talking about forming a new party.....and how come such a decesion comes when the mdc itself is in a political crisis.....biti has lost his course and when you become greedy for power you are bound to lose everything

jimmy - 28 April 2014

When MT was called indecisive by a white we all agree but when the povo say they want MT we say its wrong. I think there was no mandate in that group to suspend MT and that is what we call a kangaroo court. Fine they enjoy the Rhodies monies to destabilise the people's project but they have started on the wrong foot. MT has to go but like he says why not wait for the congress? Who wrote the MDC constitution, I thought it has term limits for leadership. Mari yadiwa zvekuita sacrifice the people. Ok hold rallies vana Biti and explain to the so-called povo ( i hate this term borrowed from ZanuPF to denigrate us) and see if they go with you.

Maita Manyuka - 28 April 2014

Who are you fooling Mr.Democracy? How do you expect Tsvangirai to control or unite his detractors?How on earth can we continue to work with our traitors?Anyway,Tsvangirai is not the president of Zimbabwe.Who is BITI&CO fighting? Of course Zimbabwe will see true freedom whatever the traitors may do. It is well known that Tsvangirai never lost a free&fair election in Zimbabwe.We know who controls state machinery in Zimbabwe.

Gurumwandira - 28 April 2014

Who are you fooling Mr.Democracy? How do you expect Tsvangirai to control or unite his detractors?How on earth can we continue to work with our traitors?Anyway,Tsvangirai is not the president of Zimbabwe.Who is BITI&CO fighting? Of course Zimbabwe will see true freedom whatever the traitors may do. It is well known that Tsvangirai never lost a free&fair election in Zimbabwe.We know who controls state machinery in Zimbabwe.

Gurumwandira - 28 April 2014

Who are you fooling Mr.Democracy? How do you expect Tsvangirai to control or unite his detractors?How on earth can we continue to work with our traitors?Anyway,Tsvangirai is not the president of Zimbabwe.Who is BITI&CO fighting? Of course Zimbabwe will see true freedom whatever the traitors may do. It is well known that Tsvangirai never lost a free&fair election in Zimbabwe.We know who controls state machinery in Zimbabwe.

Gurumwandira - 28 April 2014

Who are you fooling Mr.Democracy? How do you expect Tsvangirai to control or unite his detractors?How on earth can we continue to work with our traitors?Anyway,Tsvangirai is not the president of Zimbabwe.Who is BITI&CO fighting? Of course Zimbabwe will see true freedom whatever the traitors may do. It is well known that Tsvangirai never lost a free&fair election in Zimbabwe.We know who controls state machinery in Zimbabwe.

Gurumwandira - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

Independence without freedom is meaningless.To Hell with those playing power games instead of fighting the real people's enemy. THE LOVE OF MONEY&POWER WILL EAT THE PERPETRATORS.

Gota - 28 April 2014

ChiM=Mbiti na KakaMangoma,u need to go back to crèche useless Stupid unqualified lawyer and non chartered accountant,please leave Save vega nesu vanovasuppota tangai chenyu chi boka inga kana vaGushungo VAKATI FOMAI TWENYU.Biti naElton munosemesa muchamama mutown , to helll with you and useless spoken animal Mafume and idiots crew.

Cde Chinotimba - 28 April 2014

ChiM=Mbiti na KakaMangoma,u need to go back to crèche useless Stupid unqualified lawyer and non chartered accountant,please leave Save vega nesu vanovasuppota tangai chenyu chi boka inga kana vaGushungo VAKATI FOMAI TWENYU.Biti naElton munosemesa muchamama mutown , to helll with you and useless spoken animal Mafume and idiots crew.

Cde Chinotimba - 28 April 2014

Tsvangirai is a hopeless leader. He needs to be retired. People need to look at the issues raised by the Biti group. They are saying Morgan stole millions of party funds, has sponsored violence, does not respect the constitution, has put the name of the party into disrepute and never focuses on the future of the party. In short, Morgan is a greedy and incompetent leader. The democratic movement cannot be led by the likes of Tsvangirai. He is confused and lacks transparency.

Zexie Tatenda - 28 April 2014

Mwonzora added; “This is part of the elaborate covert programme by State security agents, Zanu PF, Mugabe and Welshman Ncube to destabilise and de-brand the MDC.” Imi vashe imi, svinura musataure zvisina musoro! Tsvairai mumba menyu zvakanaka kwete kupomera vamwe kuti ndivo vaunza tsvina. How can you even imagine ZANU-PF on the same table naBiti naMangoma? Kuti vataura chokwadi zvamuri kutadza yave mhosva yemarivals enyu? Silly mentality.

DEMOCRAT - 30 April 2014

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