The folly of MDC rebels

HARARE - As we have stated before, it is probably easier at the moment to groom a skunk — that stinky cat-sized mammal that sprays a foul-smelling liquid from its backside when it is threatened by an attacker — than it is to make sense of the MDC’s idiotic infighting and what this is supposed to achieve.

Indeed, how else are long-suffering Zimbabweans supposed to look at this pointless conflict within the party’s leadership when there is seemingly nothing to gain for any of the feuding parties in this insane bloodbath?

At the weekend, and following months of frenzied speculation and strenuous denials, MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti finally came out in the open on his long reported opposition to party president Morgan Tsvangirai.

The lawyer-cum-politician, who was always believed to be the main player behind the so-called renewal team, joined other rebels on Saturday to “suspend” Tsvangirai and other senior MDC leaders.

The dramatic development played out as another damning MDC dossier surfaced claiming that a group of Rhodies, comprising of mainly disillusioned former commercial farmers, was heavily involved in the alleged multi-pronged plot to destroy Tsvangirai and effect illegal leadership change in the MDC.

Although Tsvangirai’s dominant team have rubbished their alleged suspension, the rebels’ move at the weekend not only heralds the official split of the feuding MDC factions, it has truly shaken the country’s main opposition party to its core, amid fears that the party may implode altogether.

The critical question to ask is who is benefitting from this silly infighting and how is this meant to help solve Zimbabwe’s deepening socio-economic problems?

Further, how is removing Tsvangirai supposed to resolve all of the MDC’s known myriad of organisational and strategic challenges?

What concerns most Zimbabweans is that the “latter-day democrats” within the party who are openly stabbing their leader in the back or moving stealthily in dark corners bad-mouthing him have been part of the many strategic errors that the MDC has made over the past 15 years. 

It really is telling that these esteemed “saints” are entirely unwilling to shoulder any blame for these mistakes.

Sadly, if there are any winners in the useless MDC fights it is only President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Yet Zanu PF, and our long-suffering country have never needed a stronger MDC than now if Zimbabwe is ever to come right.

Indeed, one does not have to be an MDC supporter to realise that a strong opposition is good for any democracy.

And surely the selfish MDC combatants, particularly the rebels who claim to be operating in the interests of their party and the country, know this.

Let us spell it out even more clearly: none of the supposed “luminaries” within the rebel movement can challenge, let alone match any of Zanu PF’s leading lights. They all know this.

So what do they think they can achieve with their continuing lunacy?

Comments (15)

The reporter is not helping matters by taking a side, the implosion of MDC should be squarely blamed on all players concerned. For as long as MDC supporters and sympathisers avoid and refuse to introspect the party will self destruct. now is the urgent time to look within for solutions

eddy - 29 April 2014

A party with no ideology ,but hell bent on assisting dethroned white farmers on the land issue was bound to collapse or weaken , like what we are now witnesssing in MDCT! The poor white farmer at Banket who declared the CFU investment in MDC , is today joining BENNET in counting losses, with Tsvangiruza! Even the DAILY NEWS tried by all means over the yrs to back this dead horse!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 29 April 2014

A party with no ideology ,but hell bent on assisting dethroned white farmers on the land issue was bound to collapse or weaken , like what we are now witnesssing in MDCT! The poor white farmer at Banket who declared the CFU investment in MDC , is today joining BENNET in counting losses, with Tsvangiruza! Even the DAILY NEWS tried by all means over the yrs to back this dead horse!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 29 April 2014

A party with no ideology ,but hell bent on assisting dethroned white farmers on the land issue was bound to collapse or weaken , like what we are now witnesssing in MDCT! The poor white farmer at Banket who declared the CFU investment in MDC , is today joining BENNET in counting losses, with Tsvangiruza! Even the DAILY NEWS tried by all means over the yrs to back this dead horse!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 29 April 2014

A party with no ideology ,but hell bent on assisting dethroned white farmers on the land issue was bound to collapse or weaken , like what we are now witnesssing in MDCT! The poor white farmer at Banket who declared the CFU investment in MDC , is today joining BENNET in counting losses, with Tsvangiruza! Even the DAILY NEWS tried by all means over the yrs to back this dead horse!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 29 April 2014

The writer should surely relocate to the information department at the Harvest House!

godfrey gudo - 29 April 2014

The writer is very correct when he says whether you're an MDC or ZANU PF supporter, the country needs a strong opposition party. Biti and company know they will not achieve much without Tsvangirai's support which means they are just out to destroy the party for their own selfish gains.

Dr Know - 29 April 2014

do yu mr writer think that tsvangirai still has the chance to unseat Zanupf, kanakuti wango fanana neavo whose obsession with Tsvangirai blinds them from seeing the rational of renewing the democracy struggle through a new leadership right at the top. zvitsva zvichabva kunaTsvangirai ndezvipi apa?

stop hero worshipping - 29 April 2014

Chirungu chinenge chiri kukunetsa ku-comprehender iwe @Godfrey "Baboon" Gudo. Rather than just insult the writer in an empty-minded way, debunk his/her points, build your case up with reason and offer quality deductive thinking. Otherwise you just come across as an illiterate Border Gezi graduate.

Mutodi - 29 April 2014

@Mutodi wandiuraya nekuseka. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!

Kamba - 29 April 2014

"Indeed, one does not have to be an MDC supporter to realise that a strong opposition is good for any democracy." This is spot on but one has to ask why the MDC has never become the "strong opposition" we all agree is good for democracy? Indeed one can go on further and ask if the MDC could ever become the strong opposition tomorrow? The Genesis of why MDC has, so far, been a party of blundering idiots lies in our failure to find good leaders. Former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe said in a leaked cable back in 2004 that Tsvangirai was a "flawed and indecisive character". Ten years later after countless blunders we still refuse to accept that Tsvangirai is a flawed and indecisive character. We still expect the same failed MDC team to lead in the future. We expect strong opposition with flawed and indecisive characters leading them? We expect silk purse out of a sow's ear! People get the government, or in this case opposition, they deserve; we deserve a weak and feeble opposition because we are quite happy to have flawed and indecisive character leading them! As nation we are yet to learn that if we want a good government then, like everything else in this world, we must work for it. When Adam and Eve were told by God that they will have to sweat for their bread; it seems Zimbabweans think the good Lord did not include us in that. 34 years of grinding poverty and despair and we still expect Makandiwa's miracle – economic prosperity without lifting a finger and democracy with a flawed leader in State House. We have a lot to learn!

Wilbert Mukori - 29 April 2014

a perty with no dieology blah, blah blah... that party is zanu pf, one time communist, then socialist, then Marxist -lenninist, till now, well non descript

galante1 - 30 April 2014

The reporter is wright, lets not play this game of wanting to be seen as impartial when we know what is wrong. Biti is a back stabber if he is such a better leader and respects the MDC constitution why does he try to remove leaders who were elected by congress thru the back door? why is he so impatient that he can't wait for congress.

murevesi - 30 April 2014

We need a strong opposition in Zi,babwe and what Biti and company did has not helped matters. Who really are MDC's national Council Members then we will know who was with Biti and who was with Tsvangirayi then we can tell who has the party? I think editors would do us a favour than telling us Biti and the National council suspends Tsvangirayi, then Tsvangirayi and the national Council expel Biti we are left in a vacuum, who are these people?

Maita Manyuka - 30 April 2014

The rebels have turned the people's achievement of true freedom 15 years backwards because they are thinking with their pocket bottoms instead of their brains.

mambo - 30 April 2014

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