Workers rally behind Tsvangirai

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has thrown its weight behind MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying rebels attempting to topple the charismatic opposition leader were out of order.

The labour-backed MDC has been embroiled in a leadership row with a clique led by secretary-general Tendai Biti and former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma demanding that Tsvangirai steps down before the 2016 expiry of his mandate.

ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo yesterday told the Daily News that workers were solidly behind the Tsvangirai-led MDC leadership elected at the last elective congress in 2011.

Moyo said Biti, for years Tsvangirai’s most loyal lieutenant, and his co-conspirators, would not be invited to this year’s May Day celebrations.

He said the trade union was not backing any individual but were following procedure.

He said workers were finding it difficult to comprehend what he described as “the lawlessness we are reading in the press.”

Biti declared last weekend that he and his clique had unilaterally suspended Tsvangirai as party leader accusing him of stifling dissent, ignoring party structures, corruption, rigging internal elections, and creating his own cult of personality.

Tsvangirai was suspended together with his deputy Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Morgen Komichi, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and his deputy Abednico Bhebhe, but they have all scoffed at the suspensions.

Tsvangirai was responsible, Biti’s clique concluded, for “the complete Zanufication” of the party.

Tsvangirai has since described the palace coup as a “non-event”, with thousands of his supporters camping at Harvest House, the party

headquarters, on Sunday to show solidarity with the veteran opposition leader.

The acrimony in the party was sparked when Mangoma wrote a damning letter to Tsvangirai in February in which he accused the former premier of having lost the moral standing to continue representing the party.

Mangoma also alleged maladministration and embezzlement of party funds by Tsvangirai notwithstanding the fact that he as deputy-treasurer was the custodian of the funds.

The ZCTU, together with the National Constitutional Assembly and other civic organisations formed the MDC on September 11, 1999.

Moyo said: “As workers we follow the rules. We believe that party structures should be given the opportunity to evaluate their leaders at congress and make a decision whether to give them a fresh mandate or to renew.

“We are not necessarily saying leaders must not be changed but it is the manner in which it is being done that we have a problems with. Colleagues might have genuine concerns but we are talking about issues of procedure here and workers have said they would never countenance such lawlessness.”

Comments (16)

Did Japhet Moyo make any consultations before making his ill-advised statement? Of course not. He was just making his personal opinion.

Assiel Gweta - 30 April 2014

On the 31st of July, just like another commentator stated earlier, we expect Dr. Tsvangirai to highlight on all the promises made that were not fulfilled by his opposition and also state how he is working on ensuring there won't be another stolen election in 2018 to restore our confidence.

Dr Know - 30 April 2014

maworkers arikutaurwa naMoyo endapi iwayo? has Japhet Moyo become the workers himself? vanhuwe musangojairira kutaura zvezvese kuvanhu

Usanyepa - 30 April 2014

Japhet Moyo is lying through his teeth pretending to represent "workers" while in fact he never consulted anyone. Is he not aware that Tsvangirai has not followed his own "rules" by disregarding the MDC-T constitution? Be careful Japhet or you will embarrass yourself.

Patrick Mushandirapamwe - 30 April 2014

Biti ,so you really think we will blindly follow you so that you can continue giving the world the impression that all Zimbabweans are donor money beggars?Unonyadzisa.Tikuziva kuti inyaya yekuda mari yemabhunu chete iyi yaurikuita Biti nevamwe vako.If not why couldn't you wait so that the PEOPLE can choose who they want to be the MDC leader.

Ras - 30 April 2014

Did that team led by Biti consulted with grass roots about the so called suspensions

Jori - 30 April 2014

Which workers are you talking about I am not rallying behind Tsvangirai

Nyamhangambiri - 30 April 2014

This has nothing to do with the povo we never told anyone that we want leadership change I am in touch with the people and it's Tsvangirai we want .not some loser who is selfish and thinks because he has a law degree we will blindly follow him. BITIIs an educated fool who is not in touch with reality go and brain wash those foolish women who want to spend your betrayal money and leave the majority of US who r bitter that our election was stolen alone

poporoza - 30 April 2014

pliz mr moyo dont try to use us in the ugly fight for power within the mdc whom did you consult

mombe - 30 April 2014

Japhet mwanangu, wapindwa ne chirerwe chefungwa here. You know you dont represent the workers but a clingy faction which behaves exactly like Morgan, Instead of the headline running ZCTU back Tsvangirai, the gullible Daily News, which has reduced itself to a propaganda arm of the Tsvangirai Faction, should read: Japhet Moyo's ZCTU faction supports Tsvangirai's MDC-T faction." In any case, which workers is Japhet talking about when elsewhere he is qouted as saying there aint any mo workers and for that reason his ZCTU faction will hold 10 less commemoratory functions than before. Japhet ngiyazi mfowethu ukuthi uyisidli uyisihwaba segovu, kodwa phela ungacini usukhumula izigqoko phakathi kwabantu njengalokhu osukwenza ngoba bazabona ukuthi izitshadala zakho ziswabile, Ahhggg Man, you breakaway ZCTU faction leader!!

Mdidi Mbuzi - 1 May 2014

honestly this japhet thing z not a normal thing how du u represent the workers effectively if u align yoself to one party as if u dont have zanu pf supporters in yo organization what an idiot

pee - 2 May 2014

When Japhet speak, does he really speak for the workers?

machakachaka - 2 May 2014

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