'Tsvangirai still holds sway'

HARARE - Eddie Cross, MDC policy director, says Zimbabwe now has four centres of power divided among the two feuding Zanu PF factions, Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) and former Central Bank governor Gideon Gono.

The legislator for Bulawayo South down played the ongoing strife in the opposition party, dismissing Tendai Biti and his team who have been calling for Tsvangirai to step down, as holding little sway over voters.

Cross said  if the country were to have “a genuine, fair and credible election, free of manipulation, violence and intimidation that have characterised Zimbabwe’s electoral processes since independence from Britain in 1980, the MDC would be returned to power.”

“The recent upheavals in the MDC leadership are just so much froth on the surface of the sea, get down into the water and he (Tsvangirai) still holds sway,”

Cross said. “Mr Biti (Tendai) and Mr Mangoma (Elton), like Mr Ncube (Welshman) and his crew, are discovering that if they try to ride the MDC tiger, they will be discarded and eaten. All that is left of the Ncube challenge to his leadership in 2005 are bones in the bush.”

Besides the MDC, Cross says another centre of power are the two factions in the ruling Zanu PF, one reportedly led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and the other by vice president Joice Mujuru.

Cross, however, touts the Mnangagwa faction as the more powerful of the two as it controls elements both in Parliament and Cabinet.

He nevertheless said the Mnangagwa faction was not popular as it was regarded as being largely responsible for the party’s failure in government.

There has been calls both within and outside Zanu PF for Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, believed to be in Mnangagwa’s camp, to be shunted to another ministry amid allegations that he has failed to revive the economy.

Government has been struggling to raise salaries of civil servants and has had to take the unprecedented decision to postpone pay dates.

Cross said Gono also has an outside chance of becoming a future leader of the ruling party.

“Mr Gono, former governor of the Reserve Bank, is clearly in this grouping and is sometimes talked about as a possible future leader,” Cross said.

Factionalism has been a common feature in Zimbabwe’s body politic and the opposition MDC has been teetering on the brink since the July 31, 2013 elections convincingly won by Zanu PF albeit amid allegations of fraud.

Hawks in the party led by former deputy treasurer-general Mangoma and former secretary-general Biti sought to take over the reins of power, blaming Tsvangirai for the party’s loss to Zanu PF

But Cross believes the MDC rebels have no capacity to dislodge Tsvangirai. Just like Ncube’s attempt to seize power in 2005, Cross said Biti’s project was doomed.

Comments (22)

Thats so true Eddie, the people want Tsvangirayi to rule. His private affairs with women which Biti is talking about are not relevent to the politics at hand. I dont see Biti making any head way to sway the electorate to his side. He has destroyed his political career.

KM - 7 May 2014

Why do have confidence in someone who cant manage his personal affairs?? Vote for him and will see it one day!!

Bosingwa Chelsea - 7 May 2014

What an analysis by Cross . Biti and team are failing to see that the MDC has strong foundations in the Labour Movement and they don't have the support of that movement and also supporters . They are playing the elitist political steps. Also in what capacity is Biti addressing people when they have placed Holland in the Acting President capacity . He is now playing the Ncube game of bringing Mutambara when in fact he wanted to rule and was hiding through acusing Morgan of dictatorship . Biti let the leaders who you appointed as acting speak to people you are too power hungry you have already done your congress and crowned yourself president already!

makuzha - 7 May 2014

Bosingwa what you fail understand is that when people vote for a leader nowadays, they don't want the Tshaka type who will rule them. Leading and ruling are two different elements. If Tsvangirai was elected leader of the country, he will not lead alone. In other words, his personal elements or issues are not part of the government. It is the reason why presidents don't put their wives in charge when they go away. After all he might have messed with women but at the end of the day he's husband of one. David took another man's wife if you read the Bible well despite the other women he had in his life. But still he was chosen leader by God. My conclusion is that God knows better because he's the one who chooses leaders.

Regalia - 7 May 2014

This a a true analysis from the white man. Tsvangirai may have his flaws especially his zip problem, but he is a good guy around. African politics are different from what the Britions and the Americans do. In africa it is normal to have as many women as one can and still considered fit for any office, but in former colonizers' territory it is quite different. one has to quit. So that is why Tsvangs can still be what he can be, anywhere as lng as it is within the border of africa. so don't be fooled guys. Tsvangs is the man. Ndatenda hangu.

Duma - 7 May 2014

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Evangelist Aby - 7 May 2014

biti and team are too emotional to lead aparty, let alone a nation. Politics is not about emotions, egos and how well educated or how much wealth you have aqcuired. iIt is about charisma, a natural gift. You cannot take away this essence from someone. Neither can you bestow it to someone. Look at Bob and Tsvangison and see what I mean.

Wokwawo S - 7 May 2014

This is a direct appeal to Mr Biti and mr Mangoma. Your misjudgement has taken the journey to freedom a couple of big steps backwards. You have betrayed the people and not Tsvangirai as he rightly stated. But there is a chance to make genuine amends and rejoin the genuine race to total freedom.

mambo - 7 May 2014

nothing could be further from the truth mr cross, pachishona tinoti mabaya dede nemukanwa vacross

cde churucheminzwa - 7 May 2014

Hameno,hameno,commentada specifica.Aluta continua.

Haukuna Matata - 7 May 2014

kkikiki haasisiri Biti, yave Mbiti

real mdc-t - 7 May 2014

Biti talking about Tsvangs' zip problem? Dont i remember some Biti being involved in a legal fight with a certain girl to the point that the High Court rescued him from having his cellphone records being accessed? Correct me if im wrong on this one

shungu - 7 May 2014

A noble view from Mr Eddie Cross. The problem with us Zimbos is that our egos are so big such that they blind our brains no wonder why we are still in the doldrums despite being a learned lot

Gwenaz - 7 May 2014

Morgan is more vakomana. Zvemadhirezi ake hazvititadzisi kumutevera. Biti is just a chancer and should stop talking about Morgan's open Zip. If I remember well in 2009 Biti was side swapped by a haulage truck and he was said to be coming from his girlfriend. Plus maresults ake anotooneka nekukabira maARV. At least tsvangirai is responsible he knows kuti kunodzivirirwa.

Muchamaya Kache - 8 May 2014

The Jerusalem donkey story sums up Biti better

Mukanya - 8 May 2014

let mbiti try his lucky by taking reigns from Ncube not Tsvangson

jb - 8 May 2014

wait and see

vamutumburanzou - 8 May 2014

Well balanced analysis. One missing thing left out is that Biti must not throw stones if he lives in a glass house. Condemning Tsvangirai as a womanizer burdens us with wanting to test both for morality and surely time will tell because what is done in dark corners can not escape the shining rising sun as it beams its unstoppable light when time to reckon comes. If Biti thinks he is wise when womanizing in dark little offices then lets mark him and see how he fares. Seka urema wafa, meso ese akutarisa ikozvino. Tichazvinzwa zvotaurika neparally yako chaipo kuti mukuru apera uyu. Gets focused and abandon flimsy accusations that have never made Zimbabwe better at such a time when even the unschooled minds can tell you will have a tough time convincing them of your leadership ability. PROVE IT IF YOU ARE NOT JUST A LOOSE POWER HUNGRY CANON SHOT FROM A RUSTY POLITICAL EGO GUN.

Nyakuviruka Nyakuviruka - 8 May 2014

Thank you Evangelist. Sometimes we loose focus on the real issues, and spend time listening to web touts.

Evangelist 2 - 8 May 2014

The major problem that we have as Zimbabweans is that we forget that a leader must be exemplary in areas that make up a human being a person. Accepting Mr. Tsvangirai and his faults is a clear sign that some people think that no-one in Zimbabwe can do a better job than him. Have you ever thought how God view him? Is God pleased to see 14 million Zimbabweans being led by a womanizer? Are we not aware that ONLY God appoint leaders? Mr Tsvangirai must first receive God's approval before being voted into power by you and me. God is the SUPREME king maker NOT voters. Hurling insults at Hon. Biti does not help us in any way. We need an analysis on why Hon. Biti and his group 'rebelled'. This is of tantamount importance instead of attacking Hon. Biti's person. Mr Tsvangirai, Hon. Biti must be held accountable for their shortcomings be it zip problems, behaviour challenges or otherwise. Some comments being posted here seem to have been written by hooligans sitting on a street corner bridge, swallowing bronco. Let us be real and be wise in mind and speech.

Sober - 9 May 2014

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