Let go of MDC moniker, Biti told

BULAWAYO - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has accused the breakaway formation led by Tendai Biti of failing to follow set down rules in their attempt to dethrone the party leader.

Speaking during a debate organised by local civic society groups on Thursday, MDC deputy national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe said Zimbabweans were aware of what was transpiring in the labour-backed movement,and therefore cannot be fooled.

He queried why Biti’s so-called national council meeting was held at Mandel Training Centre instead of the party headquarters Harvest House. Bhebhe said that alone invalidated the meeting.

“Let’s say we wanted to impeach Robert Mugabe today, surely we will not go to Botswana and seat there,” Bhebhe said.

“I don’t think that’s possible. If you want to do that, you go to Parliament and do what is supposed to be done.

“And now how then can you say these people suspended the top seven of the party? At Harvest House, we have a hall which carries over 750 people.

“We have got a group of people led by the so-called renewal team who go into hiding somewhere and then come up with silly propaganda saying they have suspended the leadership. It shows that there are some people who take Zimbabweans for lunatics, who assume Zimbabweans don’t think.”

The meeting, which was attended by representatives from all the major political parties, intended to unpack the discord and  map the way forward within political movements.

Bhebhe said the idea by the Biti camp to continue to hold on to the “MDC-T tag” betrayed their desperation.

“These people now hold on to the name MDC-T which is a clear sign that these guys are crooks who want to fool the people of Zimbabwe by insinuating that T stands for Tsvangirai,” he said.

However, Lobengula MP Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, who was representing the renewal team, described Tsvangirai and his acolytes as violent in nature.

“The reason why we held our meeting at Mandel was because at Harvest House you get beaten,” said Nkomo.

“Freedom of expression is not allowed, getting near that place you would be beaten. The national council decision was to de-personalise the party. I have seen people creating a monster in the party. The intimidation that is going on in that organisation is alarming.”

Bhebhe however, dismissed the allegations as baseless, urging Nkomo to learn to tell the truth as an elder in the party.

During the 2005 split, Sipepa-Nkomo initially joined the Welshman-led formation but made an about-turn and rejoined the mainstream MDC where he served as minister of Water Resources Development and Management in the coalition government.

Comments (28)

now I c sipepa is power hungry and is not a decision maker. wat l think this renewal team was suppose to do was to push for a congress for an early date in the first half of this year and tel the mass where the current leadership is getting it wrong but now l don't know who is the dictator between the two factions, one was elected constitutionally and the other is saying lam now your leader yet did not contest with anyone let alone going back to the electorate even in your constituency. lets analyze this with open minds without calling names for a Zimbabwe we want to c.

nyanga - 18 May 2014

ANYONE WITH AN IOTA OF COMMONSENSE WOULD KNOW THAT IT IS SUICIDAL FOR THOSE OPPOSED TO THE HUMPTY DUMPTY FORMER PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI' S LEADERSHIP TO ENTER THE HARVEST HOUSE CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY HUNGRY POLITICAL HYENAS AND GOBLINS.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 18 May 2014

Haibo, don't lie Rubbish Nyundo. The real goblin is in east Asia as we speak and has sucked the blood of Zimbabweans dry for the past 34 years!!!!!

Khumalo - 18 May 2014

guys dd u know that S Nkomo is the one who caused the closure of the dailynews in 2003. he is full of confusion now want to MDC T, NKOMOchienda unochera mbeva kumusha

chokwadi - 18 May 2014

IF Biti said they will get another name, this means they have left the MDC-T. Why not just get a name from the word go or is it a case of waiting to grab the money from the government and then go on to form a new party? I think Mr Sipepa Nkomo is not being honest. Someone was elected at the congress, but they have a group of 15 men sitting under a tree saying we now have new leadership...why not go back to the people who elected the current leaders and ask them to come up with new leadership?

Tichaenzana - 18 May 2014

Rabison Nyundo you are so brainwashed you cant think for yourself. Saka unoreva here kuti chikwambo hauzivi kuti ndiyani? Izvezvi chiri mhiri kwamakungwa kwachiri kuwedzerwa ropa.

kachembere kekwaChivi - 19 May 2014

If S,Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc fear going to Harvest Hse then where is their Party Head Quaters? Please these guys know for a fact that they are sellouts & therefore political rejects. They could not & still cannot set foot at Harvest HSE because of their clandestine actions.They know for a fact that their treachery is unacceptible,hence foolishly blame violence in MDC-T.They cannot even set up their party head quaters as they do not have any meaningful following. Naturally,MDC-T react to a provocation.They are NOT violent as falsely claimed by S Nkomo & many more of similar thinking.Sooner or later,the donors will wake up to reality.Why would they play in the hands of the enemies of the genuine struggle for true democracy? Do they want to perpetuate the rule of these looters ? We don't have to use violence to remove the current gvt. 'HANZI NYIKA YAKAUYA NEPFUTI HAYITORWI NE PENZURA.' But we are only talking about a peaceful,democratic regime change in Zimbabwe which is not a crime. We did not fight the illegal Smith gvt to replace it with nepotism, thuggery & corruption.

GAKAVA - 19 May 2014

If S,Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc fear going to Harvest Hse then where is their Party Head Quaters? Please these guys know for a fact that they are sellouts & therefore political rejects. They could not & still cannot set foot at Harvest HSE because of their clandestine actions.They know for a fact that their treachery is unacceptible,hence foolishly blame violence in MDC-T.They cannot even set up their party head quaters as they do not have any meaningful following. Naturally,MDC-T react to a provocation.They are NOT violent as falsely claimed by S Nkomo & many more of similar thinking.Sooner or later,the donors will wake up to reality.Why would they play in the hands of the enemies of the genuine struggle for true democracy? Do they want to perpetuate the rule of these looters ? We don't have to use violence to remove the current gvt. 'HANZI NYIKA YAKAUYA NEPFUTI HAYITORWI NE PENZURA.' But we are only talking about a peaceful,democratic regime change in Zimbabwe which is not a crime. We did not fight the illegal Smith gvt to replace it with nepotism, thuggery & corruption.

GAKAVA - 19 May 2014

If S,Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc fear going to Harvest Hse then where is their Party Head Quaters? Please these guys know for a fact that they are sellouts & therefore political rejects. They could not & still cannot set foot at Harvest HSE because of their clandestine actions.They know for a fact that their treachery is unacceptible,hence foolishly blame violence in MDC-T.They cannot even set up their party head quaters as they do not have any meaningful following. Naturally,MDC-T react to a provocation.They are NOT violent as falsely claimed by S Nkomo & many more of similar thinking.Sooner or later,the donors will wake up to reality.Why would they play in the hands of the enemies of the genuine struggle for true democracy? Do they want to perpetuate the rule of these looters ? We don't have to use violence to remove the current gvt. 'HANZI NYIKA YAKAUYA NEPFUTI HAYITORWI NE PENZURA.' But we are only talking about a peaceful,democratic regime change in Zimbabwe which is not a crime. We did not fight the illegal Smith gvt to replace it with nepotism, thuggery & corruption.

GAKAVA - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Hey you Nkomo,Biti,Mangoma etc, please set up your own party headquarters & buy properties for your party.Give your new party a name & stop looking for other pple to lead your clueless grouping.

gunguwo - 19 May 2014

Nhai iwe Gunguwo,why can't you see that Biti & his gang are doomed? These are very desperate idiots,hell bent on derailing the genuine struggle.

CHIGURE - 19 May 2014

Nhai iwe Gunguwo,why can't you see that Biti & his gang are doomed? These are very desperate idiots,hell bent on derailing the genuine struggle.

CHIGURE - 19 May 2014

Hanzi he-he-he kuHH tinorowha,saka muchatiza Zimbabwe yachozve nekuti MT akarohwa,you are Corwards for sure,people where beaten,killed......for that MDC T

Tsuro - 19 May 2014

Abdnico Bhebhe should be investigated in Mdc-t him and Settlement Chikwinya rigged alot of Bulawayo primary elections using Zanu pf people it well known Chikwinya belongs to Biti faction and thy were protecting Dorcas Sibanda (Byo central),Temba Nyathi(Mpopoma),Reggie Moyo(Luveve) and the protected belongs to TENDAI Biti renewal team so Bhebhe shut up coz u are the one who started with renewal agendas

analyst - 19 May 2014

Tende tende tendeee matenderedzwa brain.. ZANU PF irikutonga MDC T vachitongana kkkkkkkk

Pondaiheyumwanawevhu - 19 May 2014

It's obvious Biti and company of sellouts where given money to destabilize mdc t but just like Judas Iscariot who sold Christ Biti u will hang r self but behold Tsvangirai will lead Zimbabwe to freedom .if u r for renewal who sent u becoz only the pple can renew leadership watanga nekuva lawyer want Gidion Gono watapiwa mari now wavekutumwa ne client Yako kuuraya m, mdc t manje urikunyepa we will never follow u shandissa zvimadara zvachembera vana S Nkomo nemastupid senator Washy vanebrain dzepwere.dzorera mari dzawakapiwa nxaaaaaa

poooroza - 20 May 2014

people dont see the dictactorial tendencies tsvangirai possess.he personalised the struggle by putting his initial on the mdc brand which party in the world carry the initials of its leader? that leaves al lot to be desired. i support biti because he has the leadership qualities zim needs at the moment. with men of his calibre zim will be a better place not this village herdboy that purges dissent in the party of exellence go biti go you are my hero

zezuru - 21 May 2014

Fighting back one's enemies is no dictatorship at all. The T in MDC-T simply serves to distinguish the two MDCs,one led by Ncube & the other by Morgan. Once again there is absolutely nothing sinister or dictatorial about it. It is well known that ZPF followers were happy at the MDC-T split yet disappointed that MT is still very popular in his party. Please ZPF,you have your own even worse factions there. Mind your own business.

HURUNGUDO - 21 May 2014

Fighting back one's enemies is no dictatorship at all. The T in MDC-T simply serves to distinguish the two MDCs,one led by Ncube & the other by Morgan. Once again there is absolutely nothing sinister or dictatorial about it. It is well known that ZPF followers were happy at the MDC-T split yet disappointed that MT is still very popular in his party. Please ZPF,you have your own even worse factions there. Mind your own business.

HURUNGUDO - 21 May 2014

Fighting back one's enemies is no dictatorship at all. The T in MDC-T simply serves to distinguish the two MDCs,one led by Ncube & the other by Morgan. Once again there is absolutely nothing sinister or dictatorial about it. It is well known that ZPF followers were happy at the MDC-T split yet disappointed that MT is still very popular in his party. Please ZPF,you have your own even worse factions there. Mind your own business.

HURUNGUDO - 21 May 2014

Fighting back one's enemies is no dictatorship at all. The T in MDC-T simply serves to distinguish the two MDCs,one led by Ncube & the other by Morgan. Once again there is absolutely nothing sinister or dictatorial about it. It is well known that ZPF followers were happy at the MDC-T split yet disappointed that MT is still very popular in his party. Please ZPF,you have your own even worse factions there. Mind your own business.

HURUNGUDO - 21 May 2014

Biti , mangoma , bhebhe and others are sellout. those people are not true machinja

garnnersz - 21 May 2014

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