Another blow for Biti

HARARE - Expelled MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti was yesterday ditched by the party’s Guardian Council which threw its weight behind Morgan Tsvangirai.

Sekai Holland, whom Biti and his cohorts had claimed was their interim leader, chaired the meeting of the elders, effectively putting to rest speculation that she is part of the so-called Renewal Team.

Briefing journalists after the meeting held at a local hotel, Holland said the role of the council of elders was to offer advice.

“The council wishes to categorically state that it was never involved in the planning, convening, organising and conduct of the meeting that was held at Mandel (Training Centre) and dissociates itself from all the resolutions of that meeting,” Holland told the news conference.

At the Mandel meeting held last month, Biti along with other top MDC officials resolved to suspend Tsvangirai, accusing him of having deviated from the party’s principles and values of non-violence, transparency and accountability.

Tsvangirai later expelled Biti and his co-conspirators.

Curiously, the Guardian Council met at a local hotel far from the party’s Harvest House headquarters, a venue that has in the past proved to be hell for Tsvangirai’s opponents.

The Guardian Council, however, left the door open for the MDC rebels, with Holland saying “the party must once again become united, strong and effective organisation capable of winning the next elections”.

“In line with its constitutional mandate, the council further resolved to explore effective strategies designed to ensure that a conducive environment is created within the party at all levels to facilitate dialogue,” she said.

Biti and company accuse Tsvangirai of promoting violence and the breakaway group is seeking to form a party of its own.

It is not the first time this has been tried. In 2005, the then MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube and his allies in the top echelon of the MDC ditched Tsvangirai to form a breakaway faction.

In the aftermath of the 2005 split, Ncube and his party became an insignificant group in the political landscape while Tsvangirai went on to win the first round of the presidential elections in 2008, but fell short of the majority, thereby setting the stage for a run-off election that was blighted by political violence, culminating in the formation of a coalition government between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.

Six years later, another MDC secretary-general has unsuccessfully attempted to dethrone Tsvangirai.

With the exception of Sam Sipepa Nkomo, who has joined the renewal camp, the elders are sticking with Tsvangirai, who still enjoys considerable grassroots support.

The stance taken by Holland, a well-respected politician, has further exposed frailties in the renewal camp, which is trying to form a united movement that will eclipse the MDC as the official opposition party.

Comments (11)

wasara wega biti, sorry namangoma

Cde Churucheminzwa - 23 May 2014

Lets not trust this magogo the fact that she was there at mandel house tells she is a nyoka . Her sudden U turn is because she saw that the masses were behind Morgan . Sorry magogo your tactical move is not convincing.

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WERTHJITFCF - 23 May 2014

Why has Sekai Holland been quiet all the time? Why did she wait for a joint statement with others when she was at Mandel and and never denied that . This struggle is two delicate for these double headed creatures. Just too many people lost lives, limps and property in the name of MDC for turncoats like this Sekai Holland to continue masquerading as if they are one with the people. The old lady should continue with her team and leave the people's project. She is now more useful to Mangoma and company.

Kufakwejeyi - 23 May 2014

Isu kana munhu adzoka tinomugashira chose nokuti avekuona chiedza . Gore riya ana Chimanikire vakamboita mutamburu tikavagashira so isu seTeam Mberengwa tinohwa kufara chose nokuti tete ndivo voga vangavaita mavato . Vana mukoma Takafavira zhou , Sibanengi Dube , D Shoko havana KUJIKA paneChamatama ndipo patiri ipapo . Tinoti Biti dzoka kumusha tigadzirire 2018 usahla kudzoka Cde nokuti musha usina kutukana hauna kunaka hatizozivi mukuru. So zvamakaita makagona mave kuziva kuti Chikara cheZANU ndiMorgan . HEZVOKO 2018 TOUYAKO CHERO TICHIKAMHINA

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 23 May 2014

Where in the statement does the Guardians' council side with Tsvangirai? "Six years later another MDC Secretary General has unsuccessfully tried to dethrone Tsvangirai"Mr Editor where are you drawing this conclusion from?Is it for your paper to say? It is not wise for newspapers to take sides.

Taking sides - 24 May 2014

MS SEKAI HOLLAND, AS A MATURE AND SENIOR POLITICIAN, HAD THE ROLE OF ADVISING BOTH SIDES. AS USUAL THE POLITICALLY DEMENTED JOURNALIST (MIS) INTERPRETED MS HOLLAND'S WORDS FOR SUPPORT THE HUMPTY DUMPTY MDC-T LEADER TSVANGIRAI. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE RAGTAG DAILYNEWS HAS APPOINTED ITSELF AS THE MDC-T'S MOUTH PIECE WITH RIDICULOUS AND NEGATIVE RESULTS.

Rabison Nyundo ( THE HAMMER) - 24 May 2014

Daily News shame on you, taking sides again. The Guardian council never chose a side but simply said all factions should put their differences and work together. No violence!!!

Nyakudirwa - 24 May 2014

Its regrettable for Biti's camp to notice an early defeat and make a sudden u-turn.

Nyoka - 24 May 2014

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