'Tsvangirai will win any poll'

HARARE - Sekai Holland, the MDC chairperson of the guardian’s council says party president Morgan Tsvangirai will win any election in the 15-year-old party, further rubbing salt into the wounds of the faction led by ousted secretary-general Tendai Biti.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News yesterday,she said what was needed was for the warring MDC factions to unite.

“Whatever happens, Tsvangirai will still win any election in the MDC. What we don’t understand is why we are not going to congress,” she said.

There was talk of going to congress early within the party after some members became disgruntled following MDC’s poor performance during last year’s elections which Zanu PF won.

Expelled deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma even penned a strongly-worded letter in January calling for leadership renewal arguing the current leadership had failed to unseat Zanu PF in three consecutive elections.

This culminated in serious rifts with some members rallying firmly behind Tsvangirai while others supported the renewal cause.

Holland, largely regarded as the “grandmother of democracy” in political circles said the divisions were threatening to dismantle the movement which has given Zanu PF — in power for the past 34 years — the toughest opposition so far.

The 71-year- old said the internal crisis which saw the suspension and counter suspensions by the Tsvangirai and Biti led factions of the MDC was of major concern to the guardian council, which is a national organ that consists mainly of elderly members.

She said the guardian council had factions but were now calling for unity within the party.

Holland said the party’s organ was gravely concerned that there was no longer trust between Tsvangirai and Biti and members of the standing committee but they would try to bring the  warring factions to order.

“Inspite of consistent advice and repeated warnings from the guardian council, and subsequently from the guardian council executive committee, party leaders have been attacking each other verbally, in the press and even physically.

“This is in direct contradiction to MDC’s values and principles especially Article 4;6 which states that the MDC firmly believes in freedom of speech, freedom of expression and further, the free circulation of ideas and information within the movement,” Holland said.

She added that the heart-breaking state of the party had not only separated the movement which made history in 2008 by trouncing President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF but had seen the MDC moving away from its founding core values.

Holland said the  guardian council which met in Harare on May 21 had condemned and appealed to both factions to stop their unruly behaviour as it was hurting party members.

“The meeting resolved that the guardian council goes forward and carry out our mandate as stated in our constitution;

“6.5.3(a) To offer advice and wisdom to the national leadership of the party including the national executive committee and national council.

“6.5.3 (d) To perform and/or carry out any such functions which the National Council may from time to time delegate to it, which may include investigations, arbitrations and reconciliation in disputes within the party structures and/or among members,” she said.

The Daily News learnt how the council which mainly consists of party veterans had decided that the best way forward for the party was to unite.

Another member of the guardian council , Tshabangu Mabena said the warring factions needed each other.

“There was a split in 2005 and we tried to unite with the Welshman Ncube faction and we failed but we are saying this time around we will not fail. What you need to understand also is that uniting is a process, we don’t know how long it takes but we will do it,” Mabena said.

Holland concurred with him adding that; “What I know is that we will go to the 2018 election united. We do not care what they are thinking as individuals.

“As long as we are divided, we will not win any elections, we will not get any funding and the people will not support us because the people want a united family.”

Mabena said the council of elders had already started the process of healing the rift between the party members.

“I saw Tsvangirai yesterday (Thursday) and he says he wants unity. Today I saw Mangoma (Elton) and he wants unity too.”

Comments (12)

sekai akataura achimanikidzwa this is not true

Chasura - 24 May 2014

OF COURSE THE HUMPTY DUMPTY MDC- T LEADER COULD WIN A PARTY ELECTION IN HARVEST HOUSE THANKS TO INTIMIDATION FROM THE FEROCIOUS MILITIA. CREDIBLE REPORTS IN A NUMBER OF MATURE SAY THAT MS SEKAI HOLLAND WAS INTIMIDATED TO READ THE STATEMENT DOCTORED BY MWONZORA AND TAMBORINYOKA PURPORTING THAT THE GUARDIAN COUNCIL WAS INVOLVING IN THE MANDEL MEETING. I URGE READERS TO READ THE NEWSDAY OF TODAY FOR THE STORY FOR A BALANCED COVERAGE. AS FOR THE GUTTER DAILY NEWS AND ITS PUERILE AND DIMWIT JOURNALISTS FUNGI KWARAMBA AND THELMA CHIKWANHA THERE IS NEED TO REDEEM THEM FROM SELF-IMPOSED DARKNESS.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 24 May 2014

Daily News staff, why are you letting us suffer @Rubbish Nyundo's rubbish opinions all the time! Aaaaargh!

Kt - 24 May 2014

As someone once observed on this forum, this Rabison Nyundo, aka the Hammer, fellow is like a lover scorned. He can never write one sentence without mentioning Morgan Tsvangirai. We now just need to know what really happened between him and Tsvangirai. Perhaps a scorned lover or relative of a scorned lover? Come on Daily News give us the real story!

Khumalo - 24 May 2014

The party is intact and united behind Morgan any plans of bringing back biti and his gang is bring poison . The party will lose nothing if these morons go because they are supported by 50 people across the country. They never released fund for Morgan to campaign so that he do not win the last july elections so how do you trust such people. and be careful with this old woman she is nyoka

Diibulaanyika - 24 May 2014

Don't worry about THE HAMMER! I have unmasked him. His name ends na TI

Dereck - 24 May 2014

Manyepo aya, listen to the latest version of Sekai Holland

taka - 24 May 2014

Nyundo ari kurwadziwa naTsvangirai. He/she should realise that Morgan is the man of the moment, not MBiti and his 50 supporters. Newsday ndiyo iri kunyepa nekuti yaifunga kuti vanhu vanoda mBiti. It has dawned to them that he has no followers. Morgan ndizvo.

Professor - 24 May 2014

HE WILL WIN ABAFAZI AGAIN...TSVANGIRAI PAMBERI NE BAKADZI...

silungisani ndlovu - 25 May 2014

I do not think bringing Biti and Mangoma will make the party any stronger. In fact it will be far weaker. These three, including our beloved Elder Nkomo, should be sent te represent the MDC T in Iceland or even further, where they will be far from the strategy planning and execution. These guys are sellouts, shameless quislings.

New Tekere - 25 May 2014

I do not think bringing Biti and Mangoma will make the party any stronger. In fact it will be far weaker. These three, including our beloved Elder Nkomo, should be sent te represent the MDC T in Iceland or even further, where they will be far from the strategy planning and execution. These guys are sellouts, shameless quislings.

New Tekere - 25 May 2014

It took long (15 years) to separate oil from water (MT&TB). It will take much longer to bring them back together. Whoever dug his own grave, let him bury himself.

Boterekwa - 26 May 2014

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