Don't use my name - Tsvangirai

MASVINGO - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned party officials jostling for positions against using his name and status during their campaign ahead of the watershed opposition congress set for next month.

Tsvangirai spoke on Saturday as he led a high-powered delegation of national leaders to the Masvingo provincial congress, which ushered in a new leadership chaired by veteran trade unionist, James Gumbi.

Tsvangirai also dismissed as false reports that he prefers certain candidates for positions and was leading a faction ahead of the congress.

“Let me make it clear that I do not prefer certain individuals over others to take positions. 

“It’s not my duty to impose leaders on you, it’s your right to chose for yourselves and I will work with anyone whom you chose.

“I do not lead a group or a team. So those who are campaigning using my name or saying they are from my team should stop that,” said Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai’s delegation at the Masvingo meeting included national chairman Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Morgen Komichi, national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, his deputy Abedinico Bhebhe, acting secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada, deputy spokesperson Tabita Khumalo and scores of provincial youths.

The Daily News witnessed youths running around lobbying and distributing campaign materials as jostling for top positions hots up ahead the MDC national congress.

Positions up for grabs at the elective congress include the secretary general’s  post, which is expected to be hotly contested between Chamisa and party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora.

Chamisa who has since been nominated by Chitungwiza and Harare provinces also proved popular in Masvingo after he was nominated by 234 against Mwonzora’s 91. Newly-elected provincial Masvingo provincial chairman, Gumbi beat interim chairman, Bernard Chiondegwa by 300 hundreds votes after he garnered 901. Chiondegwa was however, appointed the provincial representative in the national council.

Gumbi will deputised by Noah Mutisi of Chivi, while Tichinani Mavetera (Gutu) was elected secretary, Takanayi Mureyi (Masvingo West) a well-to-do Harare businessman, was voted treasurer, with Simon Ziki (Bikita) assuming the organising secretary’s post while Dusty Zivhave (Chiredzi) landed the provincial spokesperson position.

Phillip Chingini was voted provincial youth assembly chairperson while Patience Mugo won the women assembly leader’s post.

Newly-elected treasurer, Mureyi pledged to change the fortunes of the party in the province.

“This new team is a game changer, we pledge to work hard and re- the party in Masvingo. Things will never be the same again as we are ready to take on the common enemy (Zanu PF) and emancipate people in the country,” said Mureyi.

Comments (19)

How do we avoid using your name when the party is MDC-Tsvangirai? How else do we refer to that party without involving the owner of the party?

machakachaka - 29 September 2014

Nobody owns people,political parties are for the people.M.T is very right and that shows political maturity.Thumbs up

carson Macate - 29 September 2014

Haiwawo tsvangy apera sugar se chewing gum..let someone else lead mdc apa surely 3 consecutive times uchikundwa always crying this and that..

Tsvangy no sugar - 29 September 2014

Save vachiri nesugar usazvinyepere hako

obina okeke - 29 September 2014

tsvangirai is rght, save ndokukurazve uku musacheuka tinotora chete nyika

samanyika - 29 September 2014

tsvangirai is rght, save ndokukurazve uku musacheuka tinotora chete nyika

samanyika - 29 September 2014

tsvangirai is rght, save ndokukurazve uku musacheuka tinotora chete nyika

samanyika - 29 September 2014

tsvangirai is rght, save ndokukurazve uku musacheuka tinotora chete nyika

samanyika - 29 September 2014

tsvangirai is rght, save ndokukurazve uku musacheuka tinotora chete nyika

samanyika - 29 September 2014

muimbirei zvamurikuita muchiti save save mangwana acharambirira pachigaro sezvirikuita vamwe. dzokonoko oti adzimai vatonge nyika. manje manje adzimai vake vakatadza ku pronouncer word rekuti reiterate vachange vave ne phd yeback door. we the people are the cause of the problems that hound us. we sing praises to these people till they conclude in their minds that they can do whatever they want with us. tsvangis has had a share of his time as leader of the party he should trust leadership with someone else if he were a true democrat otherwise its the same old song.

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kwa mutare - 30 September 2014

What on earth was the strategy behind the MDCs going into coalition with ZanuPF military? This was like a pointless trip. If you decide to go to Bulawayo and you meet someone on the way they will ask you where you are going to which you might reply that you are going on business or visiting a relative or going to watch a football match or going to the Trade Fair. In this case I have met the MDCs on the way back from their coalition trip and I am asking what the purpose of their trip into coalition? What did they achieve? A relative of mine who now works in Zambia asked me the same question and I couldn't give him a good reply. I don't buy this nonsense that the economy improved and suddenly deteriorated when they left. Did they inject/magic any cash into the economy?

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Man of the Nation - 30 September 2014

MT is simply asking people not to lie using his name.Leaving MDC T leadership has absolutely nothing to do with democracy.Anyway,the people have rejected everyone in the so called RENEWAL TEAM. ZANU PF pretenders like Zvirozviyedzwa'll never influence true MDC T supporters who happen to be in the majority nationally.Of course Zimbabwe is under a disguised military rule but that'll end one day.

RELEVANCE - 30 September 2014

Morgan Tsvangirai's system of patronage is worse than ZANU's. Masvingo has been packed. Gumbi is Morgan's long term ally in trade unionism. Like Tsvangirai , he has almost non existent academic credentials. Gumbi is in fact a JC guy (no pun meant, he loves calling himself JC Gumbi) who is attempting his "O" levels. Apart from looting the ZRDCWU and the ZCTU together with Matombo, he has no other source of livelihood. He can hardly construct a sensible grammatically correct English sentence. He is therefore the proper boot licker to play political condom in the increasingly strategic Masvingo province. He will drive a pro Morgan agenda. He will be allowed to loot. He will have as many women as Miorgan. They are both woman users of note. His tenure depends on his unquestionable loyalty. He will give it. MDC will suffer from the dreaded Ebola virus that also appears to be eating up ZANU PF. We need a third force. For now Madhuku is the only option in sight..

Ebola Egedhini - 2 October 2014

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