Tsvangirai must be careful

HARARE - Instead of being exciting times for the politics of Zimbabwe — what is obtaining in both the MDC and Zanu PF — leaves ordinary people with so many questions as to what the future holds for this country.

While Zimbabwe does not start or end with either of the two parties, they, however, remain important to the politics that shape Zimbabwe.

Zanu PF will hold its congress next month amid growing tensions in the party stoked by intense infighting located in the unresolved succession issue.

The MDC yesterday concluded its three-day congress in which the party amended its constitution to weaken the office of the secretary-general and transfer virtually all power to the president, in this case Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Congress resolved to amend the constitution to allow the (MDC) president to be the custodian of the party name, custodian of all party assets, to supervise all in the leadership, to be the party’s chief fundraiser and to suspend National Standing Committee members through the National Council for breach of the party constitution,” a key resolution from the congress said.

“In this regard, the secretary-general shall no longer be responsible ‘for all party affairs in the National Secretariat’ and shall report to the president.”

Such developments give rise to accusations by former Tsvangirai allies who charge the MDC leader is undemocratic.

Surely, this is not the time for Tsvangirai to open himself up to criticism and claims that he wants to ‘Zanunise’ the MDC.

Tsvangirai, as a fighter for democracy, cannot just go against simple tenets of democracy by trying to entrench all the powers to himself.

The fact that his previous two secretaries-general — Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti — were too powerful as a result of power resident in that office should not be a reason to discard democratic values and principles which the MDC leader and the party itself, espouse.

Many MDC supporters and Zimbabweans looking for alternative parties to vote for in 2018 had hoped something encouraging would come out of the congress.

Instead, the MDC congress has served to underline the growing culture of idolising party leaders to the detriment of the parties themselves.

As Zanu PF hurtles towards its own congress, all well-meaning Zimbabweans, would be hoping that it won’t seal our fate — because surely we are not a cursed people.

Comments (12)

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Flixcom Solutions - 3 November 2014

tsvangirai displays dictorship tendences. he has also become a handiende. he is now surrounding himself with weak people and those who endlessly praise him in spite of serious political errors. chamisa is too popular for tsvangis' liking. better vana biti who jumped ship. it would eventually sink anyway.

zvirozviyedzwa - 3 November 2014

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governor Louis - 3 November 2014

Viva Morgan judging by what happened two times to our party this is the only way forward . Now you are a real boss akusekho ukudelelwa by sg and to us that is makeke as along it will enable us remove zanu .Ako ako ako roverai pasi bwa!!!!! kwa matibili!!!! one time

Diibulaanyika - 4 November 2014

While some concerns about democratic practice should be respected and taken seriously I detect some serious inconsistency and a somewhat strange logic that seems to suggest that it is alright to have a too powerful secretary general and weak president but not a powerful president and a not so powerful secretary general.That is, why should a party have a powerful secretary general and a weak president?What is the logic here?

Godfrey - 4 November 2014

Did people not vote, did Chamisa lose to Tsvangirayi, who is weak, guys don't create hulk hogans out of liliputians because you will be disappointed. My young Chamisa slept on duty even refusing advise from many of us because he thought he was big but alas the Hulk Hogan came and he was reduced to a liliputian, what he now needs is to build up. Yes he may be advised by the Herald to refuse any position from MT and form his own party, but Zimbabwe politics that will be his end game, he can join TZ at least that is not a sullied party and a better option if he thinks he has no future n MDC but I see his future here this one is just a bit of a set back anga anyanya kumhanya up the ladder it is difficult to maintain uri mudiki. He can read about Alexander the Great.

maita - 4 November 2014

Surely what are we saying here,it is better to have an sg who is more powerful than the president! I would prefer it the other way round.The sg should be answerable to the president-i think that makes some sense.

Matilda - 4 November 2014

Machinja tinofanira kukura mukati mwekureketa uyezve kutoziya zviro zvisina maturo mukati mwemuhlangano wedu. Mavhoti akaitwa vanhu vakaona sekuona kwavo, havasi Save vakaita kuti mujaha uyu anyiswe pamavhoti. Kuonawo kwangu ngatikurudzire va Chamisa vagumbatirane nava Mwonzora, muhlangano woendamberi vanhu vari pamwepo, mangwani ndiva Mwonzora vachanyiswawo. Kuona kwangu machinja ngatisiye kureketa kwashata mukati mwemumango wetiri, ngatigwinyisane tihambe tirichiro chimwe. Mwashuma ngekundipawo uyu mukuwo wadayi kunaka machinjawoye. VOICE FROM THE MOUNTAIN.

Christopher Mzite - 4 November 2014

this is the end of this tsvangirai of yours he can be a fighter but he just thinks for himself.

Gunz - 4 November 2014

Biti and MDC Renewal are now true PRESSURE GROUPS as shown by their comments on MDC -T issues .THEY ARE ALREADY KICKING THEMSELVES for leaving the bigger TENT

chamutengure - 5 November 2014

Even if Morgan Tsvangirai could have voted with his entire family, his prefered candiate would have failed since Chamisa would still have got all the none family votes. But voting was not about him but every one who attended the elective congress. Chamisa did not loose neither did Mwonzora win. The elections is about party, and the win everyone is looking forward to is deaft of ZANU PF in 2018. So to all ho participated in the elections forget the results and let MDC as a party now target all its armiunition towrds ZANU PF as party not as individuals. VIVA MDC

annanian - 5 November 2014

Great analysis indeed.It is MDC T, NOT individuals who lost or won in the just ended congress.All is now water under the bridge as the bigger hurdle is still there for us.We should form the next government. Well done Tsvangirai ! Well done MDC T !

GONAREZHOU - 6 November 2014

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