Chamisa ouster exposes MDC

HARARE - “Numb. Speechless. Sad,” tweeted one Nelson Chamisa loyalist minutes after national executive results came in from the City Sports Centre.

The results made clear that Chamisa’s meteoric political run had abruptly come to an end at a time when he was focused on chances of becoming the first youthful MDC secretary-general. No one paid much attention to the rest of the elections.

Over the course of his more than 15 years in the MDC, Chamisa had become the poster boy for pro-democracy youths. He had been the only youth in the MDC’s powerful  standing committee.

Chamisa embodied what youths believed to be an inspiration: young, educated, tough and unapologetically firm, breaking ranks with a history of dud lawmakers who sought a centrist path, closer to the moderate end of the party’s political spectrum.

But as Chamisa and his supporters learned last Sunday morning of the results, everyone was in shock. Cautious steps must be taken to right this wrong.

It was not only the dream of youths that has now been crushed — and many young people would have loved to see the charismatic Chamisa ascending. His loss to Douglas Mwonzora vividly illustrated the schism within the MDC. And it served as a reminder of what has made some party supporters skittish about the MDC — a sense that ambition is ruthlessly crushed.

It’s very disturbing and very distressing. It is indicative of a very disturbing trend in the MDC, just like we are witnessing in Zanu PF, the onslaught against VP Joice Mujuru.

Chamisa’s controversial loss, after garnering 11 of 12 provincial nominations, echoed through the ranks of MDC officeholders nationally, showing the risks that even senior leaders can face in crossing the MDC president’s path.

Insiders say Chamisa resisted a raft of constitutional changes proposed by Tsvangirai, meant to dilute the powers of the secretary general, and centralise power in the MDC leader’s office.

In hindsight, the seeds of Chamisa’s defeat lay in the ill-advised strategy to resist plans by the MDC leader to reduce the office of the secretary general into a weak centre of power, insiders say.

His defeat also scrambles the outlook for the future of the MDC leadership. He had been seen as the likely successor to Tsvangirai, who some had thought might be considering retiring after the next term.

What ever happened, Chamisa needs not be a mere card-carrying member of the party. He has so much to offer, and we hope he will still be of service to the MDC.

 

Comments (49)

Could not have said it better !!! Chamisa is not bigger than the party but surely this MDC will not be the same without him ... After losing the Calibre of good politicians - Now Renewals ,Chematama continues to show Zanu pf tendencies.... Maybe the Renewals were right after all ,Tsvangi wakumakisa !!! nxaaa

youth ye Chinja - 4 November 2014

A good observation, uptly summed the feelings of most party sympathisers. Nelson Chamisa on his own is an MDC brand, a youthful figure whom we looked forward to futhering the democratic tenets in the country. The scheming that was done is there for all to see. Such a talented, fine, principled and committed democrat can not just be thrown into the dust bins of political obscurity just like that. Give him something meaningful if ever the MDC is entertaining the hopes of getting substantial votes in 2016.

Nyarara zvako Chamisa chana chokumusha - 4 November 2014

I beg to differ comrades. Zimbabwe is where it is today because of this philosophy that someone is not expected to loose an election or must never loose an election. If elections are conducted in a free, fair and conducive environment anything can happen. Whats so special with Chamisa loosing an election? Life goes on . Look at our soccer , its a law that one team must win the league every season. If it happens to be loosing a lot of maneuvers are done to make sure it wins . Last time when Mugabe lost the presidential election to Tsvangirai , what happened? Lets move on with the rest of the world.

charakupa mwenewazvo - 4 November 2014

thanks for speaking for us

suduruka - 4 November 2014

True Charakupa I also differ with this opinion piece. There is nothing ruthlessly done by MDC to crush ambition it is the people who decided not MT not Dougie not Chamisa himself. Why is it a problem with blue eyed boys to lose an election. Yes he became a poster boy but for who, the Press not MDC supporters. He must learn to know what the grassroots are saying and that way he will become a good winning politician. He is a good guy and I expect him to be in some committee. Akaramwira Morgan it means aramwira vanhu because haazi Morgan akavhota. The press is creating a mountain out of a mole hill.

maita - 4 November 2014

Nhai Youth ye chinja what did you want Tsvangirayi to do, nullify the vote? Saka endaka ku Renewal kwacho.

maita - 4 November 2014

Hapana kana akadyiwa akadyiwa chete reporter pliz dnt tarnish the image of our party noone is bigger than the party thats why urikuona imwe party iri kudonha izvozvi inyaya dzeku kavhirana idzodzo if it was free and fair ngaatangidze may next tym anohwina.

Chasura - 4 November 2014

Kana ndimiwo maida kuti Tsvangirai abvise awina achiisa adyiwa nekuti dailynews raizoti hiiii Tsvangirai ndi Dictator .Dictator ndeupi anobvisa awina achiisa a looser ,this is democracy ,no one is bigger that the party.Chamisa should move on with life,saka ma elections anoitirwei if adyiwa achiramba kuti adyiwa,thats nonsense vanhu vemapepa mashaya nyaya manje,fomai yenyu political party moita zvamuri kuda kudzidzisa vamwe.

murambiwa - 4 November 2014

"underline the phrase Chamisa controvesial Loss"- Tsvangi presided over the Mtre Congress wher there was vote rigging and buying , Dougie got his only nomination from there.The same can be said about Matson aginst Banda at Byo - The elections were not fair.. Vanhu vasingadiwe na Tsvang havahwine...Tsvang is not the people my Dear Bro...In other words u are cementing the notion what Tsvangi wants , he gets ,everyone in the mdc knows Tsvangi did not want Chamisa for SG.

youth ye Chinja - 4 November 2014

Chamisa wanga waenderera mberi siterki we were aware that you were working hand in hand with Tendai Biti and the renewal team; you ae now free to join your colegues in the renewal team. We do not even want you in our MDC. What contributions did you brought to MDC. Tuma youth twaikupembedza. We were watching you mufana. For your information ZANU PF is there to stay weather you like it or not Pamberi ne ZANU PF pasi ne MDC.

Ashton Banda - 4 November 2014

Ma-elections anenge bhora so...sometimes your favourite team can easily lose....but what is more is the ability to move on!

Ngationei - 4 November 2014

ko iye chamisa wacho arikuti chii. Brazil yakaroverwa pamusha payo nemasupporters ayo pahome saka maida kuti fifa iti germany ndiyo yalooser here

Aljazeera - 4 November 2014

hahahaha this is a very biased and dangerous article. As someone who attended the congress and as someone who sits in the National Council of the MDC-T let me make it clear that the reporter makes an assumption that Chamisa was rigged which is very wrong, the elections were conducted in a free and fair manner and all contesting candidates had agents who were monitoring to ensure that the procedure would be conducted above board. NC lost to DM in an open manner, the people had issues with NC which had built up from the 2013 primary elections, to the 2013 harmonised elections. In the interest of space and time let me conclude by educating you that; being nominated by 12 provinces is not a ticket that you will win at congress as the provincial nomination council is not even 2/5 of the people who will represent the province at the congress, so ideally if NC was nominated say by 60 people, that province at the congress will be having say 350 people all with voting rights so the number that nominated him becomes insiginificant.........

Ngwena - 4 November 2014

The issue is that Chamisa was becoming too big headed, not for MT's discomfort but for the general membership within the party. His disregard for wise counsel from grassroots was his Waterloo, his penchant to unwittingly dress down members under the cover of high sounding nothings thoroughly made him an enemy of democracy and the Congress was pay-back time.However, going forward, I would advise him to take some steps back, self-inspect and concentrate on servant leadership. Equally, this is the time for him to look for a proper job and this shouldn't be too difficult with his qualifications- Political Administration + Bachelor of Law[s]. I think a leader should have some traceable job/work experience at some firm[s] to really understand what the ordinary family faces every day not someone who has been a party activist at 20 years and now the last 15 years were spend globe trotting and amassing wealth pasina ku company kwatiniti maambobatawo, kunyangwe yakp zvayo.

Chris MuNdau - 4 November 2014

The issue is that Chamisa was becoming too big headed, not for MT's discomfort but for the general membership within the party. His disregard for wise counsel from grassroots was his Waterloo, his penchant to unwittingly dress down members under the cover of high sounding nothings thoroughly made him an enemy of democracy and the Congress was pay-back time.However, going forward, I would advise him to take some steps back, self-inspect and concentrate on servant leadership. Equally, this is the time for him to look for a proper job and this shouldn't be too difficult with his qualifications- Political Administration + Bachelor of Law[s]. I think a leader should have some traceable job/work experience at some firm[s] to really understand what the ordinary family faces every day not someone who has been a party activist at 20 years and now the last 15 years were spend globe trotting and amassing wealth pasina ku company kwatiniti maambobatawo, kunyangwe yakp zvayo.

Chris MuNdau - 4 November 2014

The whole issue is not about Nelson Chamisa's loss to Mwonzora here, but that game was identical to Real Madrid-Bayen Munich clash.One of them had to succumb to a defeat.Therefore, trying to create an impression that Chamisa was sacrificed is wrong.What would you say if Mwonzora had lost to Chamisa? This is true democracy where one is not guaranteed a position but has to sweat for it. The 11 out of 12 provinces that had nominated him were just fooling him that the game was over and yet it wasn't.My advice to Nelson is that there is still plenty of space to continue with your youthful political carrier while in the mainstream MDC-T rather than being wood-winked to join the directionless Renewal Team.

badoo - 4 November 2014

A wise war strategist once said 'One bad general is better than two good ones'. He was referring to how decentralising power diminishes the vision and exposes the whole army and compromises unity. That is why there is a rigid command structure in the military. That's why ZPF has not yet experienced a fatal split - although its leader has abused power. With the powers Tsvangirai now has, pretenders will think twice before trying to 'renew'. It's a pity about Nelson. He miscalculated.

mau mau - 4 November 2014

Tsvangirai is afraid of an person who is better than him. we all loved Biti but we were told he is a rebel, we thought Chamisa was the man only to be told he is too ambitious...Mashakada we understand he is said to be useless. Its only him Tsvangirai who is the sole owner of this struggle. Its high time we rise and tell this man to give the right minds a chance.Without Chamisa Tsvangirai wairasa...sara hako wakadaro

Gunz - 4 November 2014

A lot of us MDC-T supporters were not at this congress. A good percentage of us, supporters are indeed sad that Nelson lost a position he aimed to occupy. All the same we are at the same time relieved that a man in the person of Douglas Mwonzora landed with this responsibility. I say, a responsibility because Zimbabwean politicians use positions for status than delivery of service. Young Nelson Chamisa, you are young and and sharp. You still have a chance to prove a chance to prove a point. Nelson you were part of these poll preparations. You turning around and say that these polls were a sham, points at you as a well dis-organized man. This the same as 2013 elections were we say we were cheated by Zanu-PF and yet you the leaders of the party agreed to participate without the agreed reforms. Nelson, if you go about sulking like the little boy you are, then you are finished. This is a good experience. Get up, dust yourself and start marching. My mother used to say, "oh my you have fallen, wabata mbeva" She would reach out and lift me up. This is what I am doing to you.

Mbareboy - 4 November 2014

I think the ZCTU presided over the elections and I am sure Mr Chamisa has qualms about it.The News organisations have papers to sell and this was a good chance to make a killing by raising a stink.

Guranyanga (Dr) - 5 November 2014

I meant Mr Chamisa has no qualms about it.Typo error.

Guranyanga (Dr) - 5 November 2014

DOUGLAS MWONZORA AND CHAMISA NELSON are MDC -T brands .its painfull that the position had to be filled by one .they all deserved the position .Thats how democracy works .Let all voices of reason now rally behind Tsvangirai for a prosperous Zimbabwe.Chamisa is the future in MDC-T poIlitics .

chamutengure - 5 November 2014

"politics z abt who gets wat wen n how,,,,,,,,,,,,,also an untidy process" Harold Lasswell.

conny - 5 November 2014

"politics z abt who gets wat wen n how,,,,,,,,,,,,,also an untidy process" Harold Lasswell.

conny - 5 November 2014

Judging from what he said on studio7 last night 04/11/14,Chamisa is a great man.He hates politics of confusion fanned by MDC T detractors.Chamisa has been&still is in the MDC T struggle for total freedom of the Zimbabweans.He gracefully accepted the results of the congress,is not power hungry & he remains an integral part of MDC T.The world has not come to an end for him.We are also very happy for Mwonzora who promised to do his best for the party.The MDC T congress was a great success as it was violence free,by secret ballot & was conducted by independent ZCTU.

indoda sibili - 5 November 2014

One had to win between Chamisa & Mwonzora.Both are MDC T sons who will work together for the party & country. MaZanoids anga atoti awana nyaya yokupesanisa MACHINJA. Their congress will be of raising hands to determine who gets what position.Shame on retributive ZANU PF.

GONAREZHOU - 5 November 2014

Nelson - tell us - who was supposed to lose the election? Its the MDC-T that did it and everything happens for a reason because anything outside MDC-T for you is end of carrier. stay in and grow and stop complaining in public as this can only show how politically immature you are. You take things too much for granted and I think that is why we lost the elections in 2013. Where to now - grandma Sekai. Stay at MDC-T Nelson there is something for you there. Don't say I did not tell you.

clement moyo - 5 November 2014

Democracy is all about the people's will. He was good enough in the press' eyes. Unfortunately he did work hard enough to be appreciated by the people. this idea of hero-worshiping people is what has got us where we are today. Thinking that someone is irreplaceable.

felix - 5 November 2014

the post of a secretary general was contested by two brothers Chamisa & Monzora, one of them had to win.manewspaper anoita kuti tione zvisizvo,tifunge zvisizvo. was chamisa ousted? please correct me.

tawanda munyaradzi - 5 November 2014

Chamisa lost to a better candidate. He can not complain about rigging because it was him who controlled the structures. It was clear from the mood on the floor just before voting that Chamisa had lost ground. Even the most junior youths in the party were chanting anti Chamisa slogans. The young man had become too big headed and people were determined to teach him a lesson. At this rate it is very unlikely that Chamisa will win the next primary election in his constituency. It must also be put as a matter of record that Chamisa got less than 30% of the Harare vote and yet Harare nominated him. He knows how he manipulated the nomination process. He must have listened in Mutare when a Harare Province Youth who is now Deputy National Youth President Shake Mukoyi said to him, "we will meet at Congress. Youths will teach you a lesson you will never forget." He obviously thought Mukoyi was joking. At the congress he was confronted by MP for Midlands Teti Banda and was told that he should not expect o get more than 30% of the Midlands North vote. He thought people were joking. I voted as a delegate from the National Executive and I can guarantee that Chamisa got less than 10% of the National Executive vote and it was at that juncture that we all realised the young man was history. He is paying for his sins. He terribly messed up the primary elections in 2013 and up to the time of going to congress, it was him alone who had access to the party's internal voters roll. He is a good friend of mine. WE were at Harare Polytechnic together and we went to UZ together whilst he studied Political Science I went for Economics. I have always told him but Chamisa knows it all. You cannot educate him. He lost to a better guy. That is the message I have for you Nelson and I hope this will not break our friendship. You should also have listened to your wife when he said,"Baba vaTicha please take it one step at a time. Leave the SG post alone for now." His wife is a seasoned lawyer.

Tafirenyika Zhou - 5 November 2014

hooo i see so in short, Mwonzora ndiye aifanira kudyiwa kuti zviwe fair kkkkkk

blazo - 5 November 2014

if indeed Tsvangirau manipulated the process damn him, but if the elections were free and fair, Chamisa should just accept the outcomes of a democratic process. I however dont understand how one could be nominated by 11 provinces, Douglas 1 and then goes on to loose the election. The process is flawed somehow, somewhere

bvojongo - 5 November 2014

were the elections conducted freely and fairly? If so then let us respect the outcome. If anyone alleges they were not conducted freely and fairly then produce evidence. Daily news do not mislead people by taking a position that Chamisa is better than Mwonzora

sjambok - 5 November 2014

guys stop accusing chamisa, people chose wat they wanted of which that is democracy. even him Chamisa accepted the defeat, why then keep on tannishing the image of our party. it is a party of excellence and the defeat of chamisa doesnt mean that he is not going to serve his party. he is still our leader even mwonzora himself commenmted that he was competing with a competent man. i really know that mwonzora will also get advises from chamisa. lets not hammer our leaders. both of them ar influential leaders thaty zanu pf is afraid of them.

bvunzai taivepo - 5 November 2014

After garnering 11 of 12 provincial nominations, how can one go on to lose an election? Tsvangirayi has been quick to learn from his icon Mugabe.

Johno - 5 November 2014

Lets us all understand democracy, people loss or win elections only two options. Chamisa lost and Mwonzora won. Who was suppossed to loss. Just re-strategize for the next round of elections.

L.Mapondera - 5 November 2014

YOUNG cHAMISA, USAKANGA NISWA NAVATAURI .CHIGARO ICHI CHANGA CHISIRI CHAKO,CHIGARO CHAKO CHIRIKO MBERI .RAMBA WAKASHINGA MU MDC -T mangwana uchafara

madhengedhenge - 5 November 2014

HE LOST AN ELECTION...WAS NOT CRUSHED BY ANYONE. GET OVER IT! Doid you want them to rig him back when congress has voted? He will get a position in the executive, just like Elias Mudzuri before. In any case he is a parliamentarian.

penny - 5 November 2014

If it was Robert Mugabe the tyrant he would have called for a rerun.

Guranyanga (Dr) - 5 November 2014

Chamisa wanted the SG to have a lot of powers thinking that he was definitely going to get the post. Good that he fell by the wayside...cenrtist type of belief typical of Mugabe..next time young man, its not about you but about positions...you are just a number in the organisation just like everyone else. These yogh ex-student activist think running a political party is like arranging a 21st birthday bash!! This is politics Chamisa when you loose you loose that's it...break way if you want a party that gives executive powers to the secretary general.

Garikayi - 6 November 2014

11 out of 12 provinces may simply mean 11 out of 12 provincial chairmen but not the real people on the ground.Anyway,Chamisa is a democrat&'ll not go anywhere.He is a great asset in MDC T&may still be appointed to a position in the executive. NYARAI KUTAURA ZVISINA BASA !!!

KUZVIFADZA - 6 November 2014

11 out of 12 provinces may simply mean 11 out of 12 provincial chairmen but not the real people on the ground.Anyway,Chamisa is a democrat&'ll not go anywhere.He is a great asset in MDC T&may still be appointed to a position in the executive. NYARAI KUTAURA ZVISINA BASA !!!

KUZVIFADZA - 6 November 2014

11 out of 12 provinces may simply mean 11 out of 12 provincial chairmen but not the real people on the ground.Anyway,Chamisa is a democrat&'ll not go anywhere.He is a great asset in MDC T&may still be appointed to a position in the executive. NYARAI KUTAURA ZVISINA BASA !!!

KUZVIFADZA - 6 November 2014

11 out of 12 provinces may simply mean 11 out of 12 provincial chairmen but not the real people on the ground.Anyway,Chamisa is a democrat&'ll not go anywhere.He is a great asset in MDC T&may still be appointed to a position in the executive. NYARAI KUTAURA ZVISINA BASA !!!

KUZVIFADZA - 6 November 2014

Chamisa out out out Dougie in who the hell is Nelson a villager from Chamisa village in Gutu a pretender who buys lectures to pass his exams at the UZ.Chamisa dzokera kwaGutu and go and practice kwamupandawana magistrate courts where 85% of the cases are stock theft maybe maybe they will chose you to be mudhibisi mukuru padhimba

Colonel - 6 November 2014

A lot of us were overcome by the same feeling of hopelessness and despair by the new s of young Nelson's betrayal as what befell us when we were told ZANU PF had won the 31st July elections! And just as ZANU PF went on on to fall apart, s shall MDC.

Johno - 7 November 2014

Ngwena said being nominated by Provinces is not a ticket that you will win at Congress. So "Dr " Grace don't be surprised if you meet the same fate as Chamisa at the Zanu(PF). Nothing is ever guaranteed. Kkkkkkk

Dhidhidhi - 8 November 2014

When it comes to issues that has to do with MDC you happen to see a lot of people throwing there comments. Why cant people see anything wrong going on in Zanu PF even when democratically Provincial Elections where done still mthere are those who say warasa gwara remu sangano. The same people when they point wrong things you here comments such as its the MDC which is causing all these divisions. Leave Chamisa alone he openly told everyone what his plans are. People should worry about Madisnyoro ari kutora nzvimbo mu Ruling Party.

Karigamombe - 8 November 2014

I voted with conscience. I voted for a better leader. A much calmer leader.

MkanyaGP - 29 October 2017

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