MDC Renewal officials snub Tsvangirai

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s overtures urging those who had left his party and crossed floors to a rival MDC outfit led by Tendai Biti to return to the opposition party have been snubbed.

Following an acrimonious fallout with some of his former comrades, including former treasurer-general Elton Mangoma who was calling for leadership renewal in the aftermath of Tsvangirai’s disputed loss to President Robert Mugabe in the 2013 elections, the MDC leader extended an olive branch to the rebels to renounce their rebellion.

Tsvangirai’s party deployed secretary for mobilisation and recruitment Job Sikhala to lure back the erstwhile allies.

Sikhala’s mission was doomed after he was snubbed by over a dozen high-ranking MDC Renewal Team officials.

Former MDC MP for Hurungwe West Severino Tall Chambati, who is now Renewal Team’s organising secretary for Mashonaland West province, told the Daily News yesterday that he and little-known officials including national executive member Tawanda Bvumo, provincial chairman Eddy Ndiraire and Tonderai Kusemamuriwo, had met Tsvangirai and turned down his request.

To his credit, however, Sikhala managed to rope back to the mainstream MDC former Chegutu mayor Francis Dhlakama and former Mashonaland West spokesperson Biggie Haurobi.

“Sikhala came to persuade us to return and he facilitated a meeting with Tsvangirai at his house some two weeks ago after we demanded to hear what he had to say,” Chambati said.

“We did not, however, agree on anything because the president did not give us assurances that we would be truly and genuinely accommodated. All he did was to tell us that we were welcome but we wanted to know how, what was there for us because we have not forgotten that Morgen Komichi once told us that the party was better without us.”

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed that the former trade unionist met with the rebels.

“They had a very fruitful meeting with the president,” Tamborinyoka said.

“I am, however, not sure where that is now coming from. From the record, anyone is welcome to the MDC big tent especially the respected founding members of the party like Chambati.”

Chambati said he still had residual respect for Tsvangirai but said he was worried that the people who surround the former prime minister were “badly” advising him.

 

Comments (11)

So, by snubbing, how does it help the people of Zimbabwe or indeed the democratic cause? Is this another wish to just want to secure positions. We need servants to the people, not opportunists.

Dr Tapera - 6 August 2015

In the actual facts these oposition guys (the ones following biti) SHOULD STOP AND GO BACK TO TSVANGIRAI BECOUSE BITI WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE ESPECIALY NOW THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT HE IS CORRUPT AND CAN EASILY BE BOUGHT TO TURN THE SHIP TO ONOTHER DIRECTION .THE OTHER THING IS THOSE OTHER GUYS SHOULD PERSONALY KNOW THAT THEY ARE FOLLOWING SOMEONE WITH SELF INTERESTS AND HE IS PART OF ZANU'S GAME TO CONFUSE THE ELECTORATE COME VOTING TIME WHERE THERE WOULD BE TOO MANY SMALL PARTIES TO TO STAND AS BLACK SHADOWS TO STOP PEOPLE FROM UNDERSTANDING THE WELL BEING OF THE WHOLE ELECTORAL PROCESS TO HELL WITH MBITI AND NCUBE THEIR UNKNOWN PARTIES WILL JUSTEND UP BEING UNHEARD OF LIKE ZUM OR NDONGA

mdara - 6 August 2015

Mdara, stop shouting. If Tsvangirai is serious ngaabude mumba yeZanu so that we see that he is not in bed with Mnangagwa.

Taura - 7 August 2015

I have absolutely zero faith or trust in Biti and even less in Tsvangirai, neither of them possess either the integrity or credentials to reform and rejuvenate this once prosperous and beleaguered nation of ours. Mnangagwa is about the one and only current contender who is fit to run this country - sadly though he lacks popular support ruling him out of the race. Joice and the rest of the Gamatox team with all the hollow promises would be no different to President Mugabe as they are all tarred with the same brush and working in cahoots. Don't be fooled by their rhetoric.

Forthright - 7 August 2015

well whether get the two factions back together will be good for MDC i dont know,however i strongly believe that it is high time MDC change its presidential candidate,MDC speaks of a presedent should serve a number of terms and give office for someone else which i stand to be corrected if i have errored ,i strongly believe that a new candidate will make the entire process easier for MDC,T as we know it.Lastly wil MDC ever get back with Gibson Sibanda Welshman Ncube faction in terms of Leadership,After the split MDC lost confidence of many voters and the continued leadership squabbles just confirmed what i have had before i was old enough a Ndebele will never rule Zimbabwe So Gentle food for thought At Harvest House,is Morgan Tsvangirai prepared to stand down in the interest of bring back MDC back to what it was in 1999,

Dube 1 - 7 August 2015

vanhu vazhinji vanedambudziko rekukara mari. vanhu vese vataisa mu national executive mese musafunge kuti tese tinoda mari sezvamunoita ,kurwirana zvinzvimbo pamusaka pemari, isusu ma strong suppoters,original mdc tina morgon tsvangirai. Apa tirikutvaga kuona kuti zanu toibvisa sei, imimi mawe kurwira ma posts mandinyadzisa, manditsverudza. mr Biti nguwa yanga ichakwana ,ndimi sahwira wedu koo makapindwa nei, zvaiwe pachena kuti upresident after morgan ndimi maipinda ko morasika mu one room sei boss.. mr Biti i beg you is the name of kunzwisisa nekutarisa kumberi dzokai ku mdc yenyu tinokupai support yese kuti muwe our next president... mukoma morgan torai mufana wenyu akakanganisa muregrei ...zvimwe munobvinza vatsigiri venyu kana maelders musati maita chiro, vanhu tichikuda mukoma morgon arambe ari panyanyanga tobatsirana nawo until we archieve the change we need...everyone must work do not bleme each other..

dofo - 7 August 2015

hahaha so funny

dhorobhuchi - 7 August 2015

true @dube 1. change is badly needed within the mdc t leadership especially the presidium particularly tsvangirai. he promised never to do a handiende and that he would only serve three terms. now that he tested power, he doesn't want to pass the baton. this is what caused all the squabbles. if the party is democratic, democracy has to be seen in the way leadership is done. when its time to ship out, ship out.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 August 2015

Forthright you are mad. unopenga iwe

Gaga - 7 August 2015

tatindivara. kujaira kutongwa kusvikira munhu abata 100. its our fault. we are the ones who perpetuate the handiende system. it will not end with president mugabe. even tsvangirai would do the same while being encouraged by people like you guys. the fact that he broke his own promise means he will do it over and over.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 August 2015

The likes of Biti could not learn from the Welshman Ncube fiasco who failed to win even a Ward.....

LOLOSWEETLOLO - 8 August 2015

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