Tsvangirai will win in 2018 - Mliswa

HARARE - In a ringing endorsement of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, firebrand former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa, says the only politician who can take on President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu PF and win the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections is the dogged former prime minister.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, in which he pooh-poohed both the tactics and the appetite for a bruising political fight by former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters, the garrulous Mliswa described Mujuru and her close aides as “cowards of note”.

“The only leader who has popularity outside Zanu PF is Tsvangirai who has proved it in several elections. Tsvangirai has also got the biggest opposition party in the country and banks on his unquestionable grass roots support and what does People First have? Nothing!

“At least (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader) Simba Makoni has something because we know he once garnered eight percent of the vote in 2008.

“Even Mliswa has something outside Zanu PF after participating in the recent by-elections as an independent,” he said as he savaged Mujuru, her allies and the chances of the “original” Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First as the 2018 elections beckon.

Mliswa described Mujuru and her close aides as cowards who were also “too compromised” to publicly challenge Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF, by officially forming and operationalising their political outfit.

He said the reasons why Mujuru and the likes of former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa were being cagey about when exactly they would officially launch their party was because they were afraid of being arrested on one hand and also had a “misguided belief” that the former VP was “very popular”.

“The first thing is that these people worked with Mugabe for a long time and some of them are corrupt, so they are hesitant. They are clearly afraid. They also mistakenly think that Mujuru’s popularity within Zanu PF translates to popularity for a presidential bid. No, they are wrong,” Mliswa said.

He added that the fact that Mujuru shared her Zanu PF supporters with Mugabe “almost half-half” meant that if she were to challenge for the presidency, their votes would be split to Tsvangirai’s advantage.

He said even if Mujuru and her allies hoped for a grand coalition with other opposition parties, the likes of Tsvangirai would get very little out of it as “the success of such a coalition depends on what you bring on the table”.

Mliswa accused Mujuru and other leaders of the People First movement, who include his uncle Mutasa, of being “lily-livered” after they failed to defend other former ruling party officials who were ruthlessly purged for supporting the former VP when she was still Mugabe’s deputy.

“They kept quiet when hardworking cadres like Jabulani Sibanda were being expelled when they had the power to intervene through the politburo that they controlled. They could have called (Mugabe’s wife) Grace to order when she went around misleading the nation about Mujuru, but they did not even raise a finger.

“Why did they not have (David) Butau, (Ray) Kaukonde, (Kudakwashe) Bhasikiti and myself participate in the recent by-elections as People First candidates to test our popularity? Did we not lose an opportunity?”, Mliswa asked.

He said as a result, even if the People First movement were to eventually metamorphosise into a fully-fledged political party, he would not be part of it. Rather, he would form a youth advocacy group aimed at alerting young voters about the need to vote, as well as to make leaders accountable.

“I do not join people who do not have support. We will campaign in various constituencies, holding meetings with aspiring electoral candidates, interrogating them on their plans for the community,” he said.

Mliswa spoke as feisty war veteran Margaret Dongo has pledged her loyalty to Mujuru, dispelling concerns that she was working against the “original” Zanu PF formation which is locked in a bitter power struggle with Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF.

A week ago, Dongo was identified with a new political outfit, the Movement for People First — which was said at the time to be different from the “original” Zanu PF that is fronted by stalwarts of the country’s liberation struggle, and whose presumptive leader is Mujuru.

But concerted lobbying behind the scenes by Mujuru’s close allies, as well as successful appeals for “patience” on Dongo’s part and that of a group of restless war veterans who were rallying behind her, appear to have persuaded her to abandon the plans to form her own separate political party.

Dongo, the interim chairperson of the Movement for People First, told the Daily News on Thursday that she and her comrades were fully behind Mujuru, whom they wanted to lead the People First movement and rescue the country from “the edge of the precipice” where it had allegedly been placed by Mugabe’s “35 long years of misrule”.

“It is necessary to correct the seeming impression that what we have launched is a fully-fledged political party that works against the People First’s aspirations to form a new political party in Zimbabwe.

“The correct scenario is that the Movement for People First is a grouping that is set to work towards a common political front under Cde Joice Mujuru, but with an interim mandate to do anything and everything that the looming larger party would have done had it been launched.

“We are therefore a mobilising and information-gathering tool of the coming bigger party, hence the reference to me as interim chairperson of the Movement for People First and not its president,” Dongo said.

The formation of the Movement for People First had come amid fears of the heavy infiltration of the “original” Zanu PF formation by State agents, even as the liberation war stalwarts who are spearheading its uncoiling were adamant that nothing would stop the formation of the planned party.

Sources privy to the goings-on in People First also told the Daily News that Mujuru herself — who is apparently very close to Dongo — was being kept abreast of the planning work for the official launch of the “original” Zanu PF. The former VP had also apparently impressed it on all her supporters to unite and work for a common cause.

Comments (23)

Though it is true that Tsvangirai will be part of a coalition that will oust Mugabe in 2018, Mliswa is simply looking for a home after he lost as an independent and also failed to get Mugabe's sympathy to be allowed back into ZANU PF. Haanyatsoziva zvaanoda. Nhasi vaMugabe vakanaka, Mangwana Mai Mujuru and now Tsvangirai. AAA iwe Temba you now sound very confused and people won't take you seriously

VanaMliswa - 15 August 2015

Temba dzikama udzoke kwawaidya

budya 365 - 15 August 2015

Indeed, Temba continues to prove what he is beyond doubt - "a political prostitute of note". Those who continue to look up to this guy as a leader really have to think twice. For all we know "a prostitute is no one's lover or spouse - his/her spouse is simply money, money, money,..., in cash or kind. In short, Temba like most of his erstwhile colleagues & friends within and without zanu pf now (including Runaida, Dydimus & Kudakwashe) is not guided by any long-term principles and values. No, inzara chete iri kumupupisa furo - akatoregwa sando dzokuba nadzo naGushungo. That's his guy's beef with zanu pf & Gushungo only - nothing statesman about his huffing & puffing. Be wary of this hyena guys - it will never turn into a sheep; never!

mapingu - 15 August 2015

Well observed Themba but we all already know that Morgan is Mugabe ,s biggest threat who will definately and eventually defeat zanu come 2018 elections .You and Jabu for now have seen some light and you both talking like sane adult human beings , Mujuru and Dongo are zanu and citizens of this lovely country will never bring zanu into power through a back door called people first . These are what Shona people call ana mucheka dzafa all along Morgan had been fighting Mugabe and has managed to bring him down to earth then we see these people telling us that they is leadership crises in the country and they want to fix that .Themba has seen light from the big tent led by Morgan and has right to say it without fear of offending anyone Viva Morgan

Diibulaanyika - 15 August 2015

Uri ryt hako Themba.Ndiwe unoziwa chokwadi chose nekuhwina kwakaita Tsvangison.Chokwadi chiya chobuda zvino.Gore rino..?tichadzidza zvakawanda.Seka hako.

duliwadzimu - 16 August 2015

Mliswa, Gumbo, Bhaskiti, Mujuru, Dongo, Tsvangirai are all in disguise posing as anti Mugabe, "we want change" campaigners but are in actual fact ALL part of the Mugabe camp intent on splitting the vote then after elections joining Mugabe's grand coalition. Consider voting for any of these sellouts and you will inherit the exact same ZANU PF culture, this I guarantee you. Comrades don't be fooled, open your eyes to what is going on. Never ever forget that it was Tsvangirai who helped facilitate Mugabe's full recovery in 2008 by signing that GNU agreement.

Jason Gudo - 16 August 2015

Morgan is going to lead Zimbabwe

simbarashe - 16 August 2015

Well a boboyan is well known of being stupid animal and it can not foresee and fore tell any dangers lurking .

Diibulaanyika - 16 August 2015

chii chinozivikanwa na Tsvangirirai chaanoziva vakadzi Themba corruption yakawanda pauri

kay - 17 August 2015

Mliswa is an infltrator.With the naivety in MDC T they can make him a national chairman.Havatani kunakidzwa nezvinhu zvisina basa

John Ndugu - 17 August 2015

shame on you Mliswa, now that you have tasted sour grapes,you are blaming ZANU-PF...TSVANGSON hapana chaanoziva apa

paidamoyo - 17 August 2015

Paidamoyo.Uri dofo remunhu.iwe chaunoziva chii.At least we have a better opposition party which caused headache to your father Mugabe.After all we heard from the horse's mouth that he rigged.One month waiting for the results.On the GNU ,things were moving better far more better than now.If i may ask you?what did you eat today and whats your monthly budget on grocery only.Saka you are better off netutsaona twemu road .If you dont have any encouraging messages please whistle

Hoad - 17 August 2015

ummm!

changamire dombo - 17 August 2015

in his dream yes he will rule this country. if he gave another person in his party a chance yes mdc would definitely rule zimbabwe. as for morgan, he is not democratic and some of us already see a dictator in the making and we will ensure he doesn't get the chance. we don't want a handiende types like mogiza.

zvirozviyedzwa - 17 August 2015

When God looks down on Zimbabwe He sees the truth of each and every electoral outcome. MT was fairly and squarely voted in 2008 and 2013 was a sham from beginning to end. Does ZPF honestly think it can outfox the God who knows and sees all? Better they repent! and call fresh free and fair elections now!

TruthBTold - 18 August 2015

Temba is just an unenlightened zanu pf political prostitute bend on diverting the electorate ,can you Mr Mliswa just shut the fuck up and then go suck your mum's rotten dick arse shit ,we sick and tired of zanu and all its morons shit.Shut up and go eat the $15 million you extort from billy rottenheardbarch nxaaa

Sekuru Gushungo Biltong - 18 August 2015

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