'Zanu PF trying to derail Tsvangirai'

HARARE - With Zanu PF arguably at its weakest point ever due to its deadly factional and succession wars, there are claims that the ruling party is working to weaken the MDC ahead of the 2018 elections by manufacturing divisions among opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's leadership team.

Both Zanu PF and MDC sources claimed in interviews with the Daily News yesterday that President Robert Mugabe's ruling party was "hellbent on stirring animosity" between Tsvangirai and former MDC organising secretary Nelson Chamisa.

"There is a massive propaganda and disinformation campaign against Save (Tsvangirai) and the MDC by Zanu PF ahead of the 2018 national elections.

"The sad reality is that some MDC bigwigs are biting this misinformation blitz by the CIO," a Zanu PF source said.

An MDC official corroborated the view, saying some of his senior colleagues were allegedly and "willingly participating in the plot as they feel that with Chamisa out in the cold their own political careers will fly".

"Many colleagues in the party know that after Tsvangirai very few can stand against Chamisa as you know that this young man has a strong support base. This is why they also want to eliminate him from the equation before Tsvangirai's departure," the official who is sympathetic to Chamisa said.

Although Chamisa is not a member of the MDC's standing committee - its top decision-making body - some of his comrades have accused him of allegedly leading a party faction that wants Tsvangirai out, a claim that Tsvangirai himself is said not to support.

After Chamisa lost elections for the party's secretary-general post to Douglas Mwonzora last year, many of his internal detractors thought that the youthful legislator was finished.

However, he has confounded them by continuing to participate fully in party processes and remaining the most visible party legislator in Parliament where he often locks horns with senior Zanu PF bigwigs. For the past few weeks, State media have been awash with reports of the alleged divisions between Tsvangirai and Chamisa, as well as claims that the latter is leading a powerful faction that wants Tsvangirai out.

"If you look at all this, you will see that this is a well-calculated move to force president Tsvangirai to act against Chamisa.

" But I tell you that no one will separate the two as you know they have come a long way together," another senior MDC official said.

Contacted for comment, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the opposition movement was united.

"The MDC is a united political party under the very able, visionary and charismatic leadership of Morgan Tsvangirai. Let me categorically state that there is absolutely no friction or rift between Morgan Tsvangirai and Nelson Chamisa," Gutu said, adding that the party's detractors and State security agents were "busy" trying to create a picture of friction and disaffection within the MDC.

"The truth of the matter is that there's no leader within the MDC structures who is unhappy with the leadership of Morgan Tsvangirai.

"Zanu PF infiltrators, as well as CIO agents are busy at work trying to collapse the people's project, the MDC. But they will never succeed in destroying us. We are as solid as the rock of Gibraltar.

"We know that the CIO has set aside a staggering amount of $100 million in a counter-intelligence project to destroy both Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC that he leads. But all these nefarious plans will come to naught. They will never see the light of day,'' Gutu added.

Comments (20)

tsvangirai derails himself. he is a master at blundering. already he ruled out contesting the 2018 general election because zanu pf might field grace mugabe. that palys well into the hands of zanu pf. he will always be gifting them. no one would derail him as best as he does.

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jinks - 20 November 2015

Biti and Mangoma were given the contract to destroy Tsvangirai and Mdc wants for all.History repeats itself to those who are stupid stupid stupid !Look at Welshman!

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bremand bremand - 21 November 2015

Tsvangirai is ZANU PF. All this rhetoric trying to make them look as real opposition is nothing but a farce. Let us all look at reality in the face and quickly learn who is who in this zoo.

High 5 - 22 November 2015

Madyira and Ngwena are 1 more than Chitovah is to Save. Musabatwe kumeso kunyengedzwa nehore isina mvura. Mukaranga mukaranga. Chitovah is rather happy that mumwe wedu wakuzopapinda zvino. and maje zvana zvokumusha hazvirashane. parliament mazuvaano ndeyemakaranga. Gore ramuchaziva kuti ngwena naChitovah vanoudzirana mibvunzo nemhinduro ndoramuchati hlokohloko. Gwezhira gwanyarara zvagwo

Wezhira - 22 November 2015

All sane people know Morgan is never a sellout that is why he is liked by millions and hated most by Mugabe who tried many times to kill him and even hired some dubious people like Ben Manashe to silence him of which all failed .This man is chikakarara chiyicho CIO are trying day and night to topple Morgan but with masses on his side Mugabe is wasting his time and better use the money which he is giving to cio to derail Morgan to build clinics and mend pot holes bcoz Morgan is here to stay . It is wise for Chamisa to come out clean on this issue dismiss it then we know were he stands or stay mouth zipped then we know he is dinning with satan like what Biti did .

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sane people kupiko nhai @diibulainyoka? can you not see the photo of mr tsvangirai holding his head. musoro iwoyo urikumutema muzukuru wapresident iyeyo. problem yake ndeye musoro unomurwadza. when it matters most he will always let you down. otherwise he would have been the leader of zimbabwe early 2000. kufunga is very limited with save. michato kupera.

zvirozviyedzwa - 23 November 2015

May I take this time to congratulate long-time freedom fighter Ung Sun Soo Chi (apologies for the spelling) , and proceed to confirm that the day is sure to come when I shall as well congratulate the people of Zimbabwe. freedom never on a silver platter. Ncube is much like Chikerema as Biti might be like a Buthelezi, who knows. We have in the MDC been since 2000 been hijacked by guys who betrayed us on winning municipalities. Yet now is time for fight, in togetherness, for survival.

davidmaombo - 23 November 2015

Zanu-PF, MDC and any other political party are just that - Political Parties. Part of what any political party does is to weaken the competition and highlight its strength. As much as I do not like Zanu-PF I do not see anything wrong about them trying to weaken MDC. They are doing what political parties do. Instead, the question should be what is the MDC doing to weaken Zanu-PF. No news here!

Themba - 23 November 2015

@ZIROZIYEDZA the problem with you is uphambene and have very serious difficulty to see things as they are that is why you always repeat Mangoma 's nonsense.Your thinking ability is very minimal like that of a kachembere in uzumba which i have no doubt you come from judging by the way you hallucinate here ..

Diibulaanyika - 23 November 2015

MDC is a party of corrupt and incompetent individuals, dividing them is easy!

Wilbert Mukori - 23 November 2015

no need to divide them they divide themselves. check how they recently donated 10 parliamentary seats to zanu pf. tsvangirai blunders willy nilly.

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