Tsvangirai explains VP appointments

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says nine out 12 MDC provinces backed the appointment of two vice presidents contrary to allegations that he single-handedly made the controversial changes.

The appointment of Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa as Tsvangirai’s deputies was met with howls of disapproval from his critics who argued that the move was designed  to spite his other deputy Thokozani Khupe — a product of the MDC elective congress in 2014.

But in a statement through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday, Tsvangirai reiterated that the decision had been taken upon recommendation by the national council — the party’s supreme decision-making body in between congresses.

“Last Thursday, the national executive recommended to council that the president increases the number of his vice presidents, considering the mammoth task that needs to be done ahead of the election  (in 2018) and other exigencies of our political moment as a party,” Tamborinyoka said.

“The national council thoroughly debated this matter to the extent that each province was asked to state its position on the issue.

“The MDC has 12 provinces and representatives from all provinces put forward their position on this issue. First to state its position was Bulawayo province and Mashonaland Central was the last to make its presentation.  Of the 12 provinces, nine said the president should be allowed to increase his deputies while three provinces thought otherwise”.

Under the MDC constitution, the national council is mandated to effect policy decisions.

Tamborinyoka noted that even the three provinces that were of a different position did not disagree with the principle of Tsvangirai increasing the number of his deputies.

He said the provinces only had problems with other factors such as the timing and not necessarily the principle itself.

Quoting article 6.4.1 and 6.4.2 (a) of the MDC constitution Tamborinyoka added that in any event, the party’s supreme law gives powers to the national council to run the party in between congresses.

“In addition, article 16.1 of the party constitution says such powers include the power to determine ‘the process of any selection including the power of making any appointment to any position’. It is this body that gave the president the directive to appoint his deputies.

“This directive should be read within the broader context of the fact that the 4th Congress of October 2014 gave the MDC president the powers to make appointments into the standing committee, on top of the elected officials”.

He said Tsvangirai used the same powers when he appointed the MDC secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai into the standing committee as secretary for elections and Amos Chibaya as deputy organising secretary following the death of Thamsanqa Mahlangu.

“In addition, Article 9.1.1 (f) says the party president shall perform any function, duty and exercise any power as directed by the national council”.

Apparently, responding to allegations that Tsvangirai’ appointments did not recognise the tribal component of the country’s politics which ostensibly demand a balance between Ndebeles and Shonas in leadership positions, Tamborinyoka insisted that the appointments were done on the basis of  meritocracy.

“Some have raised valid issues concerning gender and tribe but as (president) Tsvangirai pointed out last week, it was the nature of the job that needed to be done that determined the candidates that were appointed and not any other factor. It did not matter where the cats came from. As long as they catch mice”!

He emphasised that the decision of the MDC organs took centre stage ahead of those of individual members.

“Individual whims and caprices are subordinate to the will of the majority. Whether an individual has chosen to stay away from the meeting, or whether one’s position was in the minority the majority decision becomes the party position as long as the meeting was quorate, as last Thursday’s national council meeting was.

Comments (6)

It's interesting to see the press statement was given with his wife next to him, and at his house, not at MDC Offices. Morgan, please step aside and let new blood take over, you are Mugabe 2.0 in the making. You have only appeared of recent in the public, where were you since June 2013? You have been sleeping?

Anthony Galtieri - 20 July 2016

not worthy of comment

truth - 20 July 2016

@ truth, you need to go back to all the schools you attended and demand a refund of all the fees you or your father paid.If it was not worthy of your comment, i don't think you realise that you made a comment thereby making it worthy.Ko ukanyarara havakubhadhari here?

Tahir Iqbal - 20 July 2016

What else could Tsvangirai, say his role model is Robert Mugabe.We shudder to imagine what was going to happen if Tsvangarai became the president of this country with all the security infrastructure at his disposal.

Gen. Spinola - 20 July 2016

refer to the article - ''zenzele - tswangirai dares zimbabweans, posted yesterday''

Gillian - 21 July 2016

It is not about positions but it is mainly about the job to be done ahead of 2018 , the backlog is huge and the three VPs need to unite and work hard to make sure that ZANU goes out of power by 2018, therefore strategically Tsvangirai is still on the correct track . Thokozani Khuphe must understsnd that it is not all about taking powers away from her , she must continue working hard for the congress and be in the competition with the other two VPs . Akusetshenzwe indaba yezikhundla ayisebenzi .

Khalabemgeza - 21 July 2016

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