Boost for Chamisa, Mudzuri

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s newly-appointed deputies — Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri — have been endorsed by the party’s structures across the country, despite criticism from some quarters.

The two’s recent appointment was met with disapproval from critics who alleged that the move was designed to spite Tsvangirai’s long-serving deputy, Thokozani Khupe — appointed through the MDC’s 2014 elective congress.

However, almost all of the party’s 12 provinces have since issued statements validating the appointments that two party members are challenging in the courts.

“As a province, we are strongly behind the appointments made  by our brand, the real people’s president (Tsvangirai)  with the sole mandate of the national council which is the congress in-between congresses,” Ralph Tawanda Magunje, the party’s Mashonaland West provincial chairperson said in a statement yesterday.

Magunje said Chamisa and Mudzuri would add value to the MDC and that they were no strangers but had “known and proven capabilities, zeal and vast experience in the trenches”.

The same position was taken by the party’s youth assembly, with its president, Happymore Chidziva saying “the appointments were . . . a result of  the congressional powers of the president given to him by the 4th Congress as well as the  directive of the national council which is the highest decision making body between congresses”.

“...Tsvangirai recognises the role and capacities of the youth members of the party,” Chidziva told the media at the party’s headquarters in the capital yesterday.

He added that Mudzuri’s “maturity and experience” would bring stability to the MDC despite critics’ predictions that the party was headed for a split.

“His vast knowledge on matters of the State and business as well as his experience in handling internal cohesion and unity will go a long way in ensuring that Tsvangirai takes over the leadership of this country”.

Other provinces who endorsed the appointments included Chitungwiza, Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South among several others.

“Chitungwiza province would like to join the multitudes of MDC members and Zimbabweans in conveying our best wishes to our new vice presidents who are both products of the party’s supreme decision making body outside congress,” the province’s organising secretary Rangarirai Mutingwende said.

In a statement through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka issued 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.

Tsvangirai — who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer — argued that the decision was arrived at after “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.”

Comments (5)

Apparently, MDC-T party structures are boozers' clubs with little understanding of democracy. They are full of boot-lickers who are easily manipulated. Not so long ago both Mudzuri and Chamisa were sidelined by Tsvangirai as they were deemed to be too ambitious and were thus a threat to Tsvangirai. Then the structures were manipulated and Mudzuri and Chamisa were booed and threatened wherever they went. Chamisa was accused of being less than transparent as organizing secretary. Many strangers leapfrogged veterans to land high posts. Hitherto unknown faces were cleared by Chamisa and his friends to stand as MPs. Primary elections were held by Chamisa in a chaotic manner. Palm greasing became the order of the day under Chamisa's leadership. It's queer that Nelson has been catapulted into the vice president post.

Goofy Gushungo - 26 July 2016

This is certainly a good move as we prepare to smoke the these enemies of the state (Zanu PF) from 35 yrs of atrocious leadership. Well done Mr President.

Mhepoyenzara - 26 July 2016

Zanu PF type of politics where power is concentrated on one man. Provinces being forced to endorse something that is unconstitutional and dictatorial. I can see some sort of Zanu Pf DNA in our beloved Mdc-t. Beginning to think that if given keys of state house we will have the same dilemma we are having with this Mugabe. Elizabeth already controlling the strings from behind the seens as what Grace Mugabe is doing. Our politics need to be dealt with first before we even think of changing Zimbabwe. Our youth leaders are behaving like the Chipangas, Kasukuweres, Chingunos of this Zanu pf.

Teverai Nhete - 27 July 2016

Zanu PF type of politics where power is concentrated on one man. Provinces being forced to endorse something that is unconstitutional and dictatorial. I can see some sort of Zanu Pf DNA in our beloved Mdc-t. Beginning to think that if given keys of state house we will have the same dilemma we are having with this Mugabe. Elizabeth already controlling the strings from behind the seens as what Grace Mugabe is doing. Our politics need to be dealt with first before we even think of changing Zimbabwe. Our youth leaders are behaving like the Chipangas, Kasukuweres, Chingunos of this Zanu pf.

Mhofela - 27 July 2016

all those who are opposing this move are monkeys. in America the world's oldest democracies we are seeing the Clintons and the trumps picking up vice presidents like shoppers picking up chocolate bars from shop shelves. the issue here is about the presidency and nothing else. would you sleep over perekedza mboko ignoring Mugabe unless if you are a fool. tsvangirai will see what to do with his threesome deputies because the country's constitution only requires two. in fact we shall change that to only one. save ngatifimabe nebasa musacheuke muridzo murima.

josphat mugadzaweta - 27 July 2016

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