Tsvangirai dismisses Nkosana Moyo

HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has trashed chances of former Cabinet minister Nkosana Moyo — who last week announced that he will contest President Robert Mugabe in next year’s elections — saying he lacks the support needed to mount a strong challenge and win the polls.

Addressing the media in the capital yesterday after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of little known Transform Zimbabwe, Tsvangirai also announced that the long-mooted grand coalition would be concluded at the end of the month.

“One of the things that you have to understand is that and I have asked a lot of my colleagues in the opposition movement, when you form a party, you must ask yourself, where am I going to get the people, because at the end of the day it is the people who decide whether you are a successful politician or not.

“In this case, there is just one question you have to ask my colleague Nkosana, do you know where Mbire is? Well Mbire may be in the rural areas, but do you know where Tafara is?

“If he can answer that question, then I think we are on the same wave length,” Tsvangirai told journalists.

The veteran former trade union leader spoke as his party has promised Moyo that “we will meet in the political market” in one of the clearest indications that the MDC does not intend to work with the former Industry and International Trade minister and wants to meet him in the presidential ring, come 2018.

Moyo’s declaration that he will contest Mugabe in 2018 under the auspices of the Alliance for the People’s Agenda, has already set tongues wagging in the opposition movement with senior MDC officials such as the party’s deputy treasurer, Charlton Hwende, reacting emotionally to his presidential bid.

“A lot of the people now claiming to have solutions to bring change in Zimbabwe disappeared when the dictator’s brutality was at its peak. They went out of the country to make money whilst ... Tsvangirai remained fighting for a better life for all.

“Now because of Mugabe’s advanced age and the improved political environment in the country, they are now back armed with properties in and outside the country and cash to hoodwink Zimbabweans to ditch Tsvangirai.

“Some even wish death to Tsvangirai but they must know that it is the toiling masses that put Tsvangirai at the helm of the democratic struggle and they will make sure he wins in 2018. That position is non negotiable, it’s born out of a covenant with the masses,” Hwende wrote on his Facebook wall.

Apart from anger, MDC supporters also say Moyo’s participation in the make-or-break elections, was likely to tilt the scale in favour of Mugabe like what happened in 2008 when Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni participated as an independent candidate.

Makoni, a former Finance minister in Mugabe’s government, received 8,3 percent of the vote and was accused of causing a presidential run off as Tsvangirai won the first round of the election but failed to gain enough votes to defeat the Zanu PF leader, outright.

Tsvangirai yesterday gave his strongest hint that he would not countenance any other person to lead the grand coalition when he penned the MoU with Ngarivhume.

“ . . . no party is bigger or smaller, nzizi dzinozara nemadiriro (a river is bigger because of streams that flow into it). Any little tributary will ultimately constitute Save, which is a bigger river,” Tsvangirai said wittingly.

His totem is Save.

“As MDC, we recognise that good leadership entails among other things the ability to assist in the creation of new leaders and not recycle already recycled and failed ones as part of the process of building a vibrant multi-party democracy in our country for today and for posterity. We need to infuse new blood and new thinking in our body politic.

“Today, as part of this process, we have signed another MoU with a young but vibrant party —Transform Zimbabwe. A party, which has its roots in our religious and civic community. A party formed and led by young people. A party that has worked well with others in the democratic movement, seeking an even electoral playing field.

“Old wine in new bottles just won’t cut it, because it will be a continuation of the status quo. We need vibrancy and a leadership focused on the current and future challenges that our country and in particular our young people are facing and will face. An agenda anchored on the past as represented by Zanu PF and its neo-acolytes or should I say Zanulites, won’t cut it,” Tsvangirai said.

The former prime minister in the inclusive government repeated his stance on the selection of coalition partners and appeared again to take a dig at the likes of Moyo.

“In the last few months we have answered the call by the people of Zimbabwe for opposition unity. In this regard, in December 2016 our National Council met and defined a path that the party would follow in achieving the coalescing of opposition forces.

“This path departs from the current narrative in coalition building, which is being informed, by positions rather than a transformative agenda that responds to the needs of the people. We say no to a coalition built on the basis of a boardroom elite consensus, devoid of and divorced from the voices of Zimbabweans in whatever form expressed and implied,” said Tsvangirai.

“This path involves the careful selection of our would-be partners, so that we are not infiltrated by our opponents but coalesce only with those who genuinely share our transformative agenda.

“ . . . all coalitions discussions should end by end of this month and that the party should now engage in organisational work which is preparing for elections, continue with networking, building networks…,” he added.

A large cross section of Zimbabweans, drawn from the church, civic and student movements, have said the mooted grand coalition would provide the opposition with the best chance of defeating Mugabe and his divided Zanu PF next year.

Tsvangirai has now signed MoUs with former vice president Joice Mujuru, Welshman Ncube — once his secretary-general — and now Ngarivhume, as part of finalising talks to form the electoral alliance.

However, there are no clear indications on who will lead the coalition as both Mujuru and Tsvangirai have publicly made statements that do not support each other’s bid.

Comments (19)

Save tinemi nhambwe yese, musacheuka muridzo , ndi robert ari kuda kutibira zvekare.

Tafa Mahoso - 6 July 2017

Taurai tinzwe vaGudo, zvamaiti Tsvangirai ndimbimbindoga,,hezvo ataura ega kuti haasikuzviisa pachigaro chepamusoro,!!!!!!,,enemies of progress

Matsotsi - 6 July 2017

Chamusirikuona vanhu ndechekuti Mugabe anobira Tsvangirai pfungwa,,MDC yakavakwa ichiti ivhu kuvanhu Mugabe akaona kuti munhu uyu auya nepfungwa akatanga kutorera varungu mapurazi.Ikozvino Tsvangirai akaisa vapfanha vana chamisa pahu vise president, iripfungwa yekuisa vechidiki kuti vagadzirise nyika,,Mugabe ikozvino avakudawo kuita saizvozvo.

Matsotsi - 6 July 2017

save rambai muripo vana mafekezolo john come late....shure kwenyu...you are the face of change any one who is trying otherwise is fooling himself. vana mujuru nevese shure kwa MORGAN OR else all put the coalition in the dust bin and come up with one man for himself and God for us all bez you people you are power hungry and by end of day you power hungry becomes idiotic and you loose everything kkkkkk wake up idiots power hungry people see the reality mheni....Tozokutukai fungai/khumbulani madhodha

dofo - 6 July 2017

Gentlemen and Zimbabweans i usually dont get involved in politics. Asi maonere andirikuita ivezvi ndeekuti Tsvangirai arikuuraya nhika pamwechete naVaMugabe. He has clearly said he will not countenance anyone to lead mubatanidzwa wemasangano ese. This is not the time to talk of who is going to be leading. Lets all get together and we will the elect the leader.

Chingondo - 6 July 2017

chingondo wakawata shamwari enda unowata akumutsa ndiani vamwe vakamuka karesa mupolitics munezvakawanda there chancers ,sell outs, etc and money roitas etc so vanhu they want to go with guinuine people enda urambe wakarara shamwari usapedza nguwa kuvenga politics dzakareba kudarika iwewe irefu chaizvo kwauri iwe ne bato rako unganidzanai ikoko kwa morgan ndizvo ....shamwari ngataibatsiranei ku exposa zunu pf rigging machinery and zec thivies after that a batsira ku eposa chigaro

dofo - 6 July 2017

chingondo wakawata shamwari enda unowata akumutsa ndiani vamwe vakamuka karesa mupolitics munezvakawanda there chancers ,sell outs, etc and money roitas etc so vanhu they want to go with guinuine people enda urambe wakarara shamwari usapedza nguwa kuvenga politics dzakareba kudarika iwewe irefu chaizvo kwauri iwe ne bato rako unganidzanai ikoko kwa morgan ndizvo ....shamwari ngataibatsiranei ku exposa zunu pf rigging machinery and zec thivies after that a batsira ku eposa chigaro

dofo - 6 July 2017

Nkosana is a Zanu Pf project. He does not have even 1 single structure, even 1 ward with supporters. NKOSANA IS DAY DREAMING.

Nando - 6 July 2017

Be prepared to have Mugabe for another 5 years and Grace 40+ years after Mugabe, Bona 40+ years afterwards in leadership. Morgan, like the war veterans, has a sense of entitlement. He is no different! Can you blame Mugabe for all this? Mugabe sets the rules of the game and opposition plays his game. I think Mnangagwa is very wise. Nkosana is also very wise and even Biti. Probably, Zimbabwe is better with Mugabe than with Tsvangirai.

PKisa - 6 July 2017

I think Nkosana is a legend in his own mind

biggus - 6 July 2017

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mama janate - 7 July 2017

pkisa nevamwe cinosakisa zvese udofo ihwohwo hwekusaona chokwadi zvinoita kuti mwemwe atonge for 100 years 2.. power hungery yenyu iyoyo 3...Mari yamuno tengesa nayo one zec people becz of kupiwa mari nekubharanabhara wanobira mae elections becz of money saka umwe neumwe tarisa paumire iwewe kuti pakaita sei.....chekupedzisira iwo his exellent wanodawo here kuzopaumwe munhu kana vachinge vadyiwa sezvazviri majori haichachadi saka taingai magara nawo pasi kana makashinga even I URGE morgan kutaura nawo becz zvese zvatirikutaura hazvishandi kana iwo vasingadi kusiya chigaro chawo.......Dai abvuma zvino no need for your coalition then one man for him self and God for us all and for progress who ever wins most seats will join other in the next gvt either the ruling part , mujuru ,bit or what ever by the way we all zimbabweans and we need to take our country forward uchaona iwewe mwana wako achanorora kanakuroorwa nemunhu vekubhinga kana kwamutoko kwausingadi ikoko wozoita sei kana uchiura nyika urikuzviuraya pachako chinja maiitiro iwawo ekusaziwa

dofo - 7 July 2017

Honestly there is no difference between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, instead of telling and starting to campaign he is blaming others for no support base. how many elections has he lost and still refused to allow a new order in his party to freshen up his movement? you accuse Robert of not having a successor but how about you? its all about power for you and if really you look at signals of corruption you have, Zimbabweans will regret propping this dictator,

gearge bango - 7 July 2017

Honestly there is no difference between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, instead of telling and starting to campaign he is blaming others for no support base. how many elections has he lost and still refused to allow a new order in his party to freshen up his movement? you accuse Robert of not having a successor but how about you? its all about power for you and if really you look at signals of corruption you have, Zimbabweans will regret propping this dictator,

gearge bango - 7 July 2017

Bango,u need to understand one thing,,Tsvangirai is not the president of the country,,he is the president of a movement which is fighting for economic transformation &democracy.A true fighter can not quit the fight unroll he wins.There is a difference between a dictator &a freedom fighter&as u can see urself that all who accused him of being a dictator now understands the fact that it's not yet for them to tell Tsvangirai to quit.The struggle still continue&people needs leaders like him.If he wins&rule for life then u can judge him.Vanhu hamuzivi zvamunoda,,dai Tsvangirai akarega maitaurisa futi.What is happening to Mawarire now????only because he left&went to USA,,people forgot all he did&now they are mocking him.People be open minded&stop being ridiculous please

Matsotsi - 7 July 2017

I don't think progressive people hate Tsvangirai ,they only want him to demonstrate what he purports to fight for in action by acknowledging that he had had enough tries at Mugabe & now shld give to his lieunants in the struggle,in fact he shld hv already done it in a clear show that he does not intend to personalise or try to gain n thing fr it but only to share with others the sweat or burden of the fight-unlike Mugabe he shld hv chosen not to manipulate the people but to keep a democratic platform in his party for open contest for the presidency of the party

addmore gudo - 8 July 2017

Nkosana Moyo can contest the coming presidential elections as an independent candidate,but the election outcome is clear- he will come out third best.

widzo - 10 July 2017

ZANU NDAIBATA YAKASHANDISA CHEMUSORO MUKURU PAYA AUTHER MUTAMBARA IKOZVINO TOITA MA TALKS FUTI NKOSANA IS A PROJECT OF ZANU PF...... Bishop Lazurus is out kkkkkkk

Bishop Lazurus - 11 July 2017

Hwende hauna kumbotiza munyika iwe,, musafukura hapwa musina kuchena

garwe - 12 July 2017

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