Mudzuri protests speaking before Chamisa at rally

HARARE - Rifts have widened in the MDC after the party’s acting president Elias Mudzuri refused to play second fiddle to his co-deputy Nelson Chamisa who was slotted as the main speaker at yesterday’s Chitungwiza rally.

Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC Alliance presidential candidate, has chosen Chamisa to stand in for him and to handle all the party business within the Alliance — as the former prime minister battles cancer of the colon. He is undergoing chemotherapy in South Africa where he is said to be suffering from severe treatment side effects.

Things came to a head yesterday when Mudzuri — who Tsvangirai has appointed as the acting MDC president — was asked to give a speech at the MDC Alliance rally before Chamisa.

Mudzuri refused to take to the podium, insisting that he should speak last. His remonstrations fell on deaf eras.

Speaking to the Daily News soon after Chamisa’s address, MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube confirmed that Mudzuri had insisted on speaking before Chamisa despite the fact that Tsvangirai had told his fellow principals that he would be represented by the Kuwadzana East legislator.

“The reality of the situation is that, like I said when I addressed, Tsvangirai gave us Chamisa to work with and instructed that he is the one who attends the Alliance’s strategic meetings, speaks on his behalf at rallies and so forth,”  Ncube said.

In his electrifying address, Chamisa said he had been tasked by Tsvangirai to ensure that the Alliance becomes a reality and that he should ensure that founding members of the party including Ncube, Tendai Biti and Job Sikhala, among others who had broken ranks with the opposition party, rejoin the party. Admitting that there are problems regarding the Alliance, Chamisa said he would soon engage all party leaders who had issues with the coalition to resolve the differences.

“I was given a job to see to it that this Alliance works and if there are issues that need to be resolved, we are going to be engaging those affected constituency-by-constituency  to address the challenges although we are not going to go back regarding the vision of our leader that we must unite. Kana uchida chigaro mu Alliance hausi wemo asi kana uchida ugaro (If you are after positions you have no place unless you are in pursuit of a better life for the people), then we are together,” Chamisa said.

He advised party leaders with reservations about the Alliance to play along first and then complain later saying “the Alliance programme is an idea whose time has come.”

“The Alliance is a moving elephant and you cannot stop it. You cannot stand on its way,  you risk being trampled. There is a formula to all this and remember Tsvangirai applied his mind before he came up with the idea. He wants to the party go back to where it was when we formed in  1999,” he said calling on Biti, Ncube and Sikhala to join him on the podium.

Comments (7)

just drop mudzuri from mdc

dennis moto - 5 February 2018

dzingai mudzuri frm mdc chete

dennis moto - 5 February 2018

All this points to Tsvangirai's leadership gross incompetency! How can an astute,shrewd or sane leader designate three people to do the job of one person at the helm of the party.This man though at the sick bed in south africa but is an idiot upstairs.Remember thisz nothing to do with his sickness i n south africa but his leadership methods which lacks vision & shrewdness-he must b replaced with a shrewd & competent person.Three people can not do one man's job bec they fight & confuse each other on roles.See what happens at state;when Mugabe or Mnangagwa was away only one VP was authorized to do the job at the helm,even though we hv 2 VPs. Madam khupe prefers to stay away bec she had already seen Tsvangirai's idiocy of heaping a lot of people at her VP job leading to a lot of confusion even in parliament.This man is sick upstairs!

addmore gudo - 6 February 2018

@adddmore zigudo , other than hate do you have another point to say????

candraz - 6 February 2018

@adddmore zigudo , other than hate do you have another point to say????

candraz - 6 February 2018

Even Chamisa appears rude & mis-behaved person & promising unintelligent leader;how can he fight an elderly man like Mudzuri at the age of his father;my advice is;he could have waited ,as a disciplined young person with a promising talent ,even as he thought he could be right at that,till proper decision is clear to all including the old man himself(Mudzuri) then he could take his proper position after the old man also agrees.Young talent persons allow the elderly men ahead of them,even when the old men are wrong till they understand their (the old men's) proper position then the older men would allow the behaved young to take the front seat.So Chamisa like Mai Grace Mugabe is over ambitious & an unpromising disrespectful leader

addmore gudo - 6 February 2018

the Mudzuri type is after positioning themselves just like what Khupe did last year but this time Khupe has nothing to lose her position is secured. Mudzuri should just admit that Nelson is now the "man of the Party" not only that but strategically positioned by MT. He (Mudzuri) is now realising that leading the party is not as powerful as leading the Alliance hence all these conficts. Either way, the Alliance is a done deal and no two ways about it. its the path of the visionary ...FULL STOP

Hoyee - 6 February 2018

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