'No winners in MDC wrangles'

HARARE - ANALYSTS say the MDC will live to regret its failure to resolve its leadership squabbles - which have led the 20-year-old movement to split yet again, less than six months before the country holds its watershed national elections.

This comes after the party’s supreme decision-making body in between congresses, the national council, met last Friday and resolved to fire long-serving vice president Thokozani Khupe and two other key officials — national spokesperson Obert Gutu and organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe over the leadership squabbles.

Khupe — who stood accused of playing truant— had been given an extended deadline to end her wrangle with Chamisa, whom she has refused to accept as the bona fide successor to the late party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The firing of Khupe, Gutu and Bhebhe from the party followed the surprising resignation of chairman Lovemore Moyo over the leadership rumpus.

And yesterday, Gutu pooh-poohed the dismissal of the trio from the party, also insisting that Khupe was the leader of the MDC.

“We are on a roll. We are busy with our own party activities as I am speaking to you. Why should we be worried about a purported expulsion from an outfit to which we never belonged?

“We are busy engaging other democratic forces and we will soon announce to the nation the decision we would have taken.

“You will be surprised that more than 90 percent of MPs are on our side. It’s only that they cannot come out in the open for now, but the majority of them are on our side,” Gutu also claimed.

But political analysts warned that there were no winners in the current infighting, as the MDC was sending a wrong message to voters a few months before national polls took place.

“No one has won ... although I understand Khupe was not making it easy for the MDC and Chamisa and that she was adversarial and uncooperative, firing her is falling into her trap as that is what she wanted.

“This leaves the MDC looking like an intolerant outfit incapable of sustaining dialogue with members holding different views on critical matters.

“The decision also exposes Chamisa as being ill-advised and surrounded by people who tell him what he wants to hear,” analyst Maxwell Saungweme said.

University of Zimbabwe senior lecturer in the department of Social Studies, Tawanda Zinyama, said Khupe’s dismissal would lead to another split in the MDC.

“These splinter parties affect the performance of the MDC, especially in Matabeleland. However, if Chamisa replaces her with someone from that region before the elections, the impact might be negligible,” he told the Daily News On Sunday.

Another political analyst, Rashweat Mukundu, said the split put the MDC in a difficult situation, especially coming as it did on the eve of the polls.

“It remains to be seen if Chamisa can unite the party after this acrimonious firing of Khupe. The opposition will obviously need to strengthen internal party democracy and predictability in leadership succession if it is to stand any chance of succeeding at the polls,” he said.

Last month, Chamisa received a ringing endorsement from the MDC Alliance which emphatically said he would be its sole presidential candidate, and would thus square off against President Emmerson Mnangagwa in this year’s presidential elections which are due in less than five months time.

The watershed polls will be the first in the past two decades not to feature 94-year-old former president Robert Mugabe and the late Tsvangirai.

The MDC is in an alliance which includes Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Welshman Ncube’s MDC, Jacob Ngarivhume’s Transform Zimbabwe, Zanu Ndonga headed by Denford Masiyarira, and the Multi-Racial Christian Democrats which is led by Mathias Guchutu.

Biti and Ncube are former secretaries-general of the original and united MDC which was led by Tsvangirai — whose death on Valentine’s Day ignited a damaging three-way leadership tussle within the MDC-T involving Chamisa, Khupe and Elias Mudzuri.


Comments (11)

Why is it that our so called analysts do not like to call a spade a spade .They is no split in MDC T we have 4 individuals fired from the party .They have no support at all to cause a split . Analysts must learn to say what people say and what they are thinking and going to do in this case everyone you talk to agrees it was overdue to remove Khuphe from the movement be it in combis or drinking walls same story . Exaggerations by these so called analysts makes them useless and not reliable .

Diibulaanyika - 25 March 2018

No Diibulaanyika, analysts do not necessarily have to repeat what people are saying, else, whats the point of their existence? They are supposed to make an informed and educated evaluation of a situation based on available analysis tools. They are in this case not basing their analysis on who is popular and who is not but on how a critical situation has been handled. What you need to remember if at all you care about the development of democracy in Zimbabwe is that today it may be the 'popular' Chamisa who does it, but it could be an evil power grabber tomorrow. The Whole Zimbabwe organisational landscape is awash with organisations that have splintered because leaders traple all over constitutions when it suits them. Remember, if we do not learn from our past, we are surely condemned to keep on repeating it!

raf - 25 March 2018

@raf I think if you have nothing to say on this platform try sport bet someway there where you are they one there bcoz you are totally confused bcoz in politics popularity is the one that counts wins election .You seem to think Nelson grabbed the position of party president forgetting the national council saw it fit to chose Chamisa ahead of Shallow minded Makuphe .Makhuphe is not popular so that means they wil be no split that will take place she has just gone alone.

Diibulaanyika - 25 March 2018

@Diibaluunyika, just like your infantile and narcissistic leader Nero Tjamisa, you are easily offended by contrasting views. This so-called Wamba dia Wamba fellow, if not nipped in the bud, is another Roberto Matibili in the making, if not worse!!! Just witness how is aping the Zvimba goblin and yet he's still thousands of miles from inaccessible Zim State House!!

Cde Kris - 25 March 2018

@raf: thank you. I hope we will continue to learn so we can benefit from your understanding of what analysts do. This is what has created the success of mature democracies: they understand the art of constructive criticism done in respectful language even where one is in disagreement with a fellow contributor. They take a leaf from others contributions with an attitude to build a nation.

Tafadzwa Mazarura - 25 March 2018

By all indications, Chamisa has the numbers to win a Congress election, so why is his faction unwilling to go to congress. By so doing they have endangered the unity of the party. How can they ( Chamisa faction) be so sure that Khupe has no supporters ? It is dumb to think that Ncube & Biti can bring the same number of supporters.

Leslie - 26 March 2018

It was the greatest blunder of Chamisa to expel the one who was elected at congress while believing that Biti and Ncube have more followers. just for the record Biti joined the alliance as an individual his party is part of the Mujuru alliance. I hate to say this but MDC will not win these elections. Truth hates but looking at the bused supporters for all the rallies makes me wonder if there will be any steam left after the Tsvangirai momentum is gone.

chakuma - 26 March 2018

In 2008 a fragmented MDC went into the polls and won majority in parliament after the infamous anti senate Split involving the likes of Welshman Ncube. Right now Zanu PF is frothing over MuGABE ousta, there is another kid to split ZANU votes, NPF and no one will deny it. Several people in Mashonaland Central Province are already threatening to vote for Chamisa in protest of the way Mugabe their provincial darling was ousted. So Mr Writer, no political part is guaranteed victory now. But we in Umguza will go for Young Chamisa.

Umkhonto ka Shaka - 26 March 2018

just imagine if the same situational problem occurred after Chamisa has been voted into power somehow,wont we see and witness yet another gukurahundi in the making against matabeleland with such political immaturity in firing properly congress elected officials and not hand picked ???

CALEB MOYO - 26 March 2018

People need to learn how to take constructive criticism. If you see nothing wrong with the way this whole situation played out then you are part of the problem.

Twimbo - 26 March 2018

@DIIbuyaanyika, Analysts are neither Sangomas nor Prophets. There is no logical way they are going to know what you are thinking. Even if they somehow get to know what you are thinking they are not supposed to repeat that because then they will be your Avatars.

Mjombo - 27 March 2018

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