Chamisa appeals to internal rivals, defends firing mayors

HARARE - MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has appealed to his internal party rivals seeking to challenge his position saying it is too early as he is yet to finish the task his predecessor, the late party founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, gave him.

Chamisa rose to the MDC presidency after Tsvangirai’s death in February amid an acrimonious power struggle with Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri, both who also claimed to be legitimate heirs to the throne.

The three claimants to the MDC presidency were all Tsvangirai’s deputies.

The power struggle that ensued after Tsvangirai succumbed to cancer of the colon led to the third MDC split with Khupe forming her own political outfit while Mudzuri decided to hang on and fight from within.

With the MDC congress coming next year, jostling for top positions has since begun in earnest with Mudzuri and party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora reportedly angling to challenge Chamisa.

Addressing party supporters during MDC’s 19th anniversary celebrations at Gwanzura Stadium last week, Chamisa sought to contain the duo’s ambitions by emphasising the need to be united.

“I have told my colleagues in the top leadership that none of us should go wayward because it will be akin to a fish taking itself out of water where it cannot survive. So, we need to continue to follow Tsvangirai’s way, the party’s ways.

“Tsvangirai left power for me so that I will also pave way for the next leader in that order. We don’t want a situation whereby someone would want to grab from me what I was given by Tsvangirai before I even start the journey he set me to embark on yet you don’t even know what he wanted me to achieve.

“Why don’t you wait for me to accomplish that first then I will also show you the way when you eventually take over?” he asked rhetorically.

Meanwhile, Chamisa defended his decision to fire elected mayors in three municipalities saying they were compromised after receiving support from the ruling Zanu PF.

Since the mayoral elections held last month, Chamisa has fired mayors from Victoria Falls, Chegutu and Masvingo and, suspended over 10 councillors on allegations of
bringing MDC into disrepute and ridicule by defying party’s directives amongst other charges.

Addressing party supporters who thronged Gwanzura Stadium to commemorate MDC’s 19th anniversary on Saturday, Chamisa justified the move, saying the fired mayors were not the candidates chosen by the party and supporters.

“Some say Chamisa is firing mayors but let me explain the circumstances. We chose mayors by way of interviewing prospective candidates as well as asking residents.

“We came up with our own candidates but some of our councillors chose to do as they please and elected candidates that were backed by Zanu PF.

“We then saw that we can’t have mayors who dance to the tune of Zanu PF hence our decision to fire them.”

Last week, Chamisa fired Victoria Falls mayor Somvelo Dlamini over allegations of bringing the MDC into disrepute by defying party’s directives, causing divisions amongst other charges.

His expulsion came a day after the 40-year-old MDC leader relieved Chegutu mayor Henry Muchatibaya of his duties and suspended six councillors for defying a directive on the mayoral elections.

Masvingo mayor Collin Chiboke was also ordered by the opposition leader to step down over the same allegations levelled against Dlamini and Muchatibaya.

Comments (14)

Interesting, indeed! Hooo, that's the democracy that the MDC seeks - no elections but appointments, right!?

Mhofu Chaiyo - 29 October 2018

The fact that the kindergarten boy is firing the mayors and councilors proves the fact that zanu pf is supported by many even those from MDC ranks.

yomkono - 29 October 2018

Is that how democracy works? Leaving power for each other? Sadly some people dont see anything wrong with that.

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 29 October 2018

Zimbabwe is doomed because of the stupidity of its people. We allow politicians like this one to use and abuse us. I wouldn't be surprised some fool celebrated hearing this. I hope Mudzuri and Mwonzora wont be cowered by this intimidation. He is actually campaigning for himself whilst restricting others and denying them the same chance. Very unfair!!!!!!!!!!!

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 29 October 2018

You claim to be a viable opposition. Where are those shadow and fake ministries then. If you find a president interfering with mayoral duties, then you can see that the so-called President has stooped so low. Its a strategy of removing enemies......and replacing them with bootlickers as in the Robbers and Muggers scenario. Go to hell please.

Clemence Tashaya - 29 October 2018

Chamisa is a dictator in the making. How can he say he was given power by Tswangirayi and noone sees anything wrong with this. Mugabe became a dictator because women ulilated and men whistled whatever he was saying and noone could question. This is the way Chamisa is going. Wake up people of Zimbabwe and stop idolising leaders

Sihle - 29 October 2018

Now a Dictator at such a tender age. Very scaring. No democracy in MDC. I can't see the difference between ZANU and MDC!!!!

Dick mboko - 29 October 2018

Nelson has a short memory and thinks all people are stupid how can he claim that MT left him with the presidency when he and Elizabeth faked MT's signature. Where in the constitution is it written that MDC presidency is appointed? Congress is coming and you will be challenged before delegates elect a mature and serious leader not this Mugabe poster boy. Your deals with queen bee will soon be exposed only time will tell

Baba vevana - 29 October 2018

yah pamunhu mutema nhamo haiperi with characters such as chamisa. uyu ndiye mugabe zvake paakamhara

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 30 October 2018

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkky haa yaaa I always tell these mdca supporters that their party is the worst in terms of democracy. And very surprisingly the daily news reporters Mugove and shamiso cant even feel shy to lie to the public about Dr Khupe. Is it true that Dr Khupe formed her own party or its Chanyiswa who formed his own party known as mdca? Chanyiswa is more than a dictator, and a lier who is not even ashamed of his lies. He promised ED his sister if he got 10% of the vote and ED went on to trounce him hands down but up to now he hasnt deliver the girl to Ed. He said if he loses the election he will quit politics, and after realizing that he had no chance against the revolutionary ED he started noise to divert people's attention to his utterances. Up to now he is singing rigeon rigeon just to make sure he remains at the helm of mdca party. Now he is lying that he was given the rein by MT only to scare other contenders. And you call that person Presidential material? If there is an undemocratic party in this country it is mdca. I wonder what kind of people follow such a party with confused leadership like chanyiswa and komichi heyiii pakaipa. By the way komichi means cup? It needs to be filled.

shunguhadziurayi - 30 October 2018

Kana wakazvitarisa anganzi afoma party ndiyani between chanyiswa naKhupe so is chanyiswa can form a party in less than 6 months and manager to gunner more than 2million vote of the registered voters saka mudharazve.according to your opinion that Chamisa is the one who form a party no khupe saka akapenga you should be worried that 2023 anenge atorazimbabwe yesezve if 6 months akatora half what more 5 years

Innocent - 30 October 2018

ko chamisa zvaatori dictator nhaimi...we are doomed

tee - 30 October 2018

Akatogara nhaka yaTsvangirai! Hopefully all this is complying with the Urban Councils Electoral Act or the emperor continues to shoot himself in the feet (as he has done in the past). He is even afraid to address the City of Bulawayo governance issues. The Congress is about appointing the suitable leadership and strategise for 2023 but typically Chamisa, the same way he usurped power is the same way he would like to stay on the throne - by rubber stamping his authority over the parties leadership. All grandstanding techniques (he has and is using) are for him to retain the top MDC post and have nothing to promote the Alliance's democratic overtures. Chamisa's egocentric ways and thinking is plain for everyone to see. With a more mature and sober leadership at the helm like Mwonzora, Mudzuri the MDC can weather the Zimbabwean political storms and have a relevant impact in the rebuilding of Zimbabwe. Chamisa clearly shows he has been "mentored by the best". Zimbabweans have had one Mugabe, we do not need another deranged despot. Tsvangirai did not leave power in anyone's hands that power is in the ballot paper at the congress!

Daniel 5 - 30 October 2018

You can mock this young all you want,but the stubborn fact is that he has the answers to this mess that the country has been dragged in by the mafia party called zanu pf.They call him all sorts of names but its not gonna make your lives better nor is it gonna bring food to your families.A lot of negative things have been done by ED since he grabbed power from the real winner,innocent citizens were killed in cold blood just after the elections by rogue soldiers who were obviously given an order by someone in the top echelons of power,yet some brainless goons lay the blame on Chamisa.Mnangagwa went on to charter an aepensive private plane for the former first lady to attend her mother's burial when it is obvious that she could afford to charter her own plane even to buy one for herself and yet the zanuists saw no evil in that.He has made numerous promises ,some of them which do not need funds to be carried out but it has all been talk.He tells them what they want to hear and they bask in that false glory that ED should be given a chance.For what?.Wake up all you zanu pf apologists and smell the coffee.We have been in this unpleasant hole for a damn long time to continue supporting poverty and dictatorship.

Luke Bikaz Bikela Bikaldo - 30 October 2018

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