MDC-T comes out in defence of Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai has the support of his party

By Tichaona Sibanda
28 November 2012

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party has come out in defence of its leader who has been the target of strong criticisms and personal attacks from leaders of the smaller MDC formation.

Officials and aides in the MDC-T on Wednesday condemned what they called the strategies being employed by Professor Welshman Ncube’s party.

SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that officials and aides in Tsvangirai’s office are concerned that he’s being subjected to a media harassment campaign which has been intensified since the deadlock of the COPAC draft.

The officials hit out at political parties who don’t speak out about how to resolve the COPAC deadlock, but are more concerned with just ‘flinging mud’ at each other.

Sources said Tsvangirai had angered Ncube and the secretary-general of the party, Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga, who assumed he was lending support to Robert Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to block Ncube from the constitution making process.

It is believed this stemmed from the fact that Ncube had to wait an hour before he was invited to join Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara, who were meeting as GPA principals, which Ncube is not.

A source told us Ncube was invited to join the meeting of political leaders after the first meeting had finished. During this meeting Ncube, together with Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara, endorsed a proposal brought up by Eric Matinenga, the Constitutional Affairs Minister, to set up a committee to look into the submissions made by delegates at the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference.

A senior official at Harvest House said for the past two months Tsvangirai had been insisting that Ncube be present in their political leaders meetings.

‘Zimbabweans deserve better than false attacks and fabricated negative news. Ncube can’t back up any of his false attacks with an actual fact. In as much as we endorse the rights of individuals to free expression, we are rather surprised to see via media a blitz of uninformed malicious remarks streaming out of the leadership of the smaller MDC formation.

‘They must tread on the path of caution and exhibit political maturity in their attempt to win the hearts and minds of the electorate. You can’t win the election on false accusation and propaganda against your opponents,’ the official said.

Tsvangirai’s new chief of staff Dr Alex Magaisa waded into the fray, when he clarified that following the SADC Maputo decision, the MDC-T leader has always insisted that Ncube should be involved as one of the principals.

‘He personally called Ncube, who was in Uganda for a COMESA conference, advising him that he had to be involved and that the discussion due to be held on the 19th November 2012 would be deferred to the 26th November to enable him to attend and participate.

‘It was duly deferred. Tsvangirai has insisted on a point of principle, on complying with the SADC decision on the issue of principals. It is incorrect and false that Tsvangirai has endorsed the exclusion of Ncube in the constitutional negotiations,’ Magaisa wrote on his Facebook page of the social network site.

He continued: ‘Unfortunately, in the selfish pursuit of political space and the politics of divide and conquer, a false impression has been created that Tsvangirai is acting in cahoots with Mugabe to sideline Ncube.’

Political analyst Sanderson Makombe said Ncube needs to break the tradition of political mudslinging, especially against Tsvangirai when his target should be Mugabe.

He said there is consensus among many Zimbabweans that political leaders should rise above party interests and make a grand alliance against the forces of corruption and bad governance that have destroyed the country since independence.

2 Responsesto “MDC-T comes out in defence of Tsvangirai”

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Yepec says:

    Ncube and Misihairabwi-Mushonga are campaigning for their Party’s membership with an eye on next years elections. The only Party from which they can possibly recruit is the MDC-T but this makes them loose sight of the real target – changing the Zimbabwean politics.

    Lest people forget, their are two centres of gravity for the Principals; one based at the GNU where Mutambara is a player and the other of Parties (Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC-N), where Ncube is the player. So the first one is the Monday meetings on Government business (GNU) and the second one based on Parties which is the one that agreed to have another Copac Committee.

    Copac was formed, almost, four years ago for the purpose of crafting a new Constitution on Zimbabwe. Another Committee means starting the whole issue again from the beginning. Unless the Outreach Program was done again, this means getting rid of the views of the Zimbabwean citizens and rewriting the Constitution on issues that had been agreed upon. At this rate of doing things, there will never be an end to the process.

    Furthermore everybody knows that the Zanu PF through its Politiburo, tried to derail the process – amending a signed Draft 266 times. The Second All Stakeholders Conference provided an opportunity of what the Party could not do through Politiburo amendments. Surprisingly, Mugabe added that the final word on the Draft would be with the Principals before it got to Parliament.

    By agreeing to another Committee on Copac, the MDCs’ Principals, are accommodating Zanu’s 266 amendments, including that the Principals would have the last word on the Draft. So Tsvangirai and Ncube in agreeing to Matinenga, were actually agreeing with Mugabe’s closing speech at the Second All Stakersholders’ Conference.

    However, the strangest thing that comes out of the whole issue is that the MDC factions had declared a deadlock on the issue, then how could they again agree to having this Committee if indeed, there had been deadlocked? How is it possible that a Committee of Copac could resolve the issue that had been sent to the GPA moderator? It, also, is common knowledge that issues which Mugabe brings into the Monday meeting would have been strategised at the Zanu PF, Politiburo meetings. Why did the MDC factions not take the issue to their own National Executives?

    There is no basis for another structure to Copac and that the only Party the Committee will serve is Zanu PF. The debate on Ncube recruiting his membership from the MDC-T, and Tavangirai agreeing with Mugabe to exclude Ncube from the Copac negotiations of the Draft Constitution, only distracts people’s attention from the real issue of both them agreeing to form yet another Copac Committee.