Tsvangirai calls for early congress in March, but no takers

Morgan Tsvangirai managed to head off a leadership challenge

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
24 January 2014

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday moved a motion to call for an early congress in March, in an attempt to head off an expected challenge from his political rivals.

The top leadership of the opposition party, the standing committee, met in Harare where Tsvangirai called for a snap party vote in a bid to end uncertainty over his job.

SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that the motion was not seconded by anybody, amid reports Tsvangirai had also put up his name for re-election. He told the meeting he was prepared to face any challengers.

Instead, party members implored Tsvangirai to concentrate on restructuring the party in preparations for the 2018 elections. The meeting unanimously agreed the next congress will be held as scheduled in 2016.

The vote will have brought to a head months of tension within the party over who will lead it into the election in 2018. It would also have helped settle Tsvangirai’s long-running leadership tussle with his rivals, who were reportedly orchestrating a revolt that would have seen the veteran trade unionist ousted as party president.

Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora confirmed that the issue of leadership renewal was discussed and that after some debate they felt there were no compelling reasons for having an early congress.

The outcome is a major boast for Tsvangirai who was facing increasing pressure from within his party to call for an early congress to deal with the leadership renewal or step down and make way for another candidate.

A source told us he emerged from his party’s meeting emboldened with the knowledge that no one had the guts to stand up and challenge him in a leadership contest.

‘It’s like he’s received a vote of confidence from his standing committee and all talk of a leadership contest or him stepping down will be put on the backburner for the next two years. It has given Tsvangirai some breathing space which he will use to rebrand himself as well as the party,’ our source said.

Despite their loss at the hands of ZANU PF at last year’s elections Mwonzora says he is optimistic about the MDC-T’s chances of rebuilding, saying the labour backed party needs to rebuild and show Zimbabweans it can be ‘united, stable and focused on them, and not ourselves as leaders.’

4 Responsesto “Tsvangirai calls for early congress in March, but no takers”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Oh no no my gosh, this is laughable. They developed cold feet and could not take the bull by the horns. They all want his position but no one is prepared to rock the boat by coming forward to challenge Tsvangirai for the high office. There has never been any doubt in my mind and many others that Tsvangirai is the life president for the MDC-T
    The MDC-T supporters should prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for something really unpleasant for many years to come.,

  2. Yepec says:

    It is unfortunate that the MDC lost a chance to rejuvenate and strengthen itself. Infiltration to its highest level cannot be ruled out given these strange actions of the Standing Committee.

    For instance, take the case of Tsvangirai himself, his zeal for Zanu PF women is well known, he lives in a government mansion, drives a government, chauffeured Mercedes Benz, though, he is nolonger a Prime Minister. These things provide a clue as to what is happening to the Party. Tendai Biti, on the other hand, is strangely representing the money looting (now), a businessman, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gedion Gono.

    Is this the pattern of things now, in the politics of the MDC-T? Have the other leaders of the Party, also, fallen prey to the influence of the gravy train politics for which the purpose is to enrich oneself? It is no secret to Zimbabweans that Tsvangirai, Khupe and Theresa Makone are clients of Nikuv (bought and are using its drip-dry, irrigation system) Could Nikuv have doctored the Voters Roll behind their backs? Furthermore, the Party went to the polls without inspecting this doctored Voters Roll.

    All of a sudden, the stated goals of the Party, are nolonger important anymore. The same thing was observed in the case of former Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube..

  3. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Ko sekuru vangu Dumbu makambovaonawo here. Ndaifunga kuti mazuva ano vanoswera vakavata nambuya. Ndinonzwa kuti ambuya vavakuda mumwe mwana saka sekuru varipabasa guruguru. Ndangoti muzivewo kuti ndikosaka mazuva ano vakanyarara. Vakataura kuti dzimwe nyaya dziriko mazuva ano havanyatsodziziva saka ndokutuma ini muzukuru wavo kuti ndivamiririre. Vachadzoka zvavo kana vapedza basa ravarikuita. Ndangoti muzive vanhuweeee.

    • Yepec says:

      As can be expected from a Border Gezi Institute, graduate. Your new trick is to call Dumbu “sekuru”, as if you are relatives who share political agreements and a social life. He is not like you who when he does not have anything to say to the readers resorts to propaganda gingles.

      Tsvangirai is 61 and not a life President of the MDC-T, as Robert Mugabe who is 90 years old, is for Zanu PF. Moreover, there are no comparable people in the Party to takeover the position from a 90 year old, demented person without it falling apart. Dumbu is now your “sekuru”, of which, you are used to calling Mugabe.

      Less you forget,Tsvangirai has been at the helm of the MDC for the past 15 years, whereas, Mugabe who is 90 years old,and a proclaimed life President of Zanu PF has been at the helm of that Party for the past 34 years.

      At least, Tsvangirai called for an early Congress to discuss the person who can lead the Party in March 2014. Whereas, Robert Mugabe, though on his death bed, issued orders to ban succession discussions of the Party President in Zanu PF. Should this comparison go on?

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