Khupe wades into leadership row

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Vice President Thokozani Khupe has come out in support of Morgan Tsvangirai

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
27 January 2014

MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe has come out strongly in support of embattled party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is facing an onslaught from close lieutenants to step down.

Khupe told SW Radio Africa on Monday that the party stands firmly united under the leadership of Tsvangirai as it embarks on both the internal and external process restructuring.

Things came to a head in the top leadership of the party when the standing committee met on Friday to discuss the state of the party.

However, much of that time was taken up deliberating a letter authored by deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma, calling on Tsvangirai to consider his position as leader following the July 2013 devastating electoral loss at the hands of ZANU PF.

In a sign that Tsvangirai cannot be easily dislodged, Khupe castigated senior party members for taking the leadership debate to the media. As a way forward, Mangoma suggested that Tsvangirai could declare his intention to leave office forthwith while an interim leadership under Khupe takes over. Khupe however was having none of that.

‘While internal debate on leadership should be encouraged, it must be done within the internal party platforms. It is undesirable that these be discussed through the press.

‘The party leadership will not allow the enemies of the party to divide it by sowing seeds of discontent and distrust among the leaders of the party,’ said Khupe, in an apparent reference to last week’s events.

Following the standing committee meeting on Friday, Tsvangirai and his top team went to a Harare hotel for his state of the nation address. Of all the standing committee members who attended the meeting, Mangoma skipped the address, while those in his camp, allegedly pushing for Tsvangirai’s ouster, were booed as they walked into the function room.

In his address, Tsvangirai told party supporters and diplomats that the current social and economic crisis called upon the MDC to play an active role to find a solution to this difficult period in the country.



7 Responsesto “Khupe wades into leadership row”

  1. Robalitheka says:

    Good reporting. Now the media has the names and camps within ZANU Pf well publicized. Can you do the same for the MDC. Who is with Morgan , and who is not with the people?

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    ”In a sign that Tsvangirai cannot be easily dislodged, Khupe castigated senior party members for taking the leadership debate to the media. As a way forward, Mangoma suggested that Tsvangirai could declare his intention to leave office forthwith while an interim leadership under Khupe takes over. Khupe however was having none of that”.

    Well, for the information of Thokozani Khupe, we have known for years of the inside fighting for the highest office within the MDC-T. Now the fighting is in the open and everybody is jostling for the life president’s position, Khupe included, although they are all so scared to openly come forward except Mangoma who wants to take the bull by the horns.

  3. super mondo says:

    morgan has earned his spurs to see the back of zanu.

  4. ZimRelax says:

    Khupe is right….. If MDCT don’t want their internal affairs discussed by the general public, THEY should NOT publicise them…. because we the public will react and comment.
    ZPF hardly disclose their internal affairs that is why MDCT need to be informed by unknown caricatures like Baba Jukwa of any ZPF gossip which sometimes is evidently inaccurate.
    The other time MDCT leader talked to the HERALD about his marital issues but was ‘shocked’ when the public commented on the issue…… Ummmmmmm.
    MDCT keep your internal issues internal and don’t blame the public for reacting and commenting if YOU YOURSELVES inform the public.

  5. Memory Muchavaira says:

    Backing the loser Tsvangirai illustrates what a dumb party the MDC is – great news for ZANU/PF though. The split MDC are all losers, and the sooner they all realise they’re an ineffective nonentity, the better for our country.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Spot on Memory Muchavaira. It is great news for ZANU PF to have Tsvangirai for its breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. With Tsvangirai in that position of authority, MDC can never win the 2018 general elections. It has been proven over the last three general elections and the next one can not bring surprises to anybody. They are damn losers with Tsvangirai at the helm of the MDC-T.

    • SlaptheZanuMonkey says:

      Oh no – another Zanu PF mouthpiece singing for their supper. Just what the country needs.

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