Mangoma censured by party following executive meeting


MDC-T deputy treasurer-general, Elton Mangoma, was on Friday censured

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
31 January 2014

MDC-T deputy treasurer-general, Elton Mangoma, was on Friday censured by the national executive for taking the leadership renewal debate outside party structures.

Following an ‘explosive’ meeting in Harare, it was agreed Mangoma will be spared from further disciplinary action as the party didn’t want to be seen trampling on his freedom of expression.

Others, led by the combative Charlton Hwende, the executive member in charge of Mashonaland West province, wanted Mangoma charged for putting the party’s name in disrepute by issuing statements to the media.

According to insiders the meeting managed to heal the rift which threatened to split the MDC-T. The tense showdown came after Mangoma wrote a letter to Tsvangirai asking him to step down. But in a slapdown, Tsvangirai dismissed the proposal, sparking the latest fissures in the labour backed party.

Tsvangirai gave Mangoma time to explain his position paper on why he wanted him to step down. But at times Mangoma was heckled during his 30 minute brief. Some in the meeting sympathized with Mangoma and moved a motion not to punish him, a position the party eventually took.

Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa the issue at stake was whether Mangoma was allowed to speak to the media regarding party issues, especially the leadership renewal.

‘The consensus in the meeting was that he was not authorized. Party members can only speak to the media if they get clearance from the spokesman, especially when people want to discuss internal issues outside party structures,’ Mwonzora said.

He added; ‘We don’t worry much when leaders give their opinions, but we get concerned when leaders go to the media and speak about internal issues. That is wrong.’

The outcome of the meeting came as a relief to many party activists who feared Mangoma’s letter to Tsvangirai last week would trigger yet another acrimonious split.
Meanwhile all is not well in ZANU PF’s Midlands province as members aligned to Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction have said the party there will remain unmanageable until irregularities that marred the disputed provincial elections held in November last year are resolved.

The weekly Zimbabwe Independent paper reported that a senior party official in the province called on the politburo to reconsider its decision to endorse the provincial polls, which were marred by accusations of vote-buying, intimidation, disenfranchisement and ballot-rigging.

Last week the party’s commissariat dissolved the Midlands provincial executive, after top party officials stormed out of a tense meeting a fortnight ago as members from the two main factions, led by Mnangagwa and Vice-President Joice Mujuru, failed to resolve contentious faction-related issues.

7 Responsesto “Mangoma censured by party following executive meeting”

  1. zvakwana says:

    this MDC-T is a joke party. they are a bunch of confused fools

  2. wilbert says:

    I would like to prove that “MDC is a party of the headless chickens led by headless chickens – no surprise there.”

    If the leaders had any brain in their heads then they would have implemented the democratic reforms. They had five years to implement the reforms and not even one reform was implemented. If the MDC supporters had any brains in their heads then they would have been pushing their leaders to implement the reforms.

    The very fact that even now with the benefit of hind sight – the rigged elections because the reforms necessary for free and fair elections were not implemented – most of the party’s supporters still do not comprehend the seriousness of the leadership’s failure shows there is no functioning brain in the supporters’ heads. Tsvangirai and his fellow leaders are fighting to get back on the gravy train; that is all they care about. They will make the necessary noise about reforms but will never implement anything. Never!

    So both the MDC leaders and the supporters have no brain; they have heads but for all intend and purposes they might just be headless chickens! They are the headless chicken brigade! QED!

    • Guest 001 says:

      Ukasekerera benzi rinobvisa bhurungwa pane vanhu.Which democrating reforms are you saying we MDC leaders and supporters should have implemented.Can you please elaborate and tell us which part of the GNU agreement gave the MDC the mandate to change and implement which democratic reforms.

  3. dumela says:

    They might as well remove the “DEMOCRACY” in MDC-T yongoita hayo MC-T

  4. ProudZimbabwean says:

    The writing is on the wall all these rhodesian lobby media will shut down as Zanu PF bashing news become sterile and illiterate ugly gets kicked out!

  5. Percy Malunga says:

    This is the problem with Zimbabweans, one can easily own them. President Tsvangirai has failed three times to dislodge Mugabe from power and still insists to retain the top post. Why can’t he pass the baton and him be elevated to the top advisory post. This is how dictators are created. Mugabe is where he is because he started in the same way like Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai has been at the helm since the party’s formation in 1999. It’s now 14 years and very soon it will be 30 years. Zimbos create dinosaurs for themselves and when these Dinosaurs dig in their heels and refuse to leave office, the same people cry foul . To people with five senses, you can now read Tsvangirai’s leadership qualities. Anyone who aims top job like that of a President should not be involved in irresponsible conduct like being a womaniser. One wonders how he managed to get all these women of questionable behaviour in that short space of time. Mugabe was very much respected when he had the late Amai Sally and all the respect was eroded when he married Grace. Tsvangirai should have learnt a lesson. If you want to fall from grace so easily in politics, indulge in women.

    • dumbu says:

      Tsvangirai did not fail to dislodge Mugabe , you the voters failed to dislodge him. Maida kuti Tsvangirai andobata maoko evanhu kuti vhoterai apa kana kuti andomisa Mugabe neNIKUV yake kurigger maElection here .Kwanai semari yebepa baba imi.

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