Tsvangirai appoints chief political strategist

Dr Maxwell Shumba on a visit to the US

Dr Maxwell Shumba

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
25 April 2014

MDC-T President Morgan has appointed US based academic and political analyst, Dr Maxwell Shumba, as his chief political strategist.

Tsvangirai’s chief of staff Abisha Nyanguwo confirmed that Shumba will advise the party leader on a range of political and economic issues and will work alongside officials in Tsvangirai’s Harvest House office. Nyanguwo said Shumba would provide ‘significant support’ in an advisory role.

Shumba, the founding chairman of the MDC-T in the United States and an original member of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), is expected to travel to Harare shortly for strategy meetings with Tsvangirai.

After that he will participate in ‘regular’ discussions with the team, before setting up base in Zimbabwe. Shumba told SW Radio Africa on Friday that he was excited about his new job which will be to develop action plans designed to achieve electoral victories.

‘The MDC-T has been winning many of the elections in Zimbabwe but they have failed to rule. Without giving away much, we are busy developing strategies to convert an electoral win to executive power,’ Shumba said.

In 2008, the MDC-T leader is believed to have defeated President Robert Mugabe in the presidential poll, but the military junta prevented Tsvangirai from taking over as the new President.

‘It’s not going to be business as usual…there are many things that have to change,’ said Shumba, whose priority would be to proffer advise to his boss on how to unite the fractured main opposition party.

‘My message to every democrat in Zimbabwe is let us unite, without unity, we are not going anywhere. To colleagues in the renewal team, there is also an opportunity to sit down and find ways to reengage,’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Independent reported on Friday that financial challenges facing the MDC-T continue to mount, amid indications that Tsvangirai is seeking funding from Botswana, Gabon and Ivory Coast.

The paper said Tsvangirai is seeking funding assistance for an early congress, in the aftermath of an internal crisis triggered by calls for him to step down.

4 Responsesto “Tsvangirai appoints chief political strategist”

  1. Wilbert Mukori says:

    ‘My message to every democrat in Zimbabwe is let us unite, without unity, we are not going anywhere,” Dr Shumba tells us.

    If Dr Shumba really thinks the country is in this political mess because there was no unity then here is another useless academic who is himself “not going anywhere”.

    Former USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe 2004 to 2007 Chris Dell said in a leaked cable to his principles back in Washington that Tsvangirai “was a weak and indecisive character!” The last five years Tsvangirai has proven the Ambassador was right beyond all doubt. He failed to get even one of the democratic reforms implemented and thus allowed Mugabe to blatantly rig the elections, for example. What else does Tsvangirai have to do to prove he is a blundering and incompetent leader.

    Tsvangirai is not only a blundering and incompetent leader but worse still he is totally incapable of taking good advise. How many people advised him not to accept the one-sided GPA; he still went ahead and signed it.

    Throughout the five years of the GNU SADC leaders reminded him again and again to implemented the democratic reforms and to “follow the GPA roadmap”. He must have logs in his ears because he never heeded their sound advice.
    Last year some of us shouted ourselves hose warning him the Copac constitution was too weak and feeble to deliver free and fair elections and therefore should be rejected. He insisted it was “a child of the MDC” and that it would bring free and fair elections. He campaigned for a yes vote and the people listened to him and approved the constitution by a whopping 95%.
    Mugabe had total control of the media, Police, Judiciary, ZEC, everything and used it to rig the vote. The new constitution was indeed too weak and feeble to stop Mugabe rigging the elections.

    And Dr Maxwell Shumba an academic and political analyst, appointed to be Tsvangirai’s chief political strategist is asking the nation to unite the same blundering and incompetent Tsvangirai and even has the audacity to threaten the nation will “not go anywhere” unless we united behind Tsvangirai.

    Dr Shumba the nation should have ended the Zanu PF dictatorship years ago if Tsvangirai had not been so incompetent. For all your academic qualifications you are simply refusing to see Tsvangirai for the indecisive and incompetent leader he is. To unite behind a failed leader is folly.

    Zimbabwe is in a real political and economic mess and can ill afford to have an incompetent leader like Tsvangirai in an leadership role; it is that simple!

  2. WeZimbabwe says:

    Shumba, chief political strategist?

  3. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    This guy has no job if at all he has left his lucrative job in the United States to represent a leader whose job is already on the line. What a poor fella. Tsvangirai is already finished. Chinja maitiro is fighting for his dear life. Oh my pikinini.

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