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Tsvangirai calls for early congress in March, but no takers

By Tichaona Sibanda

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.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

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.’ SW Radio Africa

  • gutter poet

    Tsvangirayi is the president of the party. He should proceed and organise the congress so that he can get done with dissenters once and for keeps. He should force his way to this if anything so that he gets a fresh mandate which has the net effect of reaffirming his credentials as a democrat and put paid to pretenders in the leadership contest. As this is a special congress those occupying other positions within the party should be contested as well. So the congress is not just about Tsvnangirayi it is about the whole leadership. There are some who are hiding behind him but denigrating him at the same time when out of ear shot. He can not afford to pump oxygen into these near comatose ungrateful morons whose only dance with the MDC is the claim to fame they get get from their membership. Zvipfukuto, is a more appropriate description of them (apologies to non shona speakers, I can not find an English equivalent to describe this floor sweeping vermin) The MDC should think of this as a catharsis or purgation of its internal organs. The MDC desperately needs this going forward, so bring the congress on. He must insist on this congress for reaffirmation and validation..As president of the party it should fall under his ambit to do this..Like the fellows at Nike will say”Just do it!” He NEEDS this more than ever in his rather ‘richly turbulent’ political career..Now more than ever, he needs this VALIDATION to silence those idiotic careerist pretender ‘boiled shirts’ once and for keeps!

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  • fc

    The 2018 elections are likely to be one of the bloodiest as most certainly there will be new leadership in ZPF the likes of GARWE Mr soft- as- wool so all you MDC-T pretenders be informed and forewarned is forearmed. We are watching.

  • SipoMtambo

    Dear Tichaona, kare ndaidada nemi as SW Radio but it seems you have joined the bandwagon of paid journalists. How can you write such a cooked up story like this. How many times did we contact you when pipo were killed abused, raped or arrested kakawanda…, but now I am left wondering whether you did it for news or genuinely to help this is going to haunt you for a long time to come as you have shown the same callousness as Zanu pf, reporting that no one has been killed or no houses were burnt yet on the ground one can see evidence Morgan Tsvangirai had 4 votes and 7 against him, saka is this no takers story is a lie shame upon you, I don’t trust you anymore I want Morgan Tsvangirai to step down OR RESIGN, he shall with or without your cooked pro Morgan stories, enjoy eating your sell out money

  • Robalitheka

    Where were the Zanuoid sponsored takers?