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MDC rejects Tsvangirai’s resignation

By Andrew Kunambura

MDC structures have declined Morgan Tsvangirai’s plan to step down as party leader, insisting he must run for 2018 elections.

Supporters of Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai take part in a Harare rally by the main opposition parties calling for free and fair elections next year
Supporters of Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai take part in a Harare rally by the main opposition parties calling for free and fair elections next year

The two major wings of the country’s biggest opposition party, the Women’s Assembly and the Youth Assembly, yesterday said they reject attempts by Tsvangirai, who is battling cancer of the colon, to bow out on health grounds.

In his Monday statement, Tsvangirai said he was considering exiting the political arena and hand over the baton to a younger successor, giving rise to speculation that he could be considering the youngest of his three deputies, Nelson Chamisa, for the throne.

“I am looking at the imminent prospects of us, as the older generation, leaving the levers of leadership to allow the younger generation to take forward this huge task that we started together so many years ago with our full blessing and support,” Tsvangirai said.

But yesterday, Women’s Assembly chairperson Lynette Karenyi issued a statement urging Tsvangirai to remain at the helm.

Karenyi said the wing was not looking beyond Tsvangirai for a presidential candidate at this year’s general elections.

“The MDC assembly of women would like to express its unwavering support for … Morgan Richard Tsvangirai as the party’s candidate for national presidency in the forthcoming 2018 elections.

The assembly of women expresses its support for Morgan Tsvangirai at a critical time towards ensuring that all party structures rally behind MT and express their support through engaging in mass voter education and registration,” said Karenyi.

She said they were confident the MDC leader would overcome his challenges and take part in the harmonised elections later this year.

“While as an assembly of women we recognise that MT is not in good health, we believe that he will get over his ailment. We continue to pray that he be in good health in time for the 2018 harmonised elections to lead Zimbabwe into a new era.

It was during illness that Edgar Lungu set the precedent where despite his ill- health he was able, against all odds, to take power in Zambia.

“We would like to vehemently and openly express our support for and solidarity with president Tsvangirai during his time of physical pain. We have the same confidence that we had in him during congress, and remain the same now as we will tomorrow. We are rearing to go under his brilliant leadership.

“The assembly of women has always stood by MT even when other party members might be tempted to stampede him into making the unfortunate decision to throw in the towel. We are praying tirelessly for his total healing and we shall remain resolute,” said Karenyi, in the statement signed off with the praise slogan: Tsvangirai Chete, Kwese Kwese!

MDC youth assembly secretary general, Lovemore Chinoputsa, expressed the same sentiments, saying party youths were still backing Tsvangirai to contest in the forthcoming general elections.

Chinoputsa said the youth assembly had allowed Tsvangirai to rest and recuperate from his colon cancer afflictions so that the former prime minister becomes fit on time for the elections.

“The MDC Youth Assembly has noted president Morgan Tsvangirai’s New Year message and commit ourselves to rally our troops to the work at hand, which is to deliver real change to the people of Zimbabwe under the able leadership of … Morgan Richard Tsvangirai who shall lead us under the banner of the MDC Alliance.

“We have also noted the appointment of vice president Engineer Elias Mudzuri as the acting president. As true vanguards we stand guided by the president’s proclamation and we wish everyone in the party to focus on the task at hand by fully cooperating with the authority to ensure that our party programmes continue to run.

Sabotaging the Acting President or any of the VPs on their assigned tasks will be tantamount to sabotaging our dear leader. Let us all be guided accordingly,” said Chinoputsa.

He added that Tsvangirai should not be victimised for being open and transparent about his health challenges.

“We, however, wish to warn against the criminalisation of the president’s openness and transparency. We believe that anyone can get sick at any time and president Tsvangirai deserves to be given an opportunity to recuperate without hurrying him to make lifelong decisions that have a bearing on our chances of wrestling the presidency from the incompetent Mnangagwa administration.

“We are convinced that with enough rest and proper medication, president Tsvangirai will take us through the elections and deliver the much-needed freedom, democracy and economic emancipation,” he said.

Chinoputsa insisted that the youths would not accept any other presidential candidate except Tsvangirai.

“He is, simply put, our presidential candidate in this year’s election. Under no circumstances will we allow that situation and position to change. History is replete with a number of people who stood as candidates while still under the weather but went on to recuperate and lead their countries to prosperity.

“As the president takes a deserved rest far from the madding crowd, we are kindly requesting every member of the party to respect his right to privacy and desist from any activities that will limit and dent his recuperation process. We kindly ask our leaders to let him rest fully and allow him to recuperate. Let us stay away from disturbing him.

“All our leaders are also hereby urged to desist from all forms of mudslinging and unnecessary factional fights that are driven by malice, hatred and personal interests at the expense of hard work that will deliver a new Zimbabwe. We are watching,” he further said.

Tsvangirai is understood to have flown to South Africa yesterday for his routine medical examination.

Asked if Tsvangirai was standing in the elections, his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said, “I don’t want to comment beyond what he has said. He has hinted at something, he has hinted at a change of guard, he has not commented on the detail and mechanics. I can’t speculate beyond what he has said.”

On the pronouncements by the women and youth wings that Tsvangirai must run, Tamborinyoka said: “There is an acting president, anyone who has a question, talk to engineer Mudzuri. We have channels of communication.”

Efforts to get a comment from Mudzuri were futile as he was said to be chairing a meeting of one of the important organs of the party.   DailyNews

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  • Kkkkk its shame for you guyz.ndiwe ani ungarambidze munhu kana ati akuda kuzorora.why muchida munhu kusvika pakumuuraya nebasa.makuita kunge Mugabe anofunga kuti kuseri kwake hakuna munhu anogona kutonga nyika.If Tsvangirai resign,there is someone who can take Mdc to its heights.Hamunyare here

  • Kkkkk its shame for you guyz.ndiwe ani ungarambidze munhu kana ati akuda kuzorora.why muchida munhu kusvika pakumuuraya nebasa.makuita kunge Mugabe anofunga kuti kuseri kwake hakuna munhu anogona kutonga nyika.If Tsvangirai resign,there is someone who can take Mdc to its heights.Hamunyare here

  • Kkkkk its shame for you guyz.ndiwe ani ungarambidze munhu kana ati akuda kuzorora.why muchida munhu kusvika pakumuuraya nebasa.makuita kunge Mugabe anofunga kuti kuseri kwake hakuna munhu anogona kutonga nyika.If Tsvangirai resign,there is someone who can take Mdc to its heights.Hamunyare here

    • Ndafunga, Mugabe aitaurira mubato make. Zvimwe ichokwadi, handisati INI ndaona zvitsva zvinga sandura mafungiro angu.

  • He did not resign!

  • He did not resign!

  • He did not resign!

  • It reminds of Chipanga and Jonso insisting that Mugabe must contest 2018 polls. Grace going further to say even on a wheelchair or from the grave.

  • It reminds of Chipanga and Jonso insisting that Mugabe must contest 2018 polls. Grace going further to say even on a wheelchair or from the grave.

  • It reminds of Chipanga and Jonso insisting that Mugabe must contest 2018 polls. Grace going further to say even on a wheelchair or from the grave.

  • I think Zimbabwe is cursed

  • Kana neni ndinodawo tsvangirai zvakanyanya but siyaiwo azorore veduwe semunhu arikubatikana its a great loss but hapana yekutamba

  • In Zimbabwe it isn’t about which party foolishness resides, it’s just a Zimbo thing.

  • Tsvagiraikuno akataura ega kuti ari kudurura manyoka saka tsvagayi rimwe zita…..MDC Khupe,MDC Mudzuri or MDC Mwonzora.

    • If you find mirth in someone’s misfortune there’s something very wrong with your sense of humour. I hope urinjanji isingafe yakarwara. Good health is a blessing.

    • You are so stupid and shallow minded

    • Apa makatiza hutongi hweZanu kuno…. nxaa. Vharai miromo tisazive kupata kwamakaita.

  • Grace Mugabe ‘s line of thinking. Shame on Mdc members. Dangerous political posturing to say the least.

  • Kkk hanzi democracy ndozvaaitwa nana jonso killing the frail Mugabe till grace azoona plan yanga isina vanhu hobho

  • They will field his corpse as a candidate

  • Vakupenga

  • Chiwenga huya uone vanhu vaya vatanga. Enda kumba kwake futi

  • But the guy is physically unhealthy. He needs to rest and take his meds without thinking much about politics. If the MDC team is serious about change they must just allow their leader to step down like Helen Zile did.

  • Now it’s clear why those people who insisted Tsvangirai was an agent of the west visited him last week with the state media in tow. It was a cynical move to prove the veteran opposition leader was not fit to fight an election. And it seems to have worked judging by the comments here. If only Zimbabweans had been courageous enough to ask a doddering old man who was head of state to resign instead of barking up the wrong tree.

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  • Kkkkk people will vote for his Corpes kkkkk ndafunga amai

  • Kkkkk people will vote for his Corpes kkkkk ndafunga amai

  • Great move, let him step down after elections

  • Great move, let him step down after elections

  • ChiMugabeism chabata chanamira kuMDC!!! kutopopota nekutukirira muchituka vanhu vanoti Tsvangirai arwara ngaazorore!! Asi manje manje maiti Mugabe arwara ngaaende. Tiitirei mushe. Tsvangirai haasisina mavotes uya

  • ChiMugabeism chabata chanamira kuMDC!!! kutopopota nekutukirira muchituka vanhu vanoti Tsvangirai arwara ngaazorore!! Asi manje manje maiti Mugabe arwara ngaaende. Tiitirei mushe. Tsvangirai haasisina mavotes uya

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  • eliasha

    i think its all in order MT must roast ED in August 2018 elections

  • I received bad news

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  • Mdc haidonhe

  • Kkkkkk idiots if a man is tiered let him rest big up to tsvangirai

  • Akabva uyo mdc yaparara zanu inoto. Ziva. Kuti save. Akaramba aripo hava wine

  • Hey retards, Tsvangirai brand is what’s needed @ polls. Not his being. His being can not even go for campaigns or attend rallys for now but the brand must be seen to be alive. Just like what the Nigerians did with sick Buhari then.

    • True my bro. The electorate has to know he can’t do it anymore. The die hards will stick. The visitors will move. Soooo…. These are choices….. He is the Martin Luther King of our time…. Tormented by the system… Dreams killed by the system…… Never forgotten… . Not ruling from the grave as Grace said in front of sane politicians…… Remembered if the time calls for…. A man with b……. When noone dared….. Now freedom from tankers is our vow for freedom…. We are FREE….. Ballot box is the answer…. God bless all all all all libetators

  • ZANU PF syndrome,Tsvangirai is ill

  • I think by refusing…his lettr…z jus proffessional….
    I think w th current state n th noise by.pple…wch led him to throw a resgn lettr…if these guys accept..it…his going to b affected…worse..and his state gona get worse…I think its wise to jus act th way they did…otherwise..his phscological state can b bettr

  • Hooo makanganwa zvekuzanu nhayi kana ozorambirapo dont coup not coup him

  • Siyanai napressident Wangu

  • Tsvangirai is going nowhere,hapana arambidzwa kutanga party yake

  • Tsvangi panyanga chete

  • Tsvangi panyanga chete

  • Tsvangi panyanga chete

  • Hanzi maziwisa asungwa kkkk

  • Hanzi maziwisa asungwa kkkk

  • Hanzi maziwisa asungwa kkkk

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  • he must just resign

  • I once said MDC is just like Zanu pf. Can someone explain what’s the difference of having Mugabe or Tsvangirai? Its NOT about the brand stop lying to the people. Its about greedy, all those around him are benefiting from him. Once he goes, his team is gone. Chamisa will bring in a new team.
    The same thing was happening with Mugabe, the Kasukuveres and others never imagined a day without Mugabe.
    Zimbabweans as a people we should learn and move forward just like other countries.
    Never vote for a person, VOTE for the party with good governing principles.
    Do you know what will happen if Tsvangirai wins? The next step will be the amendment of the party’s constitution.
    You can’t bake a cake to eat by yourself.
    Another dictator of our own making.

  • Matanga. This man needs to rest.

  • kana ozokunetsai kubvisa pachigaro moti zvaipa imi murimi muri kumudzidzisa kuva dictator.Ndaifunga kuti MDC musangano wevanhu zvino ndazoona kuti its just a company ya tsvangirai yekuti asipo hapana anokwanisa kuitonga.

  • gwindingwirineshumbainoruma

    Haiwa…let him rest kana aneta. This is the same way of thinking yakakonzera kuti Bob agare 38 years tichingofunga kuti vaMugabe chete ndivo vanogona. Wake up,there is life beyond MT mhani.He has done his part and will go down as one of our greats!!

  • Mina Makoti

    Kupenga. Making noise at your own peril. Time for smooth transition to a healthier leader. Morgan warwara uyu. Rake basa wakaita. For MDC to progress, look at life beyond Morgan’s leadership.

  • sherpard

    I think it is of paramount importance that the two structures listen to Tswangirayi, s reasons and from that point maybe plead with him to remain at the helm until only after the elctections, we all know that with his popularity it remains a fact that tTwangirayi can be the best candidate to beat Zanu Pf’s Munangagwa in the elections, but consideration needs to be made on his health as well. The best will be to assess how he is doing in the next 2 months before out rightly rejecting him to hand over power, as structures we need to support his stance instead of creating confusion within the party, because what the two structures are saying now will create pandemonium in the party