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Sikhala claims MT can still win

By Mugove Tafirenyika

An ailing Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC Alliance can still defeat President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his “reformed” Zanu PF hands down in this year’s eagerly-anticipated harmonised elections, an MDC official has said.

Job Sikhala
Job Sikhala

MDC national executive member Job Sikhala told the Daily News this week that if Mnangagwa was to allow a free and fair election, he would be Tsvangirai’s political breakfast.

“Tsvangirai can still blow Ngwena (Mnangagwa’s nickname) out of the water even in his current state of health.

“All things equal, a sick and ailing Tsvangirai, … will defeat a fit Mnangagwa any day in a free and fair contest. In Zambia, a sick and ailing Sata defeated a fit Rupiah Banda when no-one gave him a snowball’s chance in hell.”

But Sikhala together with thousands of opposition supporters might be disappointed.

With just a few months before elections, Tsvangirai, 65, has thrown the MDC Alliance preparations into disarray after hinting on Monday at his possible early retirement, less than two months after his long-time foe former President Robert Mugabe also threw in the towel after a four-decade rule.

Mugabe, 93, resigned after a near-bloodless military intervention in the pre-dawn hours of November 15, 2017 with his deputy, Mnangagwa taking over.

The former president’s resignation had raised hopes for MDC members who felt Tsvangirai would at long last be able to win this year’s presidential elections, something he has over the years since 2002 been denied by Mugabe.

Tsvangirai, who has been in and out of a South African hospital since divulging his illness in 2016 triggered succession debate within the MDC immediately after his Monday announcement with names of two of his three deputies, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri being bandied around as possible replacements.

Sikhala, however, said Tsvangirai’s three deputies Thokozani Khupe, Chamisa and Mudzuri’s brands would be difficult to market in time for the elections. He dismissed them as ‘too small for his boots’.

“I still believe an ailing Morgan Tsvangirai is a better brand than all ambitious people in the MDC put together, so the only solution lies in us praying that he recovers and that God gives him better health,” said Sikhala.

In his New Year’s message soon after Mnangagwa had visited to check on him, Tsvangirai released a statement saying he was “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”.

He added that his decision to appoint two other vice presidents, Mudzuri and Chamisa was not by accident as he was preparing for the future.

“As I have said before, while politicians only think about the next election, true statesmen think about the next generation, for current leaders are only but caretakers for future generations. We do not have any entitlement to lead but we have a duty to serve.

“We must recognise the imperative that new hands, with the full blessing of the people, must take this struggle and this country forward with the destination remaining the same — a society that prides itself for not leaving anyone behind in their pursuit of freedom, prosperity and happiness.

“That is the only lasting legacy and precedence that we must leave to future generations.”

Meanwhile, Sikhala said the MDC was confident of winning the elections as the party covered a lot of ground in voter mobilisation during the ongoing biometric voter registration exercise.

“The party worked extremely hard to have its people registered as voters and I am saying this from an informed position.

“People are not aware that the MDC worked in an extraordinary way, the strategy in deployment that our party silently employed, was amazing.

“I can confidently tell you that the about 70 percent plus of the registered voters today came from the MDC but this is information we will not normally share but that is the truth.” DailyNews

  • Mbani olendaba lokuyizidoti lokhu ngaphandle kimhlobo wakho? Okunye kwabuya kithi kwakhankasa ngesihlobo sakibo sabe sikuyeka kwasala sangakuvoteli. Mina kahle kahle ngeke ngivotele imdidi leyi yombili kimi yimdidi batsheleni ukuthi ngitshonjalo bethumele amasotsha abo ezongibulala

  • Even in 2013 u singing de same hymn n u know de result… So it’s not Over until it’s over Mr Sikhala

  • Tibvirevopo zitsotsi remunhu

  • The lawyer representing the ZANU fraudsters?? Now i know why the MDC lost all elections!!! Tsvangirai ane boys “dzebhora musango”!!!

    • Nicholas u are right,they are all opportunists and w all e drama in e opposition Zanu hakuna kwairi kuenda

    • Problem with people is that you simply generalise and never contextualize any situation Mzembis arrest is nothing but political victimization he is simply being victimized because he was not part of G40 the charges emanate from thingd that he allegedly did in 2010 the only other MDC official to represent a Zanu person is Tendai Biti who represented Gideon Gono in a civil suit aganist Munyaradzi kereke people need to get their facts right before passing judgement on things that they dont know

  • Dreamers can continue dreaming

  • zanupf chiwororo,

    • Vamwe vaiti vaMugabe anotonga kusvika zvanaka

  • zviroto

  • Ingawina sei MDC imwe kwakati kwarara kuno kunze kwenyika endai kanyi mwovhota

  • Wishful thinking.

  • U are dreaming

  • Misconception

  • Dziudze mboko idzi Job Sikhala, the writing is on the wall.

  • defeat ZANU PF,pa fb kanhi hahaha chimbomirai ma funnies

  • In your dreams you fool

    • Munozvinyebera imi murume haanyatsodiwa uyu,hameno kumaruzevha ruzevha uko

    • Haadiwe newe uri one(1) out of a million

    • Aah! haurevesi James,one out of a million my ass, bvisa musoro muvhu uyo kkkkkkkk

  • Munoti ZANU matsotsi but kana vasungwa u represent them


  • This tym mukurwisana nebhuru kwete vanasisi vaisikudyai

  • Pano panonakidza pane vamwe vanozvinyebera,uyu murume uyu ndiri kungoona support yake pano pafb chete,ndotombo nyepera kumusupporter ndichida hangu ku assessor asi ndingoona ndaitwa outnumbered

  • oooooh achiri mupenyu nhai jobless

  • Maziso a Job Sikhala anenge munhu akambomhanya dondo…kana kuti munhu akamborohwa nezvidhoma…haana kukwana

  • Kanongovukura, basa kunyenga vakadzi vedu pacampain

  • Muzondo Muzhumbu

    Zvana Tsvangirai anokwanisa kungoboycotta maupcoming elections at last minute

  • Maziso ayo kkkkkk, put your house in order Sikhala and let the ailing man retire

  • Ninsense.

  • Kkkkk

  • Ana job. Alliance of zeros produces zero

  • Mari ya Mzembi watopedza here Jobho

  • Arnold mhere kkkkk waona zvandaona ndaona sekunge embavha

  • Although I like the man Job Sikhala.I battle to take him seriously on a lot of issues

  • Itai kumire ndobvumirana newe pano pa fb chete neni ndakatozviona

  • Kkkkkkkk,…shamwari dzacho chaidzo ndedzipi apa,…

  • The election time will come and pass,we are tired of assumptions,tichaona hedu

  • Maziziso ,dzopenga idzi

  • N u stay till u sick,not my vote

  • Viva Wiwa our hèro

  • Sikhala’s assertion is not scientific. Its daydreaming

  • Job, does it really matter. All we want is a Zimbabwean to lead and uphold the country constitution. Not to loot resources and favouring his or her party.

  • ana munzwamundove ,zvino manyangira yaona ,”famba Morgen, usacheuka mridzo ,dzimwe makwenure”

  • Just like as usual Dr MT has a straight and clean record of defeat a zanupf presidential candidate

  • This face just looks so untrustworthy and full of shit

  • wilbert

    Having to choose between Mnangagwa and Tsvangirai is like having to choose to have a leg or hand cut off; no one should ever have to make such a tough choice.

    We need to implement the reforms before elections because only a democratic environment will allow quality leaders to emerge. As long as the country continues to live under the present dictatorship which has stifled all debate and democratic competition for its own selfish purposes we will continue to have the scum of the nation as candidates.

  • some men are so hopeless