‘Tsvangirai departure will spell doom’

Respected lawyer David Coltart, believes no one among the current crop of opposition leaders can fit in the shoes of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, saying he was the only one with the national appeal and stamina to beat Zanu PF in the next elections.

Vice President Nelson Chamisa, Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora and party President Morgan Tsvangirai
Vice President Nelson Chamisa, Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora and party President Morgan Tsvangirai

The former Education minister said the state of Tsvangirai’s health was a cause for concern both to the MDC and the MDC Alliance.

Tsvangirai is battling cancer of the colon amid increased pressure from the general public, civic society and politicians for him to hand over the baton.

However, in his new year message to the nation, Tsvangirai hinted on stepping down, in a move that has amplified a succession battle within the MDC.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily News yesterday, Coltart said in the event Tsvangirai fails to recover in time that could spell doom for the opposition in the country.

“The situation has been made difficult by Tsvangirai’s health difficulties which I am very sympathetic about. What if, for whatever reason, he decides to resign, or if he is not going to stand as the MDC Alliance’s presidential candidate, it may be difficult for the Alliance to build a consensus around some other person, other than Morgan Tsvangirai,” he said.

Coltart said there was no one in the opposition who had equal support to that of Tsvangirai.

“He was acknowledged by the main parties to be the individual politician able to defeat a Zanu PF candidate. There is really no one else among the opposition leader who has the same gravitas, same charisma and support as Tsvangirai,” he said.

In the event Tsvangirai decides to step down citing health issues, Coltart predicted chaos in the opposition.

“I fear there may be a serious contestation that takes place, firstly within the MDC who will take over from him and secondly within the broader MDC Alliance who may not be happy with whoever the party puts forward.”

“Again, if Tsvangirai is unable to stand, we cannot be guaranteed that one of his deputies, if he takes over will be equally committed to the alliance and that will have a catastrophic effect on the alliance,” he added.

As a result, he said, it was necessary for the nation to pray for Tsvangirai’s recovery, adding that if health continued to fail him, it was also necessary that he rests away from the strenuous political domain.

“But once again, our first hope is that Tsvangirai recovers. It’s a hard thing to say because it deals with very personal issues of health but Tsvangirai must be receiving advice from his doctors regarding chances of recovery and what he needs to do to recover fully.

“I am not a doctor and I don’t pretend to be one but I know when I have been ill in the past, the best way to get better is by resting,” he said.

My concern is that is we all insist on Tsvangirai running for elections when he really needs to rest we will be doing him disservice and adversely affect his health.”

Above all, Coltart suggested that there be an honest discussion among party and MDC Alliance leaders to chart the way forward regarding Tsvangirai’s future.

“I think there is need to have an honest discussion within the MDC and the MDC Alliance leadership centred on Tsvangirai so that we all understand the state of his health and what his doctors are advising so that we can then make decisions based on that medical advice.”

He added: “But if his medical advisers tell him that he should not continue I think he still has a critical role to play using his position and experience to ensure that there is a smooth transition of power within the MDC Alliance and help to bring a consensus among the alliance partners. DailyNews

  • Naked truth

  • True but the motive is to flush zanu down the drain

  • People want change,any one can do

  • Not because people want Tsvangirai, but want change

  • No,no fucking whites for Zimbabwe presidency

  • True,some are traitors

  • u mean he s our paul pogba hahaha

  • Kkkkkk mango fanana mava zvidhura mese

  • I have huge respect for my President Morgan and all His contributions but no one is irreplaceable and remember somebody robbed us of a chance to see other great leaders we have as a country

  • Ichokwadi chinorwadza ichi

  • What matters most in life are principles I agree with Mr Coltart it takes years to build a name in politics. And to be trusted by the electorate.

  • wel said my guy

  • that’s his own way of thinking

  • This a very sad and unfortunate statement coming from such a renowned senior party member.Tsvangirai has offered all that he has to MDC and personally i appreciate all that,but to say no one is capable of taking on the reigns its sad indeed.This is the very same mentality that put us in the same messy we are in right now simply because some zombies in Zanu(PF) thought that only Mugabe could rule !!This is all wrong ,change this kind of mentality.

  • Painful truth I wish Save a swift recovery

  • VOTE MDC

  • No one in this world is irreplaceable. Where is Mugabe now?

    • Then akapinda panzvimbo yaMugabe unoti ari popular pakudii iye akaita masimba ekuvhuta

    • Then akapinda panzvimbo yaMugabe unoti ari popular pakudii iye akaita masimba ekuvhuta

    • Then akapinda panzvimbo yaMugabe unoti ari popular pakudii iye akaita masimba ekuvhuta

  • Ichi ndochokwadi chisina kana kugombedzerwa hapana akashinga kumira panguwa yekuomerwa vanatajamuka vakatiza tsvangirai airohwa nekupwnyiwa musoro arimo muno muzim kusatenda huroyi

  • do we have candidates against ED in this year’s elections?

  • lets Say MT stands and wins the polls in his condition… then deem unfit to stand of office…. VP kuMDC will have to take over right and has to call for elections apa hapana chavanenge vaita economically…. with the power struggles in MDC now i wonder if such a situation comes….. MT must also walk the walk inga ndiye aiti mugabe must go becoz of age, ill health and failed the country… lead by example MT… just saying zvangu

    • Is Tsvangirai or was he president of the country

    • here goes English again

    • No,its no true if he wins the election and then dies or become incapacited,the vice president will finish of the remaining years.thts why ed became president after mugabe resigned.

    • what ever the law says am not a lawyer but keta hondo iri mu MDC even vasiri in power

  • In his dreams

  • Kurwara zvako asi moyo wangu waida kuti Save vambotongawo akarwa hondo hombe murume uyu

  • Chokwadi

  • Seka urema wafa havasivo vaiseka mdara Bhobho here ava achinzi akurisa.

  • Did he say stamina?

  • Thus the T on the brand name.

  • Politics is like creating ur own brand for customers to buy ur products, MT became known na sekuru na gogo vari Dotito, Binga, Kamativi, Jezzy ngomukati in 2008 varohwa nenzara, after nearly 10 year’s te formation of mdc, so how many years do we need for Chamisa to convince gogo varikumusha ??

  • APA pataurwa chokwadi Chaicho.

  • True just like zanu pf no Mugabe no win and MDC no Tsvangirai no win these are brand names we have so reverse is true.

  • MT ndizvo

  • Pakaipa apa morgiza

  • Aluta continua change is what we need and real change not just something like change Jahknow

  • Its tym to fire colt art from the party he is doing a lot of damage. For wat reason? We don’t know

  • Always on spot, David Coltart!! Very true unfortunately!!

  • Zimbabwe is not built by opposition parties. Opposition means opposition and will remain opposition.

  • Ko munochemeiko,M.T will recover soon,just wait,Patience…..

  • If you think he is irreplaceable i tell you to google about mugabe and mrs gorezaza

  • Iyo nyaya yekuti munhu anoti hapana anokwanisa kufita bhutsu dzanhingi ndiyo yatiitisa 37 neumwe murume y do we doubt our capabilities tisati tazviita ini gandibvumirani neshoko iro

  • Thats where you are wrong boyoooo ….. let him step down and you will see that anyone and everyone is dispensable and someone else can exceed what he has achieved… the problem with Zim politics is the one guy wants to run the show and dictate and be the begin all and all … i hope who ever comes next also solves this democracy issue once and for all

  • True but what else can we do,the guy has cancer of the colon and how different are we from zanupf when we use a sick person to get us power.

    • Hakuna munhu asongarwari asi zvinenge zvisati zvavakuoneka chete kkkk

  • So yu want to use him to win then yu take over

  • So yu want to use him to win then yu take over

  • So yu want to use him to win then yu take over

  • Morgan was captured already, plus he is a failure

  • Morgan was captured already, plus he is a failure

  • I think its weird to hear from senior member of MDC T ,thus why we are in this dilemma with Mugabe’s bcz same sentiments were being said no one can replace him .Yes we salute MT for the job well done. But in MDC T there’s a lot of crop leader’s who can take Zimbabwe forward.

  • Ukaona panotaura vanhu vakati wandei panopedzisira parovana vanhu kana kubuda vasina answer. Regai ndigeze zvangu ini

  • Coltart is just voicing his personal opinion. Such statements from Coltart should not be taken seriously. Coltart’s mentality has traits of creating another Mugabe in MT. MT can help to creat a new political brand in his successor. This is easier now before he becomes incapacited or before he dies.

  • Nah. Chamisa has our votes

  • Short and to the point.

  • Kkkkkk

  • Baffled

    Coltart, that is exactly the reason why Zimbabwe is in such a mess: Mugabe believed that only he can rule Zimbabwe and his wife said even in his death he can rule. There is no such thing as an indispensable leader. The mistake of the opposition is the same as that of ZANU PF of the leader refusing to hand over power despite unavoidable things like old age in the case of Bob. All Tsvangirai needed to do was step down and give the new leader time to be known and “marketed” to the people. before elections but as it is time is running out fast.
    If the opposition leader cannot be democratic now and allow leadership rotation, there is no chance he will do it in government.

    • Rwendo

      Amen to that. And worse, if what Coltart said were to be true, what is he saying about us as a nation – that we would rather vote for and reward a man who was actively aiding and abetting Mugabe for 37 years as their party dragged our nation from prosperity to ruin? Why didn’t he ever take a principled stand like the Tekeres, Makonis, Mujurus, Dabengwas, Mavhaires, Nzarayebanis, Mvenges…? All of a sudden he’s a reformer? Or an opportunist telling us what we desperately want to hear?

  • Thank Mr coltart . You said the real truth . Zanu PF people wants Chamisa because they know his time is not now . Chamisa can’t win election in Zimbabwe at this present moment. You need Tsvangirai . Zanu PF knows that too well that’s why they are pretending to be mdc supporters to push Tsvangirai out so they are left with an easy opponent manje we saying Save chete chete

  • That’s chicken mentality, the same mentality that enslaved us to the cruel dictator for 4 decades.

  • Tsvangirai must not listen to anyone, he should make his decision and then make it public. People then work it out from there. Yu can not please everyone in politics.

  • Baffled

    Coltart, that is exactly the reason why Zimbabwe is in such a mess: Mugabe believed that only he can rule Zimbabwe and his wife said even in his death he can rule. There is no such thing as an indispensable leader. The mistake of the opposition is the same as that of ZANU PF of the leader refusing to hand over power despite unavoidable things like old age in the case of Bob. All Tsvangirai needed to do was step down and give the new leader time to be known and “marketed” to the people. before elections but as it is time is running out fast.
    If the opposition leader cannot be democratic now and allow leadership rotation, there is no chance he will do it in government.

    • Rwendo

      Amen to that. And worse, if what Coltart said were to be true, what is he saying about us as a nation – that we would rather vote for and reward a man who was actively aiding and abetting Mugabe for 37 years as their party dragged our nation from prosperity to ruin? Why didn’t he ever take a principled stand like the Tekeres, Makonis, Mujurus, Dabengwas, Mavhaires, Nzarayebanis, Mvenges…? All of a sudden he’s a reformer? Or an opportunist telling us what we desperately want to hear?

  • the truth that is painful to swallow.

  • YES SURE THATS TRUE

  • herte zimbo

    Tsvangirai is not indespensable……..You willl be supprised that there are several millions of Zimbabweans that can rule far much better than him

  • Yes he is the best coach,but he is the only one who proved himself. Watch out there are still wonderful leaders

  • propaganda

  • herte zimbo

    Tsvangirai is not indespensable……..You willl be supprised that there are several millions of Zimbabweans that can rule far much better than him

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