Is It Time For Tsvangirai To Step Down

Is It Time For Tsvangirai To Step Down
Published: 2016 July 01 04:35:56 (1962 Views)
The MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been put under pressure to review his retirement as party president following recent revelations that he is battling cancer of the colon.

Some members within the MDC-T perceive that Tsvangirai’s resignation will unlock funding opportunities for the party as he is now being viewed as a spent force.

Party hawks are already angling to succeed the former trade unionist who has led the opposition since its formation in 1999.

Sources said a bruising turf war has begun between former spokesperson and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and the party’s deputy president Thokozani Khupe.

Tsvangirai revealed his status last week after failing to pitch up for two consecutive rallies in Bulawayo and Mutare.

Chamisa, the source said, commanded respect of the party’s structures while Khupe wanted to use her current position to position herself for eventual takeover from Tsvangirai.

Although MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu denied the jostling, sources said there was a growing wave of discomfort within the MDC-T rank and file over Tsvangirai’s continued leadership.

Another source said there were also some manoeuvres by other senior party members including national chairman Lovemore Moyo, deputy secretary- general Tapiwa Mashakada and Engineer Elias Mudzuri.

The developments, according to the sources, had stalled coalition negotiations that had been opened between MDC-T and Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First.

However, Gutu dismissed MDC-T succession talk as a pack of lies being peddled by people who have nothing to do in their lives.

Last week Tsvangirai failed to attend a rally in Mutare after he was rushed to South Africa for a medical review.

He later addressed party supporters over the phone that was connected to a public address system.

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