Tsvangirai Not Going Back On VPs

Tsvangirai Not Going Back On VPs
Published: 2016 July 20 07:02:20 (2211 Views)
Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC-T leader is not fore-going his decision to increase the party's Vice Presidents to three after the appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to join Thokozani Khuphe.

Tsvangirai’s spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, yesterday defended his appointments, saying they were based on the two’s capabilities in executing party functions.

“It does not matter where the cats come from, as long as they catch mice,” Tamborinyoka, quoting former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, said in a statement yesterday.

“Some have raised valid issues concerning gender and tribe, but as president Tsvangirai pointed out last week, it was the nature of the job that needed to be done that determined the candidates that were appointed and not any other factor.”

He said Tsvangirai’s actions were within the parameters of the party’s constitution, which gave the national council powers to run the party between congresses.

Tsvangirai’s spokesman also took a pot shot at party members questioning the decision, saying party organs were bigger than individuals.

“The appointments of Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa were okayed by a superior organ of the party. Any two or individuals plotting under a tree can never be above the national council of the party, whatever their political station in the party hierarchy,” he said.

Tamborinyoka confirmed the decision to expand the party’s presidium was opposed by three of the party’s 12 provinces at last Thursday’s meeting.

This follows quiries raised by other party members tha the move could have tribal implications and cost the MDC-T votes in Midlands, Matabeleland and Mashonaland provinces, as both Chamisa and Mudzuri hailed from Masvingo, while the former regions could be aggrieved by what they might see as a slight on Khupe.



- Newsday
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