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needs new leaders: supporters
The Independent (Zimbabwe)
August 30, 2013
a controversial poll drubbing by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF
in the July
31 general elections, MDC-T supporters have called for the dissolution
of the party’s national executive and standing committee accusing
the leadership of incompetence and naivety, among other glaring
Members of the
party’s supporters’ forum presented a document to the
Zimbabwe Independent detailing their grievances and called for urgent
added their voice to growing calls for the party to search within
itself for answers “in view of the disgraceful performance
in the just-ended elections on July 31”.
The MDC-T held
a two-day elections post-mortem meeting this week.
are so upset and despondent about what happened,” reads the
are putting the blame squarely on the leadership comprising the
executive and the standing committee for lacking political wisdom
and experience to match Zanu-PF’s rigging strategies.”
who refused to be identified, said the party was well aware of their
grievances, but accused senior officials of blocking their planned
meetings with secretary-general Tendai Biti and national organising
secretary Nelson Chamisa.
on several occasions in the run-up to the elections to meet Biti
and Chamisa, but their secretaries frustrated us at every turn,”
said a forum member.
the MDC-T’s allegations that a combination of massive intimidation
of voters, systematic rigging and disenfranchisement of potential
voters, among other factors, cost them at the polls, the supporters
said the party should still shoulder the blame for its crushing
They said it
was strange the party was now crying foul alleging rigging yet it
was warned beforehand that Zanu-PF would use the familiar strategy
to win the elections.
The forum said
the party had continuously ignored warnings on the need to consult
party members and instead chose to stick to its undemocratic ways
of choosing candidates by confirmation or imposition.
argued the imposition of candidates ranged from Sunningdale constituency
in Harare, Dangamvura-Chikanga in Mutare (Manicaland) to Bulawayo
where various former sitting legislators, including Felix Magalela
Sibanda and Samuel Khumalo, ditched the party in protest and contested
the elections as independents.
party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s chosen candidate outgoing
Housing minister Giles Mutsekwa was thumped by lawyer Arnold Tsunga.
provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma abandoned all protocol
and took to social media to attack the “snakes, cups and kitchens
within the party who went out to openly rig elections and in some
cases even impose candidates in primary elections in Buhera West
and Chipinge Central”. This was in reference to the “kitchen
cabinet” - is Tsvangirai’s inner circle often accused
of making unilateral decisions.
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