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PF sponsoring MDC rebellion
September 24, 2013
main opposition party has made sensational claims that President
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF is sponsoring dissent within its ranks.
secretary Nelson Chamisa told the Daily News that the party had
unearthed a plot hatched by Zanu-PF to destroy the opposition movement,
but hastened to add that “the party is on guard”.
denied sponsoring the rebellion, saying it has no money to waste
destabilising a party that dismally
lost the July 31 vote.
insisted there was a desperate ploy to influence matters in the
expect the same ploy that was used in regards to councillors to
be employed in Parliament,” Chamisa told the Daily News.
seen these ploys even in our structures, trying to plant discord
and a destabilising agenda, but we are vigilant, we have told our
cadres to be vigilant and to be on the watch out.”
the July 31 elections, the MDC has endured a rough-run, amid allegations
of serious divisions in the movement.
such as the party’s influential treasurer-general Roy Bennet,
have come out guns blazing calling
for leadership renewal.
week, the depth of the party’s crisis was also exposed when
councillors defied the party’s directive to vote for selected
candidates for mayoral posts.
where the MDC has a strong majority went to Zanu-PF amid claims
that the ruling party had compromised its councillors using cash.
Dissent in the
MDC has given currency to calls for Tsvangirai to pass the baton.
said the party is fully behind Tsvangirai, who lost his third election
bid against bitter rival Mugabe since entering the political fray
14 years ago.
the misbegotten and misconceived perceptions of an organisation
that is cannibalistic and eating itself from inside we are focused,”
focused that the crisis in Zimbabwe is a crisis of governance, a
crisis of mandate and the deficit of democracy and we are focusing
our energy on that.”
state this, there is no succession crisis in the MDC. You cannot
have succession where there is success.
has succeeded to fight dictatorship in this country. Now as regards
to people like me, we are neither capable nor suitable to constitute
any succession that is being talked about.” Chamisa said reports
that the party faces an implosion amid an internal revolt were false.
solidly behind our leader, we have done a survey of our party and
our structures and all are behind his leadership,” Chamisa
is no need for any false debate, which is being sponsored by Zanu-PF.
If anything, Tsvangirai is the centre of stability. We reject any
attempts which have been placed by Zanu-PF to cause discord.
not a house on fire as is being sought by Zanu-PF. I am glad I had
discussions with Roy Bennet and we are open to debate.” Bennett
has called for Tsvangirai to quit saying he is no longer popular.
legislator said, ranged “against a formidable opponent such
as Zanu-PF” there was need to inculcate discipline in the
the Zanu-PF administration secretary, said his party does not have
money to waste infiltrating the MDC.
zvakanaka mfana uyu (he should be reasonable),” Mutasa warned.
we don’t have money to waste. The MDC are the ones who say
we are in a free Zimbabwe, so people are free to make their choices.”
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