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Tsvangirai, Biti talks collapse

The much-touted talks between the two MDC-T faction leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and his former secretary general Tendai Biti have virtually collapsed amid allegations of insincerity on the part of the former premier’s camp.

Caiphas Chimhete

Tsvangirai’s faction is accused of arm-twisting the party’s guardian council chairperson, Sekai Holland and ‘doctoring’ the council’s press statement to appear as if the party elders had denounced Biti’s MDC renewal team.

Holland said after the Guardian Council meeting, they sent their statement to Tsvangirai for him to have a look but the information department doctored it to focus on discrediting the Mandel meeting that suspended the former Prime Minister.

MDC Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume yesterday said they would not hold unity talks with dishonest people who surrounded the venue where the Guardian Council was meeting with rowdy party militia.

He said the renewal team would not engage Tsvangirai until he changed to the “old Morgan, a democrat” they knew from the formation of the party.

“We will not talk to him until the new Morgan behaves like the old Morgan, the democrat, we used to know,” said Mafume.

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said there were never any talks with the MDC Renewal Team and they would not wish to have them.

He said Tsvangirai’s faction did not need Biti’s camp to unseat President Robert Mugabe.

“There were never any talks with those people,” said Mwonzora. “We are content with what we are because the people are on our side as evidenced by the huge turnout at our rallies averaging 10 000 people compared to 52 people addressed by Biti in Mutare recently.”

Mwonzora said it was surprising that Holland was dissociating herself from the statement yet she was the one dictating what was being written.

“The truth will come out because we have a recording of what transpired at the meeting,” he said.

Mwonzora said four members of the Guardian Council, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka and himself were present when the statement was prepared. However, it is not clear why the MDC Renewal Team was not represented.

A member of the Guardian Council, James Makore said the council of elders will continue with their mediation efforts.

“It is our wish that the two parties unite,” said Makore. “We will do it [mediation] with the consent of both parties.”

He however said the Guardian Council would soon meet and issue a statement, disputing Holland’s position because what she read at MDC-T headquarters on Thursday was what they had agreed.

“We agreed as a council to denounce the Mandel meeting and also pointed out that we did not support political violence. The second statement that she [Holland] produced was not from the council,” said Makore.

He claimed that talks between Tsvangirai and Biti had not formally started but Holland was talking to the two parties without the consent of the Guardian Council.

“She was doing the mediation herself on our behalf without our approval,” claimed Makore.

Efforts to get a comment from Holland were unsuccessful yesterday. Her husband, Jim, said she was in Bulawayo.

The renewal team is working with other political parties to form a grand coalition that will see parties agreeing to field just one presidential candidate against President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in 2018.

The coalition excludes Tsvangirai’s faction and includes the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, Zapu led by Dumiso Dabengwa and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) led by Simba Makoni.

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8 Responses to Tsvangirai, Biti talks collapse

  1. chitoporo May 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    UNobva watoshaya kuti ko kana chembere dzinenge ana tsvangison dzakuita behave like toddlers zviri kufamba sei.

    morgan is a damaged goods from long back. I really wonder who is advising him to shoot his fat feet.

    Mwonzora is a dangerous fellow. So is This teenager chamisa.

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  2. Diibulaanyika May 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    pliz do not block our comments

  3. Diibulaanyika May 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Morgan does and will never need ailing biti Morgan has his millions of supporters telling him to move forward while biti has 50 supporter and foreign donors so who is fooling who here . as of holland she has trust among Morgan .s multitudes . she must also join biti sha is back biting.

  4. Taliban May 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Diibulaanyika you must stop being emotional and be objective in yo views

  5. See Further May 27, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    BITI anoda kurohwa futi, saMangoma

  6. dofo May 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    mangoma and mbwiti are fulling themselves no MT YOU are going to regreet i tell you people will never join you people are tired of being used its better top remain with my old tradition than that of yours mafume is another idiot pfutseki wake ngataite rally rake nemukadzi wake luck kana anaye anenge mugay iyeye mafume

  7. vz vz May 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Morgan u don’t need biti u need us we are fully behind you. Chembere hadzimuzive biti so why worry let him join ZANU or form another party who cares about him.Handei kumberi rongai zvekumberi

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