MDC-T threatens Tsunga with expulsion

MUTARE — Human rights lawyer, Arnold Tsunga and Patrick Sagandira will be expelled from the MDC-T if they fail to withdraw their candidature ahead of Wednesday’s harmonised elections, a senior party official has warned.


MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has directed that Tsunga and Sagandira withdraw their candidature in Dangamvura-Chikanga and Makoni Central constituencies respectively before the polls.

Tsvangirai has endorsed Giles Mutsekwa in Dangamvura-Chikanga and Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader, Simba Makoni to represent MDC-T in Makoni Central, after he forged an electoral pact with the former finance minister in President Robert Mugabe’s government.

MDC-T acting national chairman, Morgan Komichi, who was in Manicaland last week to address factionalism in the party, said those who were defying Tsvangirai would be expelled from the party.

“President [Tsvangirai] has been very clear on the candidates. Giles Mutsekwa will stand for Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency and Simba Makoni for Makoni Central. Anyone who objects will be expelled from the party,” said Komichi.

“The MDC-T is a big institution and no one is bigger than it. If those candidates [Tsunga and Sagandira] defy our President’s call then that is called indiscipline and the MDC-T does not tolerate indiscipline.”

He said the party’s national council was not happy with the level of factionalism in Manicaland province, and warned that those divisions could cost the MDC-T in Wednesday’s make-or-break harmonised elections.

“I want to call all the MDC-T people in Manicaland to bury the hatchet and work together,” said Komichi. “Manicaland is important to us because this is one of our strongholds. Let’s all be one and vote for our official candidates.”

Mutsekwa said he was the candidate officially chosen by the party to represent the Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency.

“The people of Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency ought to know that I am their candidate. There is no parallel candidature, because President Tsvangirai has made a ruling that I am the official candidate,” he said.

“Tsunga was told of that position and he accepted it. He was also told that he would be deployed elsewhere in the party, but we are surprised and perplexed that he is defying the party’s directive.”

But Tsunga said: “I am not defying the party’s position at all. The party is called Movement for Democratic Change and this is democracy. Yes, the party decided that I should step down, but, if I do so I would be letting my people in the constituency down. Let the people speak and l will follow the wishes of the people.”

Tsunga dispelled the assertion that having two candidates in the constituency would split votes.

“No ways, I have enough votes to win and all our votes will also work in favour of President Tsvangirai,” Tsunga said.

Sagandira also said he would not withdraw.

“I want the people in Makoni Central to know that I am the MDC-T candidate whom they should vote for,” said Sagandira.

“The people of Makoni Central and I have done a lot of ground work, so for me to withdraw will be the biggest let down of the people in my constituency.”

7 Responses to MDC-T threatens Tsunga with expulsion

  1. pmk July 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Arnold and patrick guys. for the sake of our MDC just withdraw so that we dnt loose these 2 seats.we respect you will blamed if we lose those 2 seats.

  2. TChinos July 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Guys just understand that we have a common enemy,ZPF so just withdraw for us two the 2 seats.Thank you 4 your understanding comrades.Real comrades are disciplined.

  3. TChinos July 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Guys just understand that we have a common enemy,ZPF so just withdraw for us to win the 2 seats.Thank you 4 your understanding comrades.Real comrades are disciplined.

  4. Anold July 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Why does Tsvangirai has to impose candidates on us. We now have common enemies, Tsvangirai and Zanu-PF, Tsvangirai was supposed to listen to the people and not come with his tendencies. TYsvangirai is the one causing problems, if he had not imposed Makoni and Mutsekwa there will not be such problems.

  5. Shishito July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Giles Mutsekwa is Tsvangirayi’s choice here, let it be known to Tsvangirai that Arnold Tsunga is MDC-T people’s choice. Morgan you are now dividing us stop imposing candidates on us. Please withdraw your choice Giles Mutsekwa, we can’t afford to lose.

  6. wezhaz July 30, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Tsunga u are ZANU PF, during confimation and primaries u were busy insulting violence thru Sam Chabuka, u dont have love for MDC-T. U dont belong in any MDC-T stractures, u bought ur way in thru Keresensia Chabuka, julias MagArangoma, Prosper Mutseyami, Pishai MuchaurayA. If u go against the party president who r u representing? U just want to use the MDC-T party symbol coz u know thats where the majority r. Form ur own party.

  7. t.c.n July 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    let the people speak

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