Tsvangirai plots Mangoma’s ouster

RIFTS within the MDC-T are widening amid revelations that the party’s 210 district chairpersons have been summoned to Harare for a meeting next Saturday to seal the fate of deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma.

BY OUR STAFF

Mangoma stirred the hornet’s nest with his letter to MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai asking him to step down.

The letter exposed deep-seated divisions within the party which appears to have split into two camps; one supporting Tsvangirai and baying for Mangoma’s blood, and another fighting in Mangoma’s corner, arguing the deputy treasurer-general had a democratic right to openly express his views.

But sources said after realising that only eight out of the 46 MDC-T national executive members supported moves to expel Mangoma at a recent meeting, Tsvangirai was now seeking grassroots support to kick out the deputy treasurer.

An executive member said Tsvangirai summoned the district chairpersons for a meeting at his Highlands house; a move he said was unprecedented and unconstitutional.

He said the meeting was being stage-managed to endorse Tsvangirai and enable district chairpersons to pass a vote of no confidence in Mangoma and other leaders calling for leadership renewal in the party.
“The district chairpersons are being coached on what to say and basically that Mangoma should go,” said the MDC-T official. “This meeting has no name. It is going to be a rally meant to push someone’s agenda.”

He said, in terms of the MDC-T constitution, there was no provision for district chairpersons to meet, outside congress, provinces and branches.  The official said after the executive committee meeting, Tsvangirai should have called for a national council meeting.
He said Tsvangirai realised that a majority of the 118 members in the national council would not support him.

Another senior MDC-T official alleged that the Saturday’s meeting would be almost similar to the one convened in 2006 which resulted in the ouster of Lucia Matibenga as chairperson of the women’s assembly by Theresa Makone.

He said although Tsvangirai was not involved in the ouster of Matibenga, this time around similar tactics would be used to silence dissenting voices.

The official alleged that once Mangoma was removed, eight of the 12 provincial executives calling for leadership renewal were set to be dissolved.

He said in Manicaland, there was already a parallel provincial structure allegedly led by David Chimhini and Giles Mutsekwa competing for power with the official one chaired by Julius Magarangoma.

However, MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora said the agenda of the meeting was to discuss the party’s strategic plan for 2014 and beyond.

He said Mangoma and all the 12 national standing committee members would attend the meeting. Provincial chairpersons and leaders of the youth and women’s assemblies would also attend the meeting, he said.

Mwonzora denied that the meeting would be held at Tsvangirai’s Highlands’s house, insisting the venue was Harvest House.

“It’s basically a working meeting. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the President [Tsvangirai] and the national leadership to give the correct position of the leadership of the party on various issues,” he said.

Mwonzora said MDC-T executive members should not fear to meet lower level leaders as represented by the district chairpersons.
He said the case of Mangoma would not come under discussion at the meeting after the deputy-treasurer general privately met Tsvangirai last Sunday.

Mwonzora said Tsvangirai assured Mangoma that he was free to express his views and participate in party activities.

The MDC-T spokesperson also commented on a letter purportedly written by treasurer-general, Roy Bennett calling for an audit of MDC-T books and for Tsvangirai to resign over allegations of abuse of party funds.

“We shall be releasing more damaging information concerning abuse of party funds by Tsvangirai and his friends in due course,” said a person purportedly claiming to be Bennett in a letter to our sister publication Newsday yesterday. “We advised him to resign with his dignity intact, but since he has made his bed, he must lie in it.”
Mwonzora said if indeed the treasurer-general wanted an audit, he should have requested this through the standing committee, the national executive or the national council justifying his reasons.
“The custodian of party funds is the treasurer general.

It is from him that transparency is expected and not from officials who have nothing to do with financial management,” he said. Bennett could not be reached for comment.

Mwonzora said attempting to force Tsvangirai to resign through threats of exposure of financial impropriety was trying to effect leadership change through extortion.

15 Responses to Tsvangirai plots Mangoma’s ouster

  1. Tony February 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    So according to the party spokesperson, this an official party meeting with a clear agenda and to be attended by among others, Mangoma himself. What’s your source Reporter. This seems like bar talk with these unnamed sources.

  2. Bruno February 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Why has the news quality coming from the Standard deterioted so suddenly. I used buy a copy every week but now am afraid i longer have the interest to buy due to the fact that all their so called news are half baked. The Standard used to give us news that no one will afford to miss because it was well investgated and written. You were left with no questions. But now there is no difference between the Herald and the Standard in terms of reporting style

    • utakataka February 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      Nokuti yatanga kutaura zvausingadi kunzwaka?

      • Bruno February 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

        @utakataka. its not that yakutaura zvandisingadi. I am refering to they way they are putting together nyaya dzavo. Kare u could read a story ichinyatso pera zvichiratidza kuti munyori akaferefeta nyaya zvakakwana. but these days unongozwa unnamed sources. nyakurehwa aabvunzwe kuti tizivewo zvaanofunga.

    • Codza February 16, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Kusvika mati sorry

  3. samson February 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    My brother is a district chairman. He was also invited. From his talk the likes of Mangoma and Bennett will be gone come next Saturday. This time havalume. Viva Mogiza! Mogiza for life President of MDC!!!

  4. Gutter Poet February 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Samson- many thanks for putting things into perspective..yeah Tsvangirayi for life..One thng though, he might find himself alone with his dog in this party of yours. Cant you see people are sick to the eye balls with the goings on in the MDCT?Just as an aside everyone who is hiding behind Tsvangirayi because of their own indadequacies like Chairman Moyo, Theresa Makone, Chamisa and other dead hangers-on know they have no future without Tsvangirayi at the helm. It is these people who have destroyed and are being allowed to continue destroying the party..And this is a shame.

  5. Jonathiel Moyo February 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Im real amazed by such newspaper editors. I think we the people of Zimbabwe we have had enough of MDCs we are interested in the corruption within ZANUPF and Mugabe’s administration. Squabbles in MDC-T is no news to us because there are also infighting in ZANUPF which this paper is afraid to talk about.The MDC-T is a creation of somebody somewhere who has the intention of diverting people’s minds from the real issues of corruption that has exposed Mugabe. Why are you afraid of giving us news that Mugabe has been externalizing state funds which he used to purchase properties in the Far East? The Mugabe dynasty has properties over the country and abroad but the standard has ignored to investigate and report but chose to concentrate on MDC-T misunderstanding. The Masimirembwa issue needs to be pursued. Chombo, Charamba, Mahachi, Muchechetere and many others are sources of news which we need to read from your newspaper.

  6. mapara February 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    why force him to resign, they should just go to congress and see who will win. If tsvangirai has failed then all have failed coz they used unanimous vote on all decisions they made. all must go.

  7. nelson February 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    kkkkkkk ngaabaye blaz uyo.taneta nevanorambira pazvigaro .

  8. um ma1 February 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    If there is no provision giving Tsvangirai powers to meet with the district chairpersons outside provincial and national congresses, is there any provision that prevents him from doing so?

  9. reward February 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    every party should have descipline,some party members seek popularity through blasting their leaders ,openly mangoma,bennet should go,if they had different opinion it should have gone through a proper channel.next its mdc mangoma or bannet

  10. patrick February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    We dont need any more news about a dead and buried sellout party!

  11. Tazzen Mandizvidza February 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    MDC-T is indeed a dead party. Myself and bla Happi Muchechetere played our part in destroying this British sponsored puppet party. This is why nothing is going to happen to us despite the allegations of corruption being leveled against us. Forward with the revolutionary party! Down with Tsvangirai and his fellow puppets!

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