Renewal team snubs Tsvangirai

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s call for rebels to re-join his faction have landed on deaf ears, as the latter said they would not “follow him into his make believe world”.


Spokesperson for the MDC Renewal Team, Jacob Mafume said Tsvangirai was the one who should ask for forgiveness from Zimbabweans for being undemocratic and violating the party constitution.

“Firstly, we are saying if there is anyone who is to ask for forgiveness, it is him [Tsvangirai],”Mafume said.

“He has to ask for forgiveness for beating up [Elton] Mangoma, for violation of the party constitution and for being inconsistent. He has overstayed in power and he should also ask for forgiveness for being an undemocratic leader and personalising the party.”

Mafume said a political party could not be run like a church where one asked for forgiveness from a priest or pastor.

“He is saying we should work together, doing what?” asked Mafume.

“He is not the high priest of the Zimbabweans where he can issue forgiveness amnesty. Under what authority does he give amnesty? We will not follow him into his make believe world.”

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Eldred Masunungure said Tsvangirai’s call was likely to land on deaf ears.

“It is difficult to say it’s prompted by desperation or reconciliation,” Masunungure said.

“He is trying to sound like someone who is accommodative or tolerant. He is trying to establish his democratic credentials and wants to differentiate himself from President [Robert] Mugabe, by trying to rebut those allegations that he is dictatorial by calling back those who deserted the party.

“I don’t think it will work; the call is likely to be received by disdain and ridicule by the other members. It will be received on deaf ears.”

Tsvangirai on Friday extended an olive branch to rebels and all other opposition party members who deserted the party, pleading with them to return to enable the formation of a united front to dislodge Mugabe from power.

He said the party was prepared to take back rebels and deserters without any preconditions.

“In light of our big tent mentality and consistent with our traditional magnanimity as a democratic party, we have offered an olive branch to all members, without exception, who feel they wish to come back and renew their commitment by rejoining the party,” Tsvangirai was quoted as saying.

The MDC-T lost several members to the MDC Renewal Team headed by former secretary-general Tendai Biti after accusing the former Premier of dictatorial tendencies.

6 Responses to Renewal team snubs Tsvangirai

  1. Sekuru eddie August 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Marebels murikuadii ? Zvii zvamri kudra marebels zvamatadza kuita? Kana vanhu vati wavakuenda siyayi vakadaro, zvavakuita sekuti ndvo vaiita kuti bato riende mberi. Ko ivo vaTsvangirai vacho chavari kunyengerera chii kuvanhu vari kuvadadira?

  2. chimwango August 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    Renewal Team and its so called spokes person should not behave as if they have something special to offer Zimbabweans in terms of democracy. After all their group is composed of unelected people.To say the least, this group is worse than ZanuPf.

  3. Jacob Mafume August 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    The rebels are rebels, never mind about them, in my personal capacity, i don’t for see the rebels going , and they are not needed any more, if you keep counting on them, they might take them at the wrong level and think that there are important in this struggle whilst they are the worst garbage, Jacob Mafume, with so much energy and excitement of being a spokesperson of Rebels, you say things out of sense and much thinking, anywhere, you think we can be fooled by you noise, we are not after Tsvangirai, we are after Mugabe and his Government that bribed Biti after negotiating for Gono safe landing after Kereke wanted to make sure that he lands in jail, now you want us to follow such a party, you are betraying the people struggle. Garai ikoko. Biti confessing that Zanu Pf won the election free and fair, who caught red handed the rigging that took place in Mt Pleasant, that’s a fallacy.

  4. dokun August 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    democracy means leadership renewal. tsvangirai has overstayed his welcome as president of mdc-t. he should give way for a new leadership to pilot the plane of mdc-t and indeed zimbabwe to better days.zimbabwe collapsed because mugabe did not give room for leadership renewal and so no new ideas in 34 years . just the same anti-white slogan”the land belongs to us” but when we got the lands , we couldnt make it productive. now that zanu-pf is facing factional discontent, mdc-t need to realign itself with the people of zimbabwe .. and definitely not through the voice of tsvangirai wish now sound more like a broken record. zimbabwe deserves a new leadership

  5. truth be told August 31, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    marebels anotopenga

  6. solo September 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    indeed they are rebels. rebelling from realities into politics of fallacy and confusion. they are doomed.

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