Breaking News

Primaries continue to haunt MDC-T

by Staff reporter
24 January 2013 | 3415 Views
LOOMING internal elections to choose candidates to represent the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in this year's polls continue to haunt the party with analysts warning the party could disintegrate if this process is not handled tactfully.

Fears abound within the labour-backed party that the poor handling of the divisive primary polls could worsen fissures within the faction-riddled MDC-T ahead of harmonised polls later this year.

The party's Young Turks, particularly the leadership of the MDC-T Youth Assembly, is demanding at least 30 percent of the contested parliamentary seats, putting immense pressure on some incumbents.

Although the party's constitution stipulates that a sitting Member of Parliament requires two-thirds confirmation from party members in his or her constituency to avoid a primary election, insiders believe this should be waived to allow leadership renewal in the 13-year old party.

The MDC-T has argued that by sticking to its constitutional provision, the MDC-T was seeking to retain experienced legislators in the hope that their experience would be useful in the party's performance should it win forthcoming elections.

But such an assumption does not objectively audit the overall quality of leadership in light of the challenges ahead.

There is a strong feeling among some party faithful that PM Tsvangirai is insisting on applying the party's constitution to shield his inner circle from being challenged by other ordinary members miffed by the poor performance of some sitting legislators.

Applications from eligible party cadres interested in contesting the primaries opened last week and close on January 31, 2013.

Douglas Mwonzora, the party's spokespe-rson, said the internal polls were scheduled for this month-end or beginning of February.

"The organising department is dealing with the actual voters' roll for party members that will constitute what we otherwise refer to as the electoral college. This process should be completed by the end of the month. Thereafter primaries must be held," he said.

Mwonzora said his party had been inundated by applications from within and outside Zimbabwe wanting to participate in the internal polls, adding, "I can tell you the competition is very stiff."

The Young Turks in the MDC-T, including youth leader Solomon Madzore, have expressed a keen interest in contesting in constituencies presently held by sitting MPs, among them ministers.

Madzore is said to be eyeing Dzivara-sekwa constituency presently held by Heneri Dzinotiweyi, the MDC-T Minister of Science and Technology.

Other top politicians close to PM Tsvangirai facing stiff challenge from within include Ian and Theresa Makone, a couple long touted as members of the premier's kitchen cabinet. Ian is Tsvangirai's former chief of staff. He is currently the secretary in charge of government affairs in the PM's Office and is eyeing a seat in his home area of Do-mboshawa while his wife Theresa, the legislator for Hatcliffe, is the co-Minister of Home Affairs.

Aggrieved politicians want the Makones out of the way, with some within the MDC-T accusing them of being complicity in Tsvangirai's scandalous love and marriage life following the death of the MDC-T leader's first wife Susan.

Youths want Theresa out of Hatcliffe.

Other members of the MDC-T top brass seen as likely beneficiaries of Tsvangirai's insistence on adhering to the party's constitution include his combative secretary general Tendai Biti said to be unpopular with some party officials and supporters; his deputy Thokozani Khupe; national executive member and Masvingo Urban legislator Tongai Matutu; Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Gift Chimanikire and national executive member Evelyn Masaiti, among others.

Chimanikire is facing a sterner challenge for his Southerton seat from Emmanuel Chimwanda, an MDC-T appointee in the Anti-Corruption Commission and a former police commissioner.

Insiders said this week it would be "a travesty of democracy" to shield incumbents from primaries, arguing that if the party wants to uphold its democratic ethos, then every bona fide member should stand a chance to challenge for any position.

Mwonzora said claims that the primaries would create further divisions due to the alleged protection of incumbents from other aspirants were misplaced.

"As a matter of fact, we are very happy and encouraged by this huge show of interest from people of all walks of life as it shows that Zimbabweans view the MDC-T as the party for the future, a party on the verge of making history. These people want to be part of making of history," he said.

Mwonzora also disputed claims that Tsvangirai intended ring-fencing his inner circle as part of his political machinations to continue at the helm of the MDC-T.

He said the MDC-T leader was "too democratic to tinker with the principles of the party and the constitution."

"The issue of confirmation of sitting legislators by their respective constituencies is not a provision designed by president Tsvangirai. It was designed by the party as early as 2000. It is not a new thing. President Morgan Tsvangirai is not interested in protecting anyone. He wants people to choose their own leadership. The confirmation is done by the people at grassroots," he said.

While those close to PM Tsvangirai say he should be applauded for playing by the rule book, critics strongly believe that he should find common ground to avoid splitting the party through the middle.




Indeed, the MDC-T's current mechanism for selecting candidates for elections for both local government councils and national parliament has left a sour taste in  the mouth for the majority of its members.

Tapera Kapuya, a political analyst, said one would expect the MDC-T to have developed a carefully designed system that draws more on qualified persons to represent the party while balancing the need for members to directly select representatives from an open pool.

MDC-T

Source: fingaz

Will Grace succeed Robert Mugabe?

Yes
16.67%
No
81.67%
Not sure
1.67%
60

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Govt considers shutting down non-performing parastatals

by Staff Reporter | 29 July 2014 | 541 Views

Egodini shopping complex: $60 million deal to be finalised

by Patrick Chitumba | 29 July 2014 | 546 Views

Baba Jukwa saga: Cops urge officials to co-operate

by Staff Reporter | 29 July 2014 | 673 Views

'Sodomy' councillor acquitted

by Staff Reporter | 29 July 2014 | 395 Views

Ex-ZBC boss' application dismissed

by Staff Reporeter | 29 July 2014 | 368 Views

Energy Mutodi duped senior govt official

by Court Reporter | 29 July 2014 | 350 Views

Ministry of Tourism quizzed - The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality ...

by Farirai Machivenyika | 29 July 2014 | 295 Views

Crashed Air Algerie pilots asked to turn back - Paris - France said on...

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 1824 Views

Nigeria shuts down, quarantines Lagos Ebola hospital - Lagos - The Nig...

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 1055 Views

'Anti-Corruption Commission will remain' - The Ministry of Home Affair...

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 721 Views

Over 400 laws in need of re-aligning with the new constitution - The M...

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 668 Views

Mugabe meets FRELIMO presidential hopeful

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 1715 Views

Masvingo-Beitbridge highway accident death toll up to 16

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 2831 Views

Nearly robbed 20km out of Harare - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 28 July 2014 | 2223 Views

City council vehicle runs over baby - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizen | 28 July 2014 | 1444 Views

Obert Mpofu denies asking for bribe - The Minister of Transport and I...

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 2320 Views

Rioting residents burn down council vehicle (photos)

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 3266 Views

SA Police launch operation to flush out illegal immigrants - Cape Town...

by Thabo Kunene | 28 July 2014 | 6792 Views

BAT Zimbabwe unit declares 100% dividend - BAT Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe ...

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 1116 Views

Police roadblocks driven by Cash than Purpose - Police roadblocks whic...

by Suitable Kajau | 28 July 2014 | 1958 Views

Mbeki roped into Mugabe succession?

by Nancy Mabaya | 28 July 2014 | 5552 Views

15 die in Kombi crash along Masvingo-Beitbridge highway - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Citizens | 28 July 2014 | 5410 Views

Marvo Stationery workers continue to suffer - Editor,Marvo Stationery ...

by Concerned Marvo Workers | 28 July 2014 | 1462 Views

'Zanu-PF's relationship with China should be investigated'

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 2637 Views

'Popularity is different from power,' says Tsvangirai

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 3347 Views

Zapu seek correction of war 'distortions' - A clique of former liberat...

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 2210 Views

Mujuru skips Grace Mugabe birthday bash

by Staff Reporter | 28 July 2014 | 5313 Views

Trouble in paradise: Beyonce, Jay Z barely talking, claim

by Agencies | 28 July 2014 | 2686 Views

Tsvangirai's ex-general joins MDC Renewal

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 3698 Views

'Tsvangirai trying to return to government via dubious means'

by Staff reporter | 28 July 2014 | 2346 Views

Entertainment

Gospel singer wants prostitution to be legalised - Controversial gospe...

by Staff reporter | 27 July 2014 | 2989 Views

Zimbabwean boy revels in Soul Brothers music

by Lovemore Dube | 26 July 2014 | 6271 Views

Carl Joshua Ncube to tour with brand new material - The brand new stan...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 919 Views

Macheso gears up for UK tours - In an apparent joint preparation for t...

by Entertainment reporters | 23 July 2014 | 1796 Views

DJ Munya is back - After a two-year hiatus, DJ Munya - real name Munya...

by Entertainment Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 3355 Views

White guy plays chitekete - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp16XF-Tcf...

by Staff Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 5163 Views

Beyonce and Jay Z to separate - claims - Jay Z and Beyonce are reporte...

by Staff reporter | 22 July 2014 | 4241 Views