Breaking News

Tsvangirai resigns as MDC-T leader

by Godlwayo Mahlabayithwale Filabusi
01 April 2014 | 30260 Views
Zimbabwe opposition leader and MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai has quit as party president and also retired from active politics with immediate effect. In a surprise move announced late last night to a handful of media outlets that had to scramble journalists at the 11th hour for the surprise announcement,

Tsvangirai said he had done his part and now wanted to enjoy a peaceful and quiet life having been part of the struggle to bring democracy to Zimbabwe in a political career spanning 26 years of which 15 years of the years he was the founding and party President of the MDC.

The move by Tsvangirai will surely send shock waves not only in his MDC party but also across the continent and the world. The major surprise being the timing of the announcement and on face value whether Tsvangirai is indeed genuine in his "resignation and retirement". Tsvangirai had become the face fighting misrule, corruption and state plundering in Zimbabwe to the extent he was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and 2010.

His announcement last night will surely become a talking point for the next few months if not years for party supporters who might be wondering what has made him make that hasty decision.

An emotional Tsvangirai who at times appeared close to tears, told reporters called in hastily arranged press conference at his Mount Pleasant home last night that it was time for the MDC to have a new leader who can reinvigorate the party and take it to what he termed the "final push phase" to dislodge President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF so that Zimbabwe can liberated once and for all.

"I've thought long and hard about this decision but I feel, I have done my part and the MDC needs someone young ,vibrant , energetic and fresh to breathe new ideas into the party and take it to the next level. Yes I might be retiring but I will always be there to offer advice and guidance to the party. The MDC is part of my life and I will remain a loyal party member".

"I bear scars of the struggle, I nearly died in the fight to bring change to Zimbabwe, I lost my first wife along the way, I have been imprisoned, beaten, harassed and my life has always been in danger, but I leave the political scene with my held high. I have won 3 presidential elections in my 15 years as MDC leader. I did not become Zimbabwe's president because I don't control the Army, the Police and Judiciary. Whilst I had the votes, regrettably some decided to use state institutions to cling to power. I leave with no bitterness because victory is God's and surely it will come. I have no obsession to be President of the country like others, that is why I feel, a new broom can still take the country to the Promised Land"

Asked on whether he was quitting because there was is a growing chorus of him to step down from other influential party members and that he had was realised he doesn't have the support of the full executive Tsvangirai differed. " Well what I have done is democratic, I feel have run my marathon and I am passing the button, on one hand you called me undemocratic for not tolerating divergent views , on the other hand when I tender my resignation to pave way for a new leader, you now question my sincerity. I am not like Mugabe who won't let this country have peace and keeps it firmly in his grip like his handkerchief", lambasted Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai made the announcement flanked by party officials Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe and Lovemore Moyo. It is understood the trio spent the better part of yesterday trying to persuade him to change his mind. Sources say Tsvangirai made the dramatic decision on Sunday shortly after returning from a rally in Zhombe.

Asked on who he wanted to succeed him, Tsvangirai said he will leave that to the party and its supporters. "We have a constitution and I leave the party in very credible hands of hardworking cadres who will follow that constitution and choose their own leader as they wish. I have no doubt the MDC has quality candidates to fulfil the role and take Zanu PF to the cleaners"

There was speculation last night Tsvangirai might have been bribed by Zanu PF to finally collapse the MDC as he is regarded by many as the epicentre of the party. Sources who refused to be named citing the need to "wait and see developments" claimed they see no reason why Tsvangirai can all of a sudden quit his party when the country was in the melting pot, worse amid indications he was likely to win the next elections in 2018 given the disharmony and fissures in the ruling party Zanu PF party and its leader President Robert Mugabe's advanced age. There were rumours shortly after the elections of last year that Mugabe offered Tsvangirai the post of Vice President which Tsvangirai refused to take.

Sources say Tsvangirai might have reconsidered his options and was now willing to take the post after reaching a secret deal with Mugabe given the party was being dumped by donors and Western countries.




MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti who has been at loggerheads with Tsvangirai recently over the direction of the party together with another high ranking official Elton Mangoma could not be reached for comment. Information minister and Zanu PF politburo member, Professor Jonathan Moyo mocked the move by Tsvangirai saying he had run out of ideas and it is refreshing to see he has finally woken up to reality. "Well at least he has realised he was out of depth in terms of the political wisdom and acumen to become President of this country, instead of retiring from politics as he had just said, he also needs a rope to tie himself, as Zanu PF we say good riddance, this man brought nothing but misery to the country after advocating for sanctions on this peaceful, beautiful nation. We hope he has not only retired from politics but also repented to God" quipped minister Moyo.

Remember 1 April, you have been fooled. April fools day


Tsvangirai


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: Godlwayo Mahlabayithwale Filabusi

Is Itai Dzamara eyeing the US Green Card?

Yes
19.45%
No
74.81%
Not sure
5.74%
401

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Zanu-PF officials grab large tracts of land in Beitbridge

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 1117 Views

Zimbabweans flock to South Africa despite xenophobic attacks - While ...

by Anadolu Agency | 25 April 2015 | 1200 Views

'Bulawayo was already occupied when Mzilikazi and his regiment occupie...

by Concerned Citizen | 25 April 2015 | 1483 Views

Tsvangirai loves it in the opposition - Isn't life easy for opposition...

by Shingirai Huni | 25 April 2015 | 633 Views

Savage attack of MDC-T MP condemned - Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), an NG...

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2015 | 517 Views

Racism at Zimbabwe Passport Office - EDITOR,I am writing this letter t...

by Lorraine Randall | 25 April 2015 | 1340 Views

Shot Zimbabwean woman not xenophobia victim - South African police hav...

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2015 | 873 Views

EU court verdict racist - SO the European Union's General Court has th...

by Perspective Stephen Mpofu | 25 April 2015 | 478 Views

Daughter wakes up to find dad on top of her - A 53 year old man from ...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 1642 Views

Chombo, Kasukuwere clash - ZANU-PF secretary for administration Ignati...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 1081 Views

Zanu-PF youth leader's home petrol bombed - A HOUSE in Budiriro belong...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 920 Views

When Tsvangirai's bedroom breaks down - I am intrigued by Tsvangirai's...

by Nathaniel Manheru | 25 April 2015 | 1053 Views

Court session turns bloody - HEADMAN Isaac Nyamana's traditional court...

by Abel Zhakata | 25 April 2015 | 859 Views

Khupe to boycott Tsvangirai rally after threats to humiliate her - MD...

by Nduduzo Tshuma | 25 April 2015 | 698 Views

Man clobbers girlfriend for bewitching him by making his manhood usele...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 25 April 2015 | 671 Views

Woman bashed for chatting with ex-hubby - A BULAWAYO man allegedly bat...

by Nokusa Masuku | 25 April 2015 | 869 Views

Nail-cutter circumcision dad back in court - A MUTASA man who was last...

by Tinashe Hazvide | 25 April 2015 | 381 Views

RBZ boss calls for an immediate further reduction in prices - Reserve ...

by Farirai Machivenyika | 25 April 2015 | 521 Views

Kombi drivers fight over woman - HAVING endured incessant assaults and...

by Caroline Chaparadza | 25 April 2015 | 802 Views

Zanu-PF embarks on a massive voter registration exercise - ZANU-PF has...

by Nduduzo Tshuma | 25 April 2015 | 384 Views

$200 fine for raping minor - PROPOSING love and sleeping with a teena...

by Mercy Ngwebvu | 25 April 2015 | 577 Views

Powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal - An earthquake measuring...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 469 Views

Sex starved Injiva's wife impregnated by neighbour - A cheating woma...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 25 April 2015 | 1598 Views

South Africans demonstrate how they kill foreigners - Video - South ...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 1561 Views

Minor raped by stepfather, hired out as prostitute - A MINOR was alle...

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 1004 Views

Mbokodo suspends operations due to foot-and-mouth outbreak forces

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2015 | 945 Views

Entertainment

Cassper Nyovest's show not for free - SOUTH African, rapper Cassper Ny...

by Tafadzwa Zimoyo | 23 April 2015 | 2359 Views

Charambas cancel SA tour due to xenophobia - Celebrated gospel artiste...

by Staff reporter | 23 April 2015 | 1547 Views

DJ Sbu's MoFaya hits Bulawayo - Controversial South African TV and ra...

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2015 | 6222 Views

'Miss World racist,' says Chiwenga - Zimbabwe's representatives at wor...

by Melissa Mpofu | 20 April 2015 | 3626 Views

Zimbabwe music star conducts music workshops in Malawi

by Stephen Jakes | 19 April 2015 | 2746 Views

Freddy Gwala eager to speak Shona

by Thobekile Zhou | 19 April 2015 | 5226 Views

Lady Bee Marukazi (Official video)

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2015 | 6933 Views
iBlog

Auslogics Boostspeed 7 - More Powerful And User-friendly Than Ever

Auslogics boostspeed 7 - more powerful and user-friendly than ever!wondering how to fix slow computer performance? experts recommend auslogics boostspeed 7 - the most comprehensive system optimization software! auslogics boostspeed 7 is here!the bran... Read More
ITnews 26 August 2014 ago

Rules Or Relationship

The dog does not need a lead to go for a walk. its owner can just speak a word and the dog responds. now, we are not comparing ourselves to dogs, we are comparing performance-based christian living to relationship-based christian living. big, big ... Read More
LindaDiokpa 30 December 2014 ago