I'm not clinging to power, says Tsvangirai

2014-05-02 11:05
Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe, addresses people who gathered during Workers Day Celebrations at Gwanzura stadium in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe, addresses people who gathered during Workers Day Celebrations at Gwanzura stadium in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has reportedly quashed accusations that he wants to cling to power, saying he is only against "clandestine" moves by party rebels to oust him.

Tsvangirai's remarks come following recent efforts by a faction led by MDC’s secretary general Tendai Biti to suspend him for violence and violating the party's constitution.

The splinter group claimed Tsvangirai had violated the MDC's constitution by expelling deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma, who had called for his resignation.

The group also suspended Tsvangirai's deputy Thokozani Khupe, chairperson Lovemore Moyo and four other senior party officials.

But Tsvangirai and his loyalists hit back and expelled Biti and his followers from the party.

According to the Southern Eye, in a Worker's Day message, Tsvangirai said he did not intend to remain at the helm of the party but aimed at passing the baton to a new generation through a democratic process.

Danger of civil unrest

Reports say in the face of the chaos currently rocking the party, the MDC had moved its elective congress from 2016 to October this year. All senior MDC posts would be up for grabs, including that of the presidency.

Meanwhile, a Daily News report said Biti and the other rebels who were booted out of the MDC had refused to go, describing the expulsion as null and void.

Biti's faction claimed it would drag Tsvangirai and other suspended party leaders to a tribunal where they would be charged.

Earlier this week, Biti reportedly declared he was the only person now in legal control of the party, claiming his faction remained superior.

A New Zimbabwe.com report on Friday quoted political analyst Ibbo Mandaza as saying Zimbabweans were worried about the collapse of the MDC as it had become an important social and political institution in the country.

Mandaza, who is also a prominent academic in Zimbabwe, warned the country was in danger of civil unrest and called on Tsvangirai and his rivals to resolve their differences for the good of the nation.
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