Divisions Rock Zimbabwe Main Opposition Party as Elections Loom

Zimbabwe Main Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Addresses Supporters (File Photo).

The Movement for democratic change led by the ailing Morgan Tsvangirai is in disarray over leadership positions ahead of crucial elections against a resurgent Zanu-PF.

With three Vice Presidents vying to take over in the event Morgan Tsvangirai fails to recover in time or steps down, the opposition party is headed for worst times. A possible split can not be ruled out basing on the political discord the party is generating.

The MDC-T feud took several twists and turns which exposed a deep-seated leadership crisis. Tsvangirai’s two deputies, Eng Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa, openly fought to lead the party with party issuing contradicting press statements.

Tsvangirai’s family appeared on SABC confirming that Engineer Elias Mudzuri met the ailing leader in South Africa, throwing Nelson Chamisa under the bus in the party’s succession conundrum.

The family set the record straight, acknowledging that Eng Mudzuri was still the acting president as if it has assumed the role of the party’s mouthpiece.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka has been releasing statements claiming that his boss had appointed Chamisa as acting president of the party.

Meanwhile, the radical MDC-T youth group calling itself “the Vanguard” has warned Elias Mudzuri not to set foot at Harvest House. The group held a night vigil & said “it is our duty to protect and secure President Morgan Tsvangirai legacy,” according to ZimMediaReview.

National People’s Party spokesperson and political commentator, Methuseli Moyo, posted on Facebook saying,”None other than Morgan Tsvangirai himself is to blame for the circus in the MDC-T. He created it by appointing a clan of VPs, on top of an elected one.”

With elections just months away, the opposition party should come clear on who leads it if it is to avoid a disastrous encounter against Emmerson Mnangagwa and Joice Mujuru.