Tsvangirai, Mangoma end feud

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T, which caused the recall of the 21 MDC-Renewal legislators, will not be participating in the by-elections, citing an uneven electoral field favouring the ruling Zanu PF.

THE feud between MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the party’s deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma was resolved on Sunday after the two met privately at the former premier’s Highlands residence.


Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the development yesterday, but declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.

A public spat broke out last week after a private letter Mangoma wrote to the party leader advising him to step down was leaked to the media.

“Yesterday (Sunday), he (Tsvangirai) was with Mangoma and to him it is not criminal in the MDC-T to speak out one’s opinion,” said Tamborinyoka.

MDC-T is supposed to hold its elective congress in 2016, but Tamborinyoka said if the party organs agree, it could be moved closer.

“He laughed off perceptions created by the media that he is not prepared to face the people and that there was the $7 million-dollar call for him to step down,” he said.

“There is no price for the suffering the people of Zimbabwe went through. The proper forum to elect a new team is a congress and he is ready to face the people anytime,” Tamborinyoka said.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai yesterday met diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe for a regular briefing.

“He met diplomats from Africa and the West separately and briefed them on the national crisis affecting the country,” Tamborinyoka said.

“He told them of the need for a broad meeting of dialogue, not the lite pact of political leadership, but the one that includes civic society, students and many others.”

He said Tsvangirai gave the diplomats the seven-point plan to legitimacy that will lead to elections.

“He spoke of internal democracy in the party and the ongoing robust debate saying it was a sign of a democratic party practicing democracy,” he said.

“He also spoke of the possibility of an early elective congress depending on the debate and reccomendations of the party organs.”

Tsvangirai told African diplomats that Sadc and the African Union were critical players to stop the crisis in Zimbabwe.