Tsvangirai, Mangoma showdown today


A SHOWDOWN is looming today in the MDC-T as the party’s national executive meets to deliberate on issues affecting the party including the fight between party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and treasurer-general Elton Mangoma.


The national executive is currently divided between those supporting Mangoma’s views contained in a letter addressed to Tsvangirai urging him to consider stepping down and those fighting in MDC-T leader’s corner.

The meeting will be the first between Tsvangirai, Mangoma and the national executive members aligned to both camps since the eruption of a war of words between the two camps.

Mangoma hinted to our sister paper NewsDay on Wednesday that it would be a no-holds-barred meeting.

“We just have to see what will happen on Friday (when the party leadership meets),” he said.

Eddie Cross, also a national executive member, said Mangoma’s point of view would be discussed “On Friday as the national executive, we will consider Mangoma’s point of view and we will consider what we should do about planning the way forward,” he said.

In today’s meeting, Mangoma is likely to face Chalton Hwende, who has been blasting him on social networks.

Hwende, a national executive member in charge of Mashonaland West province and a Tsvangirai loyalist, told an international radio station that Mangoma should bring his position paper to the meeting.

He said the former Energy minister should put his proposals for leadership renewal up for a vote.

“If it finds no takers, he should drop his proposals,” Hwende was quoted as saying. He vowed that Mangoma would not win.

There has been renewed pressure on Tsvangirai to call for an early congress and allow the structures to come up with a new line-up.

Those pushing for his ouster say his marital problems and sex scandals have harmed MDC-T’s image and would be costly if the party retains him as the leader in the 2018 elections.