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Stop abusing my name: Tsvangirai


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he has no preferred candidate for any of the party posts as jostling for positions reaches a crescendo two days before the party’s elective congress.


The former prime minister claimed there were some candidates who were unnecessarily invoking his name in the hope they would win some posts.

“I am seeing my name being unnecessarily invoked, with some candidates claiming that I prefer them to others,” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday.

“The truth is that my personal position in a democratic process is immaterial as what matters is the voice and opinion of the people.”

The MDC-T holds its elective congress shadowed by a split in the opposition party, with former senior members forming MDC-Renewal.

Factional fights in the ruling Zanu PF have also hogged the limelight, with the MDC-T’s congress seemingly taking a backseat in media coverage.

Despite Tsvangirai claiming not to have a favoured candidate, there are reports that he seemed to be siding with MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora ahead of organising secretary Nelson Chamisa for the secretary-general position. Tsvangirai said those who were claiming to be his favoured candidates were only pretending to be democrats.

“I have realised that there are people who chant about democracy when they are not democrats themselves,” he said.

“Let the people speak at this congress, it is the people, not Morgan Tsvangirai, who will ultimately decide who wins at our congress.

“Let no one abuse my name.”

Ironically, Tsvangirai has been accused of rigging provincial congress, with claims he personally accredited delegates in Bulawayo and Manicaland.

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