Tsvangirai rescues Chamisa


Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has rescued his former organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, and has appointed him to the national executive committee where he is secretary for policy coordination.

Chamisa was reduced to an ordinary member at the party congress in October when he failed to secure the watered-down post of secretary-general which was won by Douglas Mwonzora.

Chamisa was among the 15 national executive members nominated by Tsvangirai. The 15 include Elias Mudzuri, Eddie Cross, Jameson Timba and Job Sikhala who rejoined the party recently after forming a splinter MDC 99.


Full MDC statement:

Saturday, 13 December 2014

 Statement to Press

The MDC national council met in Harare to discuss all outstanding business of the party’s 4th Congress held in Harare from the 29th October to November 1, 2014. The council, sitting as Congress in line with the party constitution, endorsed the Congress resolutions and finalized the constitution of party organs.

The President announced the names of 15 people he is mandated to nominate into the national executive.

The 15 are:

  1. Mr Gideon Shoko
  2. Hon Sibusisiwe Masara
  3. Hon Sithembile Mhlotshwa
  4. Hon Eddie Cross
  5. Hon Sesil Zvidzai
  6. Ms Memory Mbondia
  7. Hon Murisi Zvizvai
  8. Hon Nelson Chamisa
  9. Hon Elias Mudzuri
  10. Mr Clifford Hlatshwayo
  11. Mr Jameson Timba
  12. Mr Webba Chinyadza
  13. Mr Job Sikhala
  14. Ben Chiondengwa
  15. Mr Denis Mudzingwa

Ten of the party’s 12 provinces nominated three people each into the national executive and the following people were deployed by the provinces into the executive:

1.Manicaland Province

Mr Giles Mutsekwa, Mr Valentine Tinodyanawo Ziswa, Hon Fanny Chirisa

2.Harare Province

Mr Morgan Femai, Hon Costa Machingauta, Ms Revai Muguti

3.Chitungwiza Province

Senator James Makore, Mr F. G Mhashu

4.Masvingo Province

Mr Takanai Mureyi, Mr Misheck Marava, Mrs Muchirairwa Mugididho

5.Mashonaland East Province

Mr Masimba Ruzvidzo, Mr Tapfumaneyi Muzoda, Mrs Tracey Mutinhiri

6.Mashonaland West

Mr Silas Matamisa, Mr John Houghton, Hon C. Chinanzvavana

7.Midlands South

Hon Amos Chibaya, Hon Emma Muzondiwa, Hon Lilian Timveous

8.Bulawayo Province

Hon Agnes Mloyi, Mr Mpungwana, Hon Spiwe Banda

9.Matebeleland North Province

Mr Aggrippa Sithole, Hon Joel Gabhuza, Ms Sibongile Bhebhe

10.Matebeleland South

Mr Bheki Sibanda, Ms Sipho Dubvane

The following portfolio secretaries were also appointed by the President in line with the party Constitution:

  1. Secretary for Economic Affairs – Webba Chinyadza
  2. Secretary for National Security – Giles Mutsekwa
  3. Secretary for Local Government – Eddie Cross
  4. Secretary for Education Sports & Arts Culture – Fidelis Mhashu
  5. Secretary for Labour and Social Security – Gideon Shoko
  6. Secretary for Health and Child Welfare – Dr Henry Madzorera
  7. Secretary for Agriculture Lands & Water Development – Valentine Ziswa
  8. Secretary for Justice Legal & Constitutional & Parliamentary Affairs – Jessie Manjome
  9. Secretary for ICT Science & Technology Development – Khaliphani Phugeni
  10. Secretary for Elections – Murisi Zvizvai
  11. Secretary for Industry Commerce & Trade – Jameson Timba
  12. Secretary for International Cooperation – Elias Mudzuri
  13. Secretary for National Healing, Reconciliation & Integration – Concilia Chinanzvavana
  14. Secretary for Transport and Logistics – Beki Sibanda
  15. Secretary for Domestic (Home) Affairs – Lillian Acropol
  16. Secretary for Party Business Investment & Projects – Bernard Chiondegwa
  17. Secretary for Tourism, National Resource and Environment – Sithembile Mhlotshwa
  18. Secretary for Mines & Mineral Development – Joel Gabhuza
  19. Secretary for People with Disabilities & Special Needs – Denis Mudzingwa
  20. Secretary for Presidential Affairs – Sessel Zvidzai
  21. Secretary for Policy Coordination – Nelson Chamisa


  1. National Security –   Hon Gift Chimanikire
  2. Economic Affairs –  Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada
  3. Health –  Hon. Dr Ruth Labode
  4. Elections –  Hon. Murisi Zvizvai
  5. Gender –   Hon. Spiwe Muchenje – Banda
  6. Legal Issues –  Hon. Jessie Majome
  7. Science and ICT – Hon. Nelson Chamisa
  8. Youth –   Hon. Costa Machingauta
  9. Transport – Hon. Elias Mudzuri
  10. Labour and Social Security – Hon. Pauline Mpariwa

The party’s organs are now fully constituted and the party is ready to execute its historical mandate to bring change and democracy in the country.

Council noted the crisis facing the people of Zimbabwe and reaffirmed that the crisis stems from the crisis of legitimacy arising from the stolen election of July, 2013. With a fractured party in government whose top priority is an unending circus of succession battles, the plight of the ordinary Zimbabwean will worsen with Zanu PF in the seat of government. There is no respite for ordinary Zimbabweans if the crisis of legitimacy, which is at the centre of the national challenges, is not immediately addressed.

Only a fresh election, council noted, will put in place a legitimate government able to transact the affairs of the State and to bring back lost confidence in the economy.

With a successful congress now behind us, the party is now concentrating on uniting the people, stabilizing the party and putting in place strategies to ensure that we win the next election.

We are definitely poised to win the next election, whenever they are going to be held.

I thank you


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