Tsvangirai’s big tent stinks- Welshman Ncube


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Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change which has been losing members to the main faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai, says Tsvangirai is not the right person to lead a united opposition against President Robert Mugabe because he is undemocratic and has dictatorial tendencies. “You cannot invite people to a big tent. It doesn’t matter how big it is if it is a rotten tent. As long as it is a tent which stinks to high heaven with dictatorship, violence, violation of everything that we stood for against Mugabe, it can be as big as you want it, it can contain millions of people, it’s not worth the numbers that it has. I have absolutely no respect and I am absolutely not impressed by the big tent politics which has no conception of what the struggle against Mugabe is,” Ncube said. Ncube was the first secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change but led a faction that broke away in 2005 after Tsvangirai refused to go with a decision by the national executive to participate in the Senate elections of that year. Efforts to reconcile the two since have failed.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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