Tsvangirai says MDC is not broke but….


Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai today said that the party will “never go broke” but at the same time added that “we will gather the little that we have so that our party can survive.” In a clear sign that everything was not well within the party which suspended its deputy-treasurer general Elton Mangoma on Friday, Tsvangirai said the party might have to go to its supporters to bail it out like it did in 2006 when it held its second congress. Addressing a rally at Mabvuku, Tsvangirai said: “Our people sold their goats and chickens and the congress took place.” Ironically the 2006 congress was held to elect a new leadership after the party split with the secretary-general Welshman Ncube, the treasurer Fletcher Dulini-Ncube and vice-president Gibson Sibanda leaving the party because Tsvangirai had defied a decision by the national executive to participate in the 2005 Senate elections. The party is almost in a similar situation. It has not split yet but secretary-general Tendai Biti has distanced himself from the suspension of Mangoma saying it was unconstitutional. Mangoma and the chief fund-raiser Roy Bennett have both said Tsvangirai must step down to save the party. Tsvangirai has responded that those who do not want to work with him must leave.


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Charles Rukuni
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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