Kay says Tsvangirai comments taken out of context

Ian Kay, the former MDC-T MP for Marondera, has said his comments suggesting that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai should step down were taken out of context.


As a result of the comments, the MDC-T on Tuesday informally suspended Kay, pending a full a disciplinary hearing in Harare. Kay told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that it was not in his interest to discuss the matter but stressed the whole issue needs some explanation.

‘It will be sorted out. It’s going to be okay, it just needs some explanation,’ the former legislator said, adding that some of what he said was correctly reported and some of it was wrongly interpreted.

Kay reportedly told the media that the MDC-T was like a ‘soccer team’ and ‘if the coach continues losing, there is need for the technical board to sit down and deal with the issue.’

He continued: ‘There is need to plan ahead before the ship sinks and if there is need to change the coach, then let it be. Or should I say it is like a rusty bolt? There is need for it to be removed and replaced with a new one rather than leave it like that.’

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday told journalists in Harare that Kay is not being punished for what he said but for ignoring the party rules on discussing internal party issues with outsiders.

Tsvangirai has vowed that he would step down only if voted out at congress in 2016. Mwonzora reiterated that the discussion on the leadership renewal was not a crime within the MDC-T. He said the party has allowed its members to debate the issue only within their structures and not with the media and people in opposition to the party.

‘What is not permissible is to ignore the platforms and discuss internal issues outside our structures, without exhausting all the channels. So to people like Kay, the mayors and councilors, we are going to give them an opportunity to explain themselves. This is unlike ZANU PF which just fires its members without subjecting them to a disciplinary hearing,’ Mwonzora said. – SW Radio Africa News

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