Form your own political party, Tsvangirai tells "rebels"

MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told thousands of his supporters at a rally in Gweru that he would not step down from his position to pave way for leadership renewal as suggested by some of his top party officials now popularly known as the "MDC Team".

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

Instead, he said, the "rebels" must form their own party, despite recently announcing that he had made up with those calling for leadership renewal and describing his party as tolerant to divergent views.

Some of the MDC-T officials who have openly called upon Tsvangirai to step down include exiled Treasurer General Roy Bennet, his deputy Elton Mangoma, former Marondera Central MP Ian Kay and Elias Mudzuri who was once Organising Secretary of the party.

The MDC-T Secretary General, Tendai Biti has not openly made such statements but he is understood to be leading the pack wishing to see the back of Tsvangirai.

All of these officials including youth leader Solomon Madzore and his Secretary General Promise Mkwananzi boycotted the rally.

"There are officials in the party who have been telling me to go back to the values of MDC-T and consider stepping down because I have been defeated by Zanu (PF) and Robert Mugabe five times.

"What I want to tell them today is that I will not step down. If they wish, they can go and form their own political party. I cannot be made to follow some values which those people do not know themselves because they were not there when MDC-T was formed," said Tsvangirai.

Turning to the national economic crisis bedevilling Zimbabwe, Tsvangirai said Zanu (PF) should swallow its pride and invite him to the negotiating table.

"Zanu (PF) has no solution to this economic crisis. They should simply accept that fact and invite me for negotiations because as MDC-T, we are the ones who made things better after joining an inclusive government in 2009.

"Reversing this economic problem will not take a long time at all if we are involved," said the ex PM.

He however dismissed possibilities of him accepting another government of national unity again.

"If we are to go for negotiations, I will just say that we should go for another round of elections because that is where the problem started last year when they (Zanu PF) stole the elections.

"There is need to boost confidence of investors and anyone willing to pour their funds into our economy and that can only happen if the world becomes sure that there are free, transparent and fair elections," said Tsvangirai.

His party is accusing Zanu (PF) of rigging the July 31 elections of 2013.

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