Tsvangirai warms up to former foes

MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday readmitted into the party fold former political rebels as he acknowledged that there was need for unity in the fight for political change.

MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai
MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai

On Wednesday, Tsvangirai welcomed back estranged former Chegutu mayor, Francis Dhlakama who had left the party following sharp differences with the party leadership.

Dhlakama was welcomed back into the party at a press conference at Harvest House where two other returnees, Biggie Haurobi, a former Chegutu councilor and Joshua Hondoma.

A disgruntled former Zapu member, Lloyd Masarirambi, also defected to MDC-T at the same occasion.

Tsvangirai admitted that there was need to revisit reasons of splits within the party.

Dhlakama was one of the first executive mayors elected on an MDC ticket.

“We have had disagreements in some provinces but I would like to announce here that we have had fruitful deliberations with these colleagues from Mashonaland West.

"These are founding members of the party and instead of continuing to part ways we should be finding each other and working together to bring the change that we have promised to Zimbabweans,” said Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai admitted squabbles in the party have caused splits. He parted ways with his ex-secretary general, Tendai Biti, early last year.

Biti led away influential members who subsequently formed the MDC Renewal Team, saying they were frustrated by Tsvangirai’s leadership.

“We will never strengthen the party through pulling in different directions. If you trace the democratic struggle you will find that some people were forced out of the party, some frustrated while others were spirited out.

"But we are now all sobering and converging around the same issues and agreeing that we need each other more than ever. The grievances these colleagues have told us we will continue to look into with a view to addressing them,” said Tsvangirai.

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