Pressure is mounting on Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) president Morgan Tsvangirai to fire the party’s policy chief Nelson Chamisa amid claims that he plans to upstage the party leader before the next election set for 2018.
Sources told Now Daily that Tsvangirai’s relationship with his former blue-eyed boy had deteriorated considerably since the last party congress in 2014 when Chamisa lost his bid for the secretary-general post which was snapped up by dark horse Douglas Mwonzora.
Chamisa’s vocal supporters have publicly accused Tsvangirai of undermining the youthful Kuwadzana MP’s career after a leaked United States diplomatic cable quoted him saying the party leader was ‘weak’. The cable quoted diplomats who stated after meeting him that he was presidential material, while Tsvangirai was described as ‘indecisive’. The diplomats, led by former ambassador Tom McDonald said Tsvangirai did not follow advice and would need a lot of ‘hand-holding’ if he became president, creating problems similar to those encountered by the US in Poland when another trade unionist, Lech Walesa, became president.
This week, Chamisa seemed to confirm his own fears about expulsion when he urged parliament to amend the law which says people expelled from the parties which sponsored their election campaigns can no longer be MPs.
Moving a notice of motion, Chamisa said: “I am raising this Hon. Speaker Sir, particularly concerned that we have seen an increase in the number of Members of Parliament that are being expelled.”
In apparent reference to Zanu PF MPs who have been threatened with the boot, Chamisa said many representatives were no longer performing their duties because of the axe hanging over them.
National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda however ruled that he could not stop parties recalling MPs unless the law was amended. Some MPs called for immediate amendments to save their jobs as they faced expulsion from both Zanu PF and MDC-T.
Chamisa has become the subject of frenzied speculation by MDC-T members, with some alleging that he was planning to launch a new political party before the 2018 general election. He denies this.
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