Ts­van­gi­rai blames split for elec­tion losses

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THE split of 2005, not al­leged vote rig­ging MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai and MDC pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube have been ped­dling for over a decade, has con­trib­uted to the op­po­si­tion’s dismal per­for­mance in suc­ces­sive elec­tions, the two lead­ers con­firmed yes­ter­day.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai has been los­ing elec­tions to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe since the for­ma­tion of his party in 1999 and has con­tested the polls out­come as ma­nip­u­lated.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the sign­ing of a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Prof Ncube’s MDC for a pro­posed coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties ahead of next year’s har­monised elec­tions at his High­lands home in Harare, Mr Ts­van­gi­rai said they shot them­selves in the foot by split­ting. He was flanked by his deputy Mr Nel­son Chamisa and Se­na­tor Mor­gan Komichi.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai ad­mit­ted it would be folly for any­one to think they could de­feat Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe con­test­ing as splin­ter par­ties.

The orig­i­nal MDC split in 2005 af­ter a fac­tion led by Mr Ts­van­gi­rai in­sisted the party should not take part in sen­a­to­rial polls that year while Prof Ncube and his back­ers wanted to par­tic­i­pate.

Said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai: “It would also be equally dis­hon­est not to recog­nise that in our jour­ney with Pro­fes­sor Ncube we both made our own mis­takes. We split our party in 2005. The cost of that vote split­ting in ad­di­tion to the bla­tant ma­nip­u­la­tion of re­sults de­layed change for the peo­ple of Zim­babwe in 2008. Ladies and gen­tle­man, it takes hum­ble lead­er­ship to ac­cept one’s mis­takes but it takes bold lead­er­ship to cor­rect those mis­takes.

“It is in this re­spect that I am both re­lieved and pleased to have signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Pro­fes­sor Ncube as a first step to­wards un­do­ing the dam­age we caused our­selves. Today, Pro­fes­sor Ncube and I will open a new chap­ter and craft a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment that should see us har­ness and com­bine our known elec­toral strength to face our com­mon op­po­nent as a united front.

“If any­one in this coun­try ex­pects us to con­test the next elec­tions sep­a­rately as we did in 2008 and 2013 and ex­pect a dif­fer­ent re­sult, it will not only be a third mo­ment of real mad­ness, but the high­est form of insanity, and none of us is in­sane.”

Prof Ncube weighed in: “I too take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mis­takes we have made in the past. The de­ci­sions that we made, which were clearly not al­ways in the na­tional in­ter­est in par­tic­u­lar in re­la­tion to the split­ting of the MDC. We ac­cept that we di­vided our peo­ple, we di­vided the mem­ber­ship of the party which we should not have done”.

He said he con­curred with Mr Ts­van­gi­rai in ev­ery­thing that fol­lowed the split.

“Let me as­so­ciate my­self with ev­ery­thing that he (Mr Ts­van­gi­rai) has said to you this af­ter­noon both in terms of the vi­sion, the eco­nomic and other pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions that we in­tend col­lec­tively to make post-2018 and his de­scrip­tion of the na­ture of the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis that faces us as a peo­ple, which have caused us to be here today.”

Prof Ncube said what was im­por­tant was not just to ac­cept the mis­takes but to be­gin to take the req­ui­site steps to be ac­count­able to the peo­ple of Zim­babwe.

On Mon­day Mr Ts­van­gi­rai and former Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­juru and her Na­tional Peo­ple’s Party lead­er­ship signed a sim­i­lar pact at his res­i­dence in High­lands, Harare.

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