Moyo blasts Cross over Ts­van­gi­rai health is­sues

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

AL­LE­GA­TIONS by MDC-T na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mr Ed­die Cross that the op­po­si­tion coali­tion was be­ing hin­dered by a tribal in­ter­ests is not only reck­less but also has a po­ten­tial to cause civil un­rest, party chair­man Mr Love­more Moyo said yes­ter­day.

Mr Moyo was re­spond­ing to an ar­ti­cle penned by Mr Cross on his web­site re­cently al­leg­ing that there were Nde­bele and Kalanga tribal in­ter­ests that were be­ing a stum­bling block to the coali­tion for­ma­tion with other par­ties ahead of the 2018 elec­tions.

Mr Cross said the phe­nom­e­non was emerg­ing in the MDC-T and Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party.

The al­le­ga­tions were in­ter­preted to be tar­get­ing Mr Moyo, party vice pres­i­dent Ms Thokozani Khupe and na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Mr Abed­nico Bhebhe who have ob­jected to the al­lo­ca­tion of seats to be con­tested un­der the coali­tion.

The ob­jec­tion has led to a fall out between MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai and the trio re­sult­ing in the three be­ing man­han­dled by party youths al­legedly from the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice re­cently.

“I have seen the ar­ti­cle and what I can say is that it is sad that a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber who is also a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment in Bu­l­awayo South would in­ter­pret se­ri­ous con­cerns of a po­lit­i­cal na­ture as a tribal is­sue or tribal agenda,” said Mr Moyo.

“This is a very reck­less state­ment from a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber which has po­ten­tial in­cite trib­al­ism and cause so­cial un­rest in the coun­try.”

In the PDP, that al­le­ga­tions were GOVERN­MENT may be forced to ex­tend the Regis­trar Gen­eral’s Of­fice blitz for peo­ple to ac­quire iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments if it does not in­crease staff un­der­tak­ing the pro­gramme, Home Af­fairs Deputy Min­is­ter Cde Obe­d­ingwa Mguni has said.

The RG’s Of­fice started rolling out the pro­gramme for peo­ple to ac­quire birth cer­tifi­cates, na­tional iden­tity cards and death re­port­edly di­rected at a clique led by the party’s sec­re­tary gen­eral Dr Gor­den Moyo which re­cently ex­pelled their leader Mr Tendai Biti and some se­nior mem­bers over dis­agree­ments around the coali­tion.

Mr Moyo said there was noth­ing tribal about their stance to­wards the for­ma­tion of an op­po­si­tion coali­tion as they felt there was an un­fair dis­tri­bu­tion of seats to be con­tested among the par­ties.

“There is noth­ing tribal about want­ing a work­able coali­tion agree­ment that is fair. We need a coali­tion that will con­trib­ute to get­ting a lot of votes but as that agree­ment stands it does not of­fer pres­i­dent (Mor­gan) Ts­van­gi­rai votes needed to win the elec­tions. It ac­tu­ally deducts votes,” he said.

Mr Moyo said there was an un­fair dis­tri­bu­tion of seats not only in Bu­l­awayo, Mata­bele­land North and South prov­inces only but in Mashona­land West and other prov­inces.

“I don’t see any Nde­bele or Kalanga in­ter­ests emerg­ing from th­ese con­cerns. He has to ex­plain where he is get­ting that from be­cause our con­cerns have to do with the in­ter­ests of Zim­babwe and win­ning elec­tions,” he said.

Mr Moyo also ex­pressed shock at the re­cent com­ments made by Mr Cross on the health of Mr Ts­van­gi­rai where the Bu­l­awayo South leg­is­la­tor in­di­cated that his boss’ ill­ness had taken a toll on him that he may not be able to con­test in the 2018 elec­tions.

“He is not the spokesper­son of the party and I don’t know from what point of priv­i­lege he makes th­ese pro­nounce­ments be­cause the health of Mr Ts­van­gi­rai is a pri­vate mat­ter,” he said.

cer­tifi­cates on Septem­ber 4 with plans to con­clude the pro­gramme on Novem­ber 30.

Cde Mguni said the on­go­ing blitz may be ex­tended as the RG’s Of­fice is faced with staff short­ages to ef­fec­tively con­duct the pro­gramme.

The Deputy Min­is­ter said this while re­spond­ing to leg­is­la­tors dur­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly Ques­tion and An­swer ses­sion on Wed­nes­day.

He said the Min­istry has ap­proached other Govern­ment de­part­ments to bol­ster staff due

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