HARARE – The Johannesburg district of Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has rallied behind its party leader, rejecting a push for the 61-year-old ex-premier’s ouster.
Dlayila Omuhle, the newly-elected MDC Johannesburg chairperson, said in a press release that it was premature to remove Tsvangirai.
“Leadership renewal is choreographed in the corridors and offices of the enemy of the people of Zimbabwe, Zanu PF,” Omuhle said.
“We refuse to stand by and watch the derailment of the people’s project by moles who are pushing the agenda of our enemy.”
He urged people like Ian Kay, exiled treasurer-general Roy Bennet and other top MDC officials who have called Tsvangirai to step down, to either apologise or resign from the party.
“MDC Johannesburg district has observed the deplorable attacks on the person and the leader of our struggle Dr Morgan Tsvangirai,” Omuhle said.
“As Johannesburg district, we want to place it on record that we condemn these attacks veiled as the so-called “leadership renewal”.
“We call upon these “smart Alecks” who have disgraced the party by running to the media to push this self-destructive agenda to immediately withdraw and apologise publicly of their opportunistic posturing.”
This comes after Warren Park legislator, Elias Mudzuri, openly admitted he was gunning for Tsvangirai’s post.
The former Harare mayor said if the people want him to take over, he was ready.
Omuhle said no-one must be fooled to think that Tsvangirai was the problem in all that Zimbabwe finds herself in, rather the opposite is true.
“Dr Tsvangirai is very much the solution to Zimbabwe’s predatory State,” reads the statement.
The Johannesburg branch said the situation in which Zimbabwe is in does not require issues that demotivate and derail the focus of the labour-backed party.
“The so-called leadership renewal neither benefits our people nor our party but rather it diverts attention from the real issues of the day; the inability of this illegitimate government to table a National Budget,” he said.