ZAPU revival rattles Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party

by Lloyd Msipa

ZAPU revival rattles Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party

The one permanent feature of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex and the inexplicable. Barely a month has gone by since ZAPU held its National Congress at the Bulawayo Trade fair grounds and the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T formation is already showing signs of fear and fatigue. Yes fear, fear of the unknown, the inexplicable as ZAPU takes its rightful place by swiftly winning the hearts and minds of the people of Zimbabwe. The Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T project that had seized to be visible in many major cities including Bulawayo since the last election in March 2008 has all of a sudden shown renewed interest with its personnel seen touring the length and breadth of the city of Bulawayo.

On the morning of September the first the people of Bulawayo woke up to find Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T had opened offices in the city centre. The explanation put forward was that the Prime Minister needed a place to work from when ever he visited Bulawayo. For those less naïve, do know that Morgan Tsvangirai had abandoned Matabeleland and its people soon after he got the legislative seats from the region. However, following the highly publicised and successful ZAPU Congress the MDC-T realised that there is something happening in Bulawayo and indeed the entire Matabeleland region. The people are abandoning the Tsvangirai project and joining ZAPU in their multitudes. His prospects of winning the three seats namely Nkayi South, Lupane East and Bulilima East left vacant after Professor Arthur Mutambara dismissed his standing parliamentarians with ZAPU in the political fray is now a complete impossibility. The arrangement between the principles of the GNU that states that they would not contest each other in by-elections expired on the 15th of September .The opening of offices in Bulawayo by his MDC-T party is obviously geared at bolstering their chances should the by-election be called in the near future. However the people of Matabeleland are all the wiser now.

ZAPU has indeed rattled the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party.

On Thursday the 7th of October Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai suddenly broke off his love affair with President Robert Mugabe citing unfaithfulness. He went on to accuse his erstwhile estranged partner in the Global political arrangement of being unfaithful when the former appointed Provincial Governors without consulting him. For anybody who is familiar with the politics surrounding the issue of the appointment of governors will remember that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime minister Professor Arthur Mutambara and President Robert Mugabe had agreed to tie the issue of the appointment of Governors to the sanctions issue. In fact the leader of the smaller MDC-M faction Deputy Prime minister Professor Arthur Mutambara was commissioned by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe to transmit the arrangement as agreed and Professor Arthur Mutambara wrote a letter to the SADC facilitator South African President Jacob Zuma stating that the three had agreed to have the governors appointed as soon as the sanctions were lifted. And if that was not enough, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai now claims all the appointments that he acquiesced to since the formation of the Government of National Unity are all “null and void”. One wonders what all this means. Is he saying also that the appointment of his henchman Hebson Makuvise as the Ambassador to Germany is also “null and void”?

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