UPDATED: Moyo quits MDC-T

Mr Lovemore Moyo

Mr Lovemore Moyo

Nduduzo Tshuma Political Editor
MDC-T national chairman Mr Lovemore Moyo yesterday quit both his position and the party citing, among other issues, what he called the unconstitutional power grab by leader Mr Nelson Chamisa. Mr Moyo, an ally of one of the party’s vice presidents Dr Thokozani Khupe, also cited violence that is rocking the party, tribalism and sexism as part of his resignation from the party.

Dr Khupe has been involved in a vicious battle over the control of the MDC-T from the days leading to the death of party founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February and after his burial.

Despite Mr Chamisa’s endorsement by the MDC-T national executive as the party’s leader, Dr Khupe has refused to recognise him arguing that she was the rightful heir to the presidency on the basis that she is the only elected official among the late Tsvangirai’s deputies.

Before Mr Tsvangirai’s death, Mr Moyo, Dr Khupe and party national organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe had fallen out with their then boss over the formation of an alliance of opposition parties to challenge the ruling zanu-pf in this year’s election.

They stopped attending party meetings from August last year after they were assaulted at the party’s Bulawayo provincial alliances by youths reportedly linked to Tsvangirai over their stance against the alliance.
Mr Moyo’s spokesperson, Mr Artwell Sibanda yesterday confirmed the resignation.

“He spoke to Chamisa minutes ago and has sent his resignation letter. His reasons are that the party has deviated from its core values of non sexism and non-violence,” said Mr Sibanda.

“The events that led to violent scenes in Harare, Bulawayo and during the burial of Tsvangirai (where some youths targeted Dr Khupe and others and attempted to burn them inside a hut) were also cited as reasons for his resignation as well as the usurping of power by Chamisa against the provisions of the party’s constitution.”

Meanwhile, the MDC-T national council meets today where it is expected to decisively act on one of the Vice Presidents Dr Thokozani Khupe amid growing calls for her expulsion.

Addressing a rally made up of her allies last Sunday, Dr Khupe said they were breaking away from the main party to join the People’s Rainbow Coalition led by Dr Joice Mujuru with whom they would partner in this year’s national elections.

MDC-T spokesperson Ms Thabitha Khumalo yesterday said the party will discuss recommendations made by organs tasked with solving the impasse and then make a decision that is most likely to affect party national organising secretary Mr Abednigo Bhebhe.

“In accordance with the constitution, the party sent an arbiter to deal with the matter, church leaders were also engaged, while president Chamisa also made efforts to engage Khupe.

“The national council will then hear the outcome of those engagements and recommendations will be tabled before a decision is taken,” she said.

Some party officials, however, said it would take MDC-T leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa’s intervention to save Dr Khupe, whom they said is now “prisoner waiting for the gallows.”

“What Chamisa can do is plead with the national council not to expel Khupe otherwise indications are that a final decision on her expulsion will be arrived at tomorrow (today),” said a party official.
The meeting also comes at a time of reported defections from Dr Khupe’s camp to the Mr Chamisa led MDC-T.

Recently, two of Dr Khupe’s close allies Ms Lwazi Sibanda and Ms Dorothy Bhebhe reportedly attended a meeting of the national women’s organ at the MDC-T Harvest House headquarters sparking speculation that they had switched sides.

Dr Khupe’s woes mounted last week when she was ordered by the courts to vacate the MDC-T Bulawayo provincial offices, which her faction had allegedly barricaded.

“The moment of truth came recently when the national elections directorate called for officials interested in contesting in this year’s elections to submit their names.

“Those who want to contest under MDC-T have to come back to the party that is why some of Khupe’s allies are coming back because there is no way the national council would endorse them while they are pulling away,” said and MDC-T source.

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  • Tonaz Da Boss

    good riddance

  • Mkhulu

    Let us show them that Mthwakazi is not to be messed with. Babu Moyo MRP is waiting for you to come home. Just waiting for the other men and women like Khuphe and Bhebhe to also do likewise

    • koka

      limqotho lelo. njengejwayelo mina ngithi VOTE MRP, THE FUTURE OF MTHWAKAZI

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        A good mistress keeps a bad marriage alive

  • Muzondo Muzhumbu

    Tatenda taonana

  • Kezi

    I hope more politicians from Matebeleland lent a lesson these so called national parties are not really national.Bring the popcorn lets some of us enjoy the circus of Zim politics.

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      it’s up to your partner to decide whether they feel cheated on, not you.

  • Ndabezitha

    Bantu bakithi, you are beginning to see the light. Never again join these so called national parties, join only regional parties that are going to fight for isizwe sakithi sikaMthwakazi. MDC and Zanu PF have never helped us in any way, even though they are national parties, ngicela sibambane Mthwakazi omuhle sibe yimbumba. Amen

    • nhlanhlayamangwe

      in your dreams…we would rather support ZAPU than your divisive tribalistic grouping you call a party..

      • Richie

        I agree with you man

        • Ndabezitha

          Angithi lawe uliShona so bewungathini vele

      • Ndabezitha

        We don’t need u to support Mthwakazi parties, we have enough people from our regions without needing people from Mashonaland like u to vote with us

    • koka

      Ndabezitha sisonke mfanakithi. Matebeleland people must realize that the likes of zanu and mdc have nothing to offer. the really deal in this coming election is MRP.

      I urge all people from Matebeleland to vote Mqondisi Moyo and the MRP to run our provinces. we are tired of these useless tribal parties masquerading as national parties.

      Please bantu bakithi yithina sodwa esingazikhulula. izanu le mdc will never fight for your freedom, dignity, prosperity etc.


      • musa

        & mrp is not tribalistic?

        • Ndabezitha

          It is trying to free isizwe sikaMthwakazi from the clutches of tribalism inflicted by Shona system which is in place.

          • musa

            the question still remains unanswered.

          • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

            And imagine the tax-deductable items.

          • Skimbo

            The one thing we will not want to do is to have the burden of developing two engines in parallel

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        you seem to think you can only be happy in a long term ‘committed’ relationship reinforced by media and Hollywood.

      • Teacher Fainos

        “the really deal”.No.no.no! Say: ” the ‘real’ deal”. The Queen will see this, and think Zimbabwe is not yet fit to be re-admitted into the Commonwealth. That English is as good as inviting sanctions. Why did you not come to night school yesterday?

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        You seem to know a lot about this. Is it just personal opinion or is it based on observation?

  • Mike Bararamhanya

    Moyo, as someone who was patriotic and brave enough to join the liberation struggle, Zanu PF is your natural political home. You are free to retrace your steps to Zanu and we will certainly welcome you with open arms.

  • Mayihlome

    Tjamisa and his MDC ijuzu raTizayi, apa rinorukwa, apa rinorudunurwa!!

  • Observer Mission

    Hamba kuhle Moyo.Your incompetence as speaker of Parliament was telling.You added no value.Politics is not about tribal issues but competence and popularity. There is a reason why granite rock cannot be sold like gold.Anyway we wish you well baba Moyo in your new party with Mai Mujuru another so called national party whose leader has ZANU PF DNA and is from Guruve.

  • Sikhosana

    It is never too late to finally see the light, welcome to the club Moyo. As much as you may have wanted to put spin into your resignation by bringing up issues like sexism and power grabbing blah blah blah, the truth of the matter is mdc-t is basically a tribalistic party, just like all the other so called national parties. The issues did not start with Khupe. What happened with Gibson Sibanda? How were the Ncubes and Mzilas hounded out of what was supposed to be a democratic party? Simply because they were dizidends (not dissidents!) Dizidendi is the shona term for a Ndebele derived from the English term with an entirely different meaning coined by the shonas during the terrible 80′s to refer to Ndebeles. Khupe was accused of being a dizidendi at tsvangson’s funeral and so have you been secretely in the past and henceforth, more openly. Those Ndebeles who have stayed behind yet again will also like you Moyo, one day see the light.

  • musa

    interesting to see that khuphe, bhebhe & moyo are/were in one way or the other at loggerheads with chamisa. tribalism, sexism or self-victimisation?

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      If you’re tempted to have an affair, there’s something wrong with your existing relationship.

      • Gwababa

        Go and hand kkkkkk

    • Confused Senior Advocate

      Congratulations for completely misunderstanding this whole issue. *slow clap*

  • Wellington

    Why didnt Chamisa just agree to congress if he like he purports to be popular. Bit by bit mdct is disintergrating forget about the coalition, mdc is doomed. Time for fresh ideas after the elections

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      I think this is one of those areas where the rigidity of the law can never accomodate all the possible angles.

  • educated fool



    But Moyo is not even a Ndebele name so how is he classified as such. Is he not a zimbabwean and we end there?

  • MakhosiXamu

    MDC-T and Zanu PF must face a chop – elections will certainly kick them out. Forward with NPF. Sizobusa lonyaka.

    • Boya Benyathi

      Uyagula wena Xamu hambala uyonyela le kude kkkkkkkkk NPF kkkkkkkkk NP what kkkkkkkkkkk

      • MakhosiXamu

        NPF yizo yizo uthanda kumbe ungathandi. That is the only party or ibandla la bantu, period.

        • Zuze

          You are a very sick man.

          • MakhosiXamu

            Thank you for that stupid comment. NPF yilona bandla lombuso oqotho. Nxa kukuhlupha go hand njaaaa.

          • Zuze

            Now English is failing you Mfo. Go hand?

          • MakhosiXamu

            Hang I meant …..kikikikikiiiiiiiii Thank you

          • Gwababa

            I have never know Xamu to swear like this. Go Hand means ivulavala. Xamu sibili we have children that read here.

        • Simon

          Have you given away you Zanu pf T Shirts Ndoda?

          • MakhosiXamu

            i have never owned a Zanu PF T-Shirt wena s’lima , but for NPF i will certainly buy one. lonyaka sizoyi ngcwaba iZanu PF. I NPF is spot on sadubeka ngenxa yama sotsha angela mbeko.

    • dongamuzi

      you are worse than a lunatic imbecile! this must get through your thick head ‘Mgabe is not coming back mfana’ not that i support any of the parties.HE IS HISTORY LIVE WITH IT OR GO HANG IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT’

  • Emmanuel Mlambo

    Vele Moyo , how could you join a Party with a surname ? Tswangarayi ?? What were you up to ? Don’t you have a surname yourself ? Some of us lost sympathy of that party the day it got a surname.
    May I repeat what I said last time : MDC-T was buried at Humanikwa village the day people buried poor Morgan. I think he too was key in authoring the confusion and drama we see unfold today.

  • Galveston

    I’ve noticed that the moderator of this platform is currently exerting a particularly rigid form of control on comment content. Due to this control, I’ve lost 2 comments today, which under normal circumstances may be considered sane and reasonable. While the new stance taken by the moderator might be aimed at toning down the deeply ethnic orientated content of comments that has been on the increase recently, I feel that this measure is counter productive. By this I mean that while some content may appear to have connotations based on ethnicity, it in actual fact will have the intention of giving clarity or moderation to a particular subject or sentiment.

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      The problem I have with your observations here is that they leave the question of assisted dying unresolved.

    • Confused Senior Advocate

      I can’t think of a more boring subject to make death threats about.

  • Dr M

    Some of the comments here are truly disgusting. Ndebele this. Shona that. In 2018?! No wonder our country is a sinking ship. Nxaaa mhani!

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      Tribalism is what people blame for everything that is wrong in their lives. Fix the country and it isn’t an issue for most.

  • Question Mark?

    Whats wrong with the Rozvi people? Anybody with a clue?

  • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

    Sorry-just don’t see anything charming, brilliant, or ORIGINAL in your work. A very few clever points? Maybe. But no true humor, joy, witty banter or political poking?
    No charm-heavy, leaden-or just plain weird topics.

    • Mr Jo Bangles

      Wena Ntwala he is not working but commenting.

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        I’m working

    • Zuze

      Maqili is that you using the Zuze name again?

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        I’m providing a service that is desperatley needed by people who are suffering great pain, so what’s your point.

        • Zuze

          Meet me at skittle inn and I will show you what pain is.

          • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

            You seem to be addicted to banging your head against the wall, for momentary feelings or approval. Well, you will reap what you sow.

          • Zuze

            Hahahaha Uyesaba gwala.

          • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

            Religion has a lot to answer for but for the many offers no answer.

  • Confused Senior Advocate

    You are speaking for yourself, and only yourself.

    • Galveston

      Your name says it all. Of course I’ve made it plain that the content of my comment represents a personal opinion. So why is it necessary for you to echo my own words in negation? I’m clearly aware that you and the character calling him/herself chokwadi in a response to my comment below this, are one and the same person – You are the man/woman of many names and characters who likes to target other reasonable writers with your pointless vitriol. Look; I know that I am a very good writer. Why shouldn’t it be so when the fact remains that I’ve been thoroughly trained to write well? Truth is; you recognise this fact and true to your nature; you respond in the sour-grapes mode! Forget your impotent attempts to make me and other writers look bad. Fact is; you are human manure in comparison to me as far as writing well is concerned !!!