A Press Release from
Senator Lilian Timveos,
Shadow Minister of Home Affairs,
Chairperson, MDC Midlands South Province
MIDLANDS SOUTH PROVINCE ENDORSES PRESIDENT TSVANGIRAI
Movement for Democratic Change leaders and members in the Midlands South Province have expressed confidence in the continued leadership of party President Morgan Tsvangirai, amid growing calls for the National Council to endorse a decision by all 210 districts to immediately expel recalcitrant deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma.
Attending report-back meetings held by Midlands South Chairperson and Midlands Province Senator Lilian Timveos in Shurugwi and Zvishavane at the weekend, party members denounced Mangoma for trying to dislodge President Tsvangirai through the back door.
“I want to talk about the ‘love letter’ that was written by Mangoma because that letter has circulated on Facebook, WhatsApp and in the newspapers,” Senator Timveos told a cheering crowd at Chiedza Hall in Zvishavane.
“It is you the people who voted for leaders at Congress. It is unacceptable for one leader to then go and write a letter to another leader telling him to leave office without even consulting the people? Mangoma never came to Zvishavane to tell us his plans. If President Tsvangirai was to leave office on the basis of a letter written by an individual, what would the people who voted for him say? That little letter is of no effect. We don’t remove our leader that way.”
Speaker after speaker castigated Mangoma, accusing him of denying them funding for election campaigns and reserving the money for his foiled bid to topple the party President.
“The President called a meeting of all districts because of a letter written by Mangoma,” Senator Timveos told another report-back meeting and victory party for Councillor F. Machaya of Ward 7 (Zimasco) in Shurugwi.
“President Tsvangirai wants to know what you the people have to say about the letter written by Mangoma. This man used to be our Treasurer. I’m saying ‘used to be’ because the people have rejected him. All the districts asked the National Council to endorse his expulsion. Mangoma was our Treasurer and he refused to give us money for elections. We were rigged by Zanu PF, yes, but this man refused to give us money. The districts said Mangoma can keep the money which he has taken. We don’t care.
“He was selected by Save (President Tsvangirai) to negotiate the GNU. He negotiated for himself to go to JOMIC and become the head there, and he started planning to remove Save. That is bad.”
Senator Timveos called on the people to be united against threats from Zanu PF, which has budgeted money to fight the MDC after they failed to run the economy because of corruption.
The Shurugwi meeting was also attended by Provincial Secretary for Local Government, Mr Cleopas Shiri, who introduced the Chairperson.
Mr Shiri told the festive gathering that in 2007 he was abducted by the CIO and brutally tortured, giving him life wounds which he showed the crowd. He now walks with a limp after his leg was broken during torture while he was a Trade Unionist under the Ferro-Alloys Union.
“While the CIO was torturing me they never mentioned Mangoma. They were asking me about Tsvangirai. So for someone to come now and tell me that Tsvangirai must go is utter nonsense. We’ve only been 15 years in this struggle. Other struggles take much longer. It would be disastrous to change command while under fire. Zanu PF is feeling the heat. There is no peace in their own camp, so they are using people among us to try and disrupt our activities,” Mr Shiri said.
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