- Published on 11 June 2014
- Written by The Zimbabwe Mail
The Tendai Biti-led MDC-T renewal team has charged president Morgan Tsvangirai with a massive 17 counts, among them, snapping the party's constitution and unilaterally joining the inclusive government.
The charges follow Tsvangirai's 'suspension' from the party by the national council two months ago.
In a charge sheet prepared by the Biti group agitating for Tsvangirai's ouster, a copy of which is in possession of our news crew, the MDC-T president stands accused of contravening the MDC-T constitution, unilaterally joining the Government of National Unity (GNU) and his "one man decision to participate in last year's harmonised elections".
Under count one to eight, the veteran opposition strongman is accused of contravening Article 2,1(a) of the Disciplinary Code of Conduct and Regulations as contained in Annexure C of the MDC-T constitution.
"In that on dates or periods mentioned in Column A of the schedule attached hereto and at places or locations mentioned in Column B of the schedule, Morgan Tsvangirai failed to provide competent leadership to the party or acted in a manner that was detrimental to the objectives of the party by engaging in activities listed in Column C of the schedule attached hereto, thereby putting the party into disrepute," the charge sheet reads.
"February 2009 (in) South Africa (he) . . unilaterally decided to enter the Government of National Unity (GNU) without consulting the MDC-T (national) council as required by the constitution. In Harare . . . Tsvangirai led the
MDC-T ministers into a swearing in ceremony after the arrest of his own nomination for the portfolio of deputy minister of Agriculture Roy Bennett on the day of the swearing in ceremony."
The former premier would now have to defend himself before a tribunal whose date is yet to be decided.
Tsvangirai is also charged with entering into negotiations for the purchase of a plush Highlands home with President Robert Mugabe in or about November 2009 without the knowledge of the MDC-T and abusing money he received for the same purpose.
" . . . and received an amount of $1,5 million from the Reserve Bank (of Zimbabwe) ostensibly for the purchase of his official residence which money he unlawfully channelled to his nephew Hebson Makuvise who withdrew it and engaged in expenditure which is unknown to the party," the charges read.
As prime minister with executive powers, Tsvangirai is accused of ineptitude and failing to use the power vested in him by the constitution to implement reforms such as media and security sector necessary for the holding of free and fair elections.
The contentious issue of "Tsvangirai's women" again comes to the fore with the veteran trade unionist being charged with paying "lobola for Locardia Karimatsenga in the month of November which is taboo in the African tradition, and thereafter denied having done so to the MDC-T national council and the nation at large well knowing this to be false".
Tsvangirai also charged by a local traditional leader, Chief Negomo for breaking traditional values.
"On July 31 as leader of the MDC-T (Tsvangirai) agreed to the participation in the elections in disregard of a policy decision taken by the MDC-T national council which was termed, Conditions of a Sustainable Election in Zimbabwe, which set out the minimum conditions under which the party could participate in an election in Zimbabwe," added the charge sheet.
The MDC-T, prior to the elections, announced a set of demands that it said should be met before elections were held, but capitulated at the 11th hour, before being humiliated in the polls.
It was also revealed that the MDC-T leader forced Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni to reverse the suspension of Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi "who had suspended on alleged corruption pertaining to his and other council directors' unreasonable and unjustifiable salaries".
Tsvangirai, according to the charge sheet, stands accused with inciting division through utterances made at rallies in Harare, Bulawayo, Zhombe in the Midlands and Gweru.
Tsvangirai uttered words in reference to Mangoma and others perceived to be against him, " . . . we are now at what we call the Red Sea moment and some of our comrades want to go back to Egypt . . . let me say, if you have lost faith in the struggle please rest. If you want to form your own political party, the door is open you can go ahead. If you want to head a party then you should just form yours thereby creating and promoting divisions within the ranks of the Movement for Democratic Change".
The MDC-T has been in tailspin following its crushing electoral defeat last year with calls for Tsvangirai's resignation growing.
Matters came to a head early this year when deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma penned a letter asking the party leader to step-down and pave way for an elective congress.
A meeting of the party's national council convened by party secretary-general Tendai Biti suspended Tsvangirai and six other leaders.
For convening the February 15 emotive meeting that ended with the assault on Mangoma and other leaders, Tsvangirai would also have to defend himself on that matter.
He is also accused of inciting named party youths into committing the violent act and by omission or commission failing to institute an investigation or cause disciplinary hearings to be instituted against party members.
After his assault, Mangoma fingered Tsvangirai as the instigator-in-chief of the violent act.
Tsvangirai also allegedly led the unprocedural suspension of Mangoma and addressing press briefing on April 29, "after his suspension, denouncing and disparaging the MDC national council for suspending him".