- Published: 05 November 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
So Nelson Chamisa was the biggest loser at the just-ended MDC-T congress, which was largely a non-event? Chamisa, a young, eloquent, photogenic and charismatic fellow, lost to unfancied Douglas Mwonzora for the post of party secretary general.
As we speak, Chamisa is an ordinary card carrying member of the opposition party led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
That is how far the man who was billed to take over from the uninspiring, unlettered, uncharismatic and, sorry to say, un-photo/telegenic Tsvangirai, has fallen.
There has been a mixed reaction to Chamisa's fall, with an equal measure of sympathy and celebration.
Chamisa used to be Tsvangirai's blue-eyed boy and in March this year, as in a couple of other occasions, he told us that Tsvangirai was a godsend.
Here is what he said: "In a struggle there is a commander, others are lieutenants and no lieutenant should say they want to be a commander. If you dream while sleeping on top of a mountain that you want to be leader, we say no to that. He is the founding father of democracy in Zimbabwe, the doyen of constitutionalism. You can't replace a person chosen by God. Let's keep on feeding into River Save so that even Gushungo can be swept away."
But Chamisa's fall is said to have been engineered by none other than the un-photogenic one who saw a threat in the young leader.
The kitchen cabinet of the same ill-favoured one (to use a Shakespearean expression) is also said to have been unhappy with the prospect of Chamisa eventually taking over from the man they have been sponsoring and controlling even in the bedroom.
They reportedly bought votes against Chamisa and manipulated the electors.
On the other hand, Tsvangirai, apparently after learning of Chamisa's ambitions, had two strategies at his disposal: one, to boot out Chamisa at congress — which he did.
Had Chamisa won, he would have no power because Tsvangirai had pushed for the amendment of the party constitution to weaken the position of the secretary general.
Chamisa was used to push out all potential threats to Morgan, including Elias Mudzuri and Tendai Biti, only to be kicked out himself!
Operators like Morgan Tsvangirai, even if they do not look smart enough, know the game well: it is about interests and self-preservation.
Meanwhiule, the MDC Renewal Team has extended an olive branch to former MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa to join the Tendai Biti-led movement following his weekend defeat at the party's elective congress.
MDC Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume yesterday said Chamisa was free to join the team, as the "future mattered most" than past political squabbles.
Mafume dismissed reports that Chamisa and Biti had crossed swords after the latter broke away from the MDC-T to form a splinter group early this year.
"Biti and Chamisa were close. Whatever happened is in the past and it was nothing personal. We need to look to the future. We are reorganising, therefore, he can be where his skills are best utilised like all others who have joined," Mafume said.
Sources in the MDC-T claimed that Biti clashed with Chamisa after the latter resisted a plot to oust party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
In the run-up to the congress, Chamisa had been widely tipped to land the secretary-general post given his close ties with Tsvangirai.
Since his defeat, the media-savvy Chamisa has been evading journalists while his mobile phone goes unanswered.