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.

Clever Tsvangirai!

Chamisa was used to push out all potential threats to Morgan, including Elias Mudzuri and Tendai Biti, only to be kicked out himself!

That's politics.

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.




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mukundi
+1 # mukundi 2014-11-05 11:22
hazvina kana nebasa rese izvozvo
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-11-05 12:10
Tsvangirai wants himself sorrounded by colurless people like Mwowonzera and Gordon Moyo who will not steal the limelight and make him look even uglier than he actually is.
What will now happen is that his MDC-faction will become less sexy, less appealling and that will give the Ncube/Biti new impetus.
Zvatopera so.
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Dofo
0 # Dofo 2014-11-05 12:13
Not a big deal taura hako mukundi
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joeAfrica
+1 # joeAfrica 2014-11-05 12:24
this was written by some ZANU PF idiots
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budzi
+1 # budzi 2014-11-05 12:35
with or without chamisa mdc yakaora. lost its relevance. tipei zvitsva
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Hacha Ndizvo Dr
0 # Hacha Ndizvo Dr 2014-11-05 13:20
I give you ZANU PF - with all its corruption, murder etc.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-11-05 14:52
We need a Party which can LEAD or give a ruling Party a run for its money. The MDC-Project could have had many positives for Zimbabwe if we had patriotic thinkers at its helm.
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Muchecheudzi Mukuru
+1 # Muchecheudzi Mukuru 2014-11-05 15:02
One would have thought this was the best time ever to have a fully functional opposition that can capitalise on the current shenanigans mumusangano but alas they are busy splitting into 100 more pieces nxaaa
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Gunguwo
0 # Gunguwo 2014-11-05 15:05
Tsvangson warasika Pakati Chamisa ndoMDC manje
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kkkkkkkk
0 # kkkkkkkk 2014-11-05 19:19
Verily most of us Zimbabweans tiri madununu chaiwo saka maida kuti Tsvangirai arigger maelections here in favour of Chamisa. Mind Ana Chamisa Ava kungotaura chete kunokunakidzai but simbi hombe ndaana Mwonzora Ava. I am nt trying to belittle young Nelson aiwa but tiri kutaura zvebasa.
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kkkkkkkk
+1 # kkkkkkkk 2014-11-05 19:19
Verily most of us Zimbabweans tiri madununu chaiwo saka maida kuti Tsvangirai arigger maelections here in favour of Chamisa. Mind Ana Chamisa Ava kungotaura chete kunokunakidzai but simbi hombe ndaana Mwonzora Ava. I am nt trying to belittle young Nelson aiwa but tiri kutaura zvebasa.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-11-06 17:14
Quoting kkkkkkkk:
Verily most of us Zimbabweans tiri madununu chaiwo saka maida kuti Tsvangirai arigger maelections here in favour of Chamisa. Mind Ana Chamisa Ava kungotaura chete kunokunakidzai but simbi hombe ndaana Mwonzora Ava. I am nt trying to belittle young Nelson aiwa but tiri kutaura zvebasa.

Richard Chematama rigged in favour of his lame-duck Mowonzera
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maitahenyu
0 # maitahenyu 2014-11-06 08:38
Hey hey hey what did you want Tsvangirayi to do? Chamisa lost to the electorate not to Tsvangirayi. Chamisa and Mashakada were not demoted but lost an election. You want them to be a Mugabe who lost 2008 and refused to leave handiti. MDC will be stronger with or without Chamisa because nobody is irreplaceable. In any case Chamisa and Mashakada are not going anywhere they will be in the party and will have a role to play. You can fight to have them leave but they will not.
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mambo
0 # mambo 2014-11-06 10:22
chete ma zimbabweans we are stupid, handizivi kuti chikoro chatino claimer ndechepi, u can be learned but if u fail to implement the education samugabe u are stupid, political power without economic power is useless, u can vote for whoever until u become pink, but kana usina hupfu kumba u are stupid, kupedza nguva vanhu vachigwa nyika yakaora, instead of mutaure zvema pot holes, magetsi kungotaura zvema votes in this part, ma elections, zvigokusvitsai kupi, muchamama nenzara, stupid ppl
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-11-06 17:16
yes we are fools, I agree.
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