MDC-T Vice president and current acting president Elias Mudzuri has dismissed reports that there is a power struggle within the MDC-T party to succeed veteran politician Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai is battling colon cancer and has hinted at stepping down. Mudzuri also expressed hopes that Tsvangirai would win his fight against cancer.
In an interview with the weekly publication, the Standard, Mudzuri said:
To say there’s a power struggle is an outright exaggeration. Social media tends to hype everything, especially considering that now everyone is a publisher and a journalist. The captivating subject of perceived succession is always a lightning rod in any organisation. MDC-T is not exempt. Regardless, succession debate is not taboo in our party, as was the case in Zanu PF for 37 years. It’s a political contest that is encouraged so that the best man or woman gets to lead the party. What we have in the MDC-T are healthy spirited debates. Now, contrast that with the dog-eat-dog and winner-take-all world of Zanu PF.
We are able to embrace our differences and accommodate each other. The struggle needs all of us. The last time I checked, Chamisa and I had such a harmonious and supportive working relationship, the same with Doug and Ms Khupe. We are united and we shall remain thus.
…It’s on record that he [Tsvangirai] has overcome so many adversities. To mention just a few: untold multiple torture incidents under the hands of Zanu PF since the formation of the party in 1999; we all saw some of the graphic images of his brutalisation. And of course, the bizarre accident which unfortunately claimed the life of his wife; he survived that too. So I’m hopeful that he will overcome this health scare as well. And the part that pertains to leadership: we all have certificates, diplomas and some innumerable degrees, but President Tsvangirai has graduated so many of us to be effective leaders in probably the most important aspect of our lives — the fight for our inalienable right to freedom. That’s one of the most critical leadership credential determinate to our sustained progress as a society.
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