The Standard’s deputy editor, Tangai Chipangura (TC), spoke to the newly-elected vice-chairman of the party Job Sikhala (JS) on a number of issues. Below are excerpts from the interview:
TC: Congratulations Hon. Sikhala on your election to the post of MDC vice-chairperson. What would you credit your election too? Would you say your election confirms your popularity within the party structures?
JS: I would like first to thank the MDC family for having confidence in bestowing me with the leadership position to assist president Advocate Nelson Chamisa in the progression of our great party.
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It’s not about popularity to be elected, but it’s about people having confidence in the project and giving certain individuals an opportunity to steer the party forward.
I don’t believe it’s about being popular. It’s about people expecting results. They know I am a results oriented person
TC: From the look of it, what has happened in the party is a restoration of the original, formative MDC leadership of 1999. What can be expected from this original team of the MDC?
JS: Gweru spoke loudly. It spoke so loudly that the MDC family is no longer interested in silly endeavours and toxic insinuations.
Those whose political lifeline was toxic politics of undermining, rumour-mongering, cabalism, vana tisu vacho (those who beat their chests) must learn that the MDC family has the most sophisticated and brained people in the world.
They keep quiet, misleading you and pretending to agree with you but they will strike at the right time.
They no longer want to have their time wasted.
Twenty years of a struggle against a monolithic system is not a joke. Cheap talk is no longer their portion. They want freedom now not tomorrow. Talking is no longer the business of their interest.
To all those who have been elected, including me, people want results. They want their liberation. They voted with faith. Failure or dithering will despair high expectations.
The faith in our president Chamisa must be complemented by astute leadership and unquestionable loyalty to the vision of the leader.
We will make sure that there are no sideshows through any form of discord in the cockpit, especially myself I have no patience anymore or time to tolerate any form of discord.
That patience has long gone and replaced by total loyalty and unequivocal support of the vision of the leader.
Anyone trying to bring rumour-mongering antics, just wait and see. We will thwart, expose and viciously defeat such disposition.
We don’t want the president to be distracted from the task at hand by ridiculous shenanigans. People are waiting for their victory. It must not be destabilised by any form of cheap disposition.