Yesterday the local rag, the Chronicle, State owned and CIO managed,
published a banner headline "Sibanda stages Coup in MDC". This is
interesting because it follows a large article in the same group of
newspapers covering Welshman Ncube. Both the fact that these State
controlled papers publish such articles and their content is
They are having a field day over the so-called MDC split.
In the article and in other interviews, Gibson Sibanda is arguing that
has the support of the people and commands the support of a majority of
Members of Parliament of the MDC. Quite frankly that is twaddle.
Much is made by the Ncube group about the split decision on October the
in the MDC National Council. Since then the Council has met 3 times. On
occasion a two-thirds majority of the Council has voted unanimously to
support the position of the President, Morgan Tsvangirai and to plan
forward for the MDC. The situation in the National Executive has been
same - it has also met three times since the debacle on the 12th
on each occasion the Executive has had a quorum and has also voted
The Senate elections revealed in stark electoral terms that the MDC did
want to participate in what the great majority regarded as a total
time and resources. The people want change - real, fundamental change,
they know that this is never going to come out of the current electoral
process, Parliament or any Senate election.
If the Ncube faction can only marshal a 2 per cent turn out in their
stronghold - Bulawayo, in an election in which they spent Z$20 billion
dollars, then they must understand they have missed the boat somewhere.
must stop this charade and decide if they are in politics or out of it.
they are in, then please go ahead and form a new Party with its own
let the mainstream of the MDC get on with its own agenda.
They have tried the legal route and got a pasting from even a Zanu PF
They lost the Court Case with costs and this should tell them
leadership of the MDC has been very careful since October, to ensure
its meetings are properly convened, attended by properly accredited
individuals and conducted in the manner laid down in the Constitution.
can be no doubt as to who is in control of the Party, its branches,
committees and provincial executives. After the Party Congress in
will then finish the task of cleaning up our structures and resume
In business we often allude to the "80:20" principle - 80 per cent of
from 20 per cent of customers and so on. In Politics I think we should
judge our activity by the same criteria - do we spend 80 per cent of
energy, resources and time on the goals we set ourselves? That goal,
the Congress in late 1999 was very simple - to take power and bring
change in the way this country is governed. The answer to the question
frankly no - we have been spending 20 per cent on this goal recently
wasting 80 per cent on this nonsense. It must stop, we have a job to do
if we do not get on with it, the people we are responsible to will hold
At the last meeting of Council one member said "lets stop talking about
to react to what the Ncube faction are doing, lets get on with the task
lies ahead of us." I think that made a lot of sense and we are now
just that. As far as the MDC is concerned, this spat is over, people
decide where they stand and we are getting on with the business of
change for a desperate and dying Zimbabwe.
Bulawayo, 11th January 2006