By Mutsa Makuvaza and Stanford Madombwe
AS the fallout between rival MDC camps continue, Glen View South MP Vincent Tsvangirai (MDC-T) has been accused of being not intelligent enough to have penned the response to Alex Magaisa.
Critics of the fifth born child of the late veteran democracy struggle Morgan Tsvangirai allege that the trending article which bashed Magaisa was penned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba.
The accusations gathered currency as it emerged that the article was being widely shared by Zanu-PF top officials on social media. Charamba himself was among the first people to share the article before even the MDC-T shared it on its social media platforms a day later.
In his reply by a blog article by Alex Magaisa, a Chamisa ally, Vincent Tsvangirai touched a raw nerve when he fingered Magaisa as the rabble rouser in MDC Alliance, also insinuating that Magaisa brought the G40 into Chamisa’s party leading to disenchantment among voters and members.
Tsvangirai also accused Magaisa of being behind his father election defeat to Robert Mugabe in 2013. Magaisa was advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai for a few years ending in 2013.
Among the highlights of the article, which was originally published by The Tribune, are that:
- Chamisa usurped power in an unconstitutional manner
- Chamisa’s thugs tried to burn Mwonzora and Khupe
- Chamisa challenged 2018 presidential election without adequate evidence
- Chamisa legal battle for MDC-T was a mistake
- Magaisa is an officer of the Zanu-PF captured courts
- Mwonzora has smartly won his battles
- Mwonzora’s messages have been well received by Zimbabwean people
- a GNU will bring sanity ad stability to socio-political and economic arena
However, veteran journalist Alexander Rusero reckoned that Vincent Tsvangirai indeed penned the article against Magaisa.
“To state that Vincent Tsvangirai did not opine that opinion is largely overrating writing a newspaper opinion,” said Rusero. “I believe he did write that article; the article isn’t intelligent.”
The MDC-T insisted that Vincent wrote the article.
“Hon Vincent Tsvangirai, son of the late Morgan Tsvangirai, has authored an opinion piece rebutting some of the positions being put forward by Kent based professor, Alex Magaisa,” the party said yesterday, and proceeded to share the whole article.
Vincent Tsvangirai, the Glen View South legislator, is among several top members of the Tsvangirai family, who include Manatsa Tsvangirai, that have sided with Mwonzora and dumped Chamisa.
Born in December 1995 to Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai, now both late, Vincent enrolled at Crawfords and Blue Hills College in South Africa in 2008, when he was barely 13. At that time, Tsvangirai was in a vicious war with Zanu-PF led by Robert Mugabe, and MDC members and supporters were being thoroughly assaulted countrywide by ZANU-PF supporters and suspected State security agents in Zimbabwe’s worst post-independence political tension.
Tsvangirai reckoned Zimbabwe was no longer safe for his children and moved them to South Africa and others to Australia. For some reason, Vincent dropped out of college before matriculation, and ended up studying photography at Verga School of Photography in Johannesburg.
He studied film and media, then shot back on the local political scene when Nelson Chamisa brought him back after Tsvangirai’s death in 2018. At that time, Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe were fighting for control of Tsvangirai’s immediate family members in a bid to outdo each other for acceptance by the Tsvangirai family.
When Vincent’s sister, Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java passed away, Chamisa assigned MDC Alliance deputy chairman Job Sikhala to handhold and guide Vincent to takeover the Glen View South seat left vacant by Vimbai’s death following a car crash.
Sikhala helped Vincent win the seat by organizing and managing the by-election campaign.
In a message on social media, Sikhala reminded Vincent how he campaigned for him door to door in Glen View before he (Vincent) left the Alliance alongside Mwonzora and others.
“My beloved young brother Vincent Tsvangirai. You know how much I sacrificed walking all roads door to door in Glen View South for your win. Please take heed of Pedzisai Ruhanya’s advice. Don’t create enemies or become angry on behalf of others. Pedzisai Ruhanya, Jonathan Moyo are adults,” Sikhala appealed.
Sikhala added: “He (Vincent) is young. He needs advice. Fighting people who never provoked you is the most dangerous expedition. He should not be used to fight wars beyond his reach.”
In another Twitter comment, Sikhala accused George Charamba of having the Vincent Tsvangirai article in collusion with Mashakada.
Yesterday, Pedzisayi Ruhanya, a Chamisa ally and lecturer at a South African university, tore into Tsvangirai accusing him of being Mwonzora’s “political toddler”.
Ruhanya further vowed to expose Tsvangirai as a matric dropout who has no academic certificate to his name. Ruhanya, as the fallout over Tsvangirai’s article took a dramatic slide.
“Douglas Mwonzora has without provocation drawn the battle lines with Alex Magaisa and myself by sending a political toddler whose only qualification is his father’s surname to play games. I receive his invitation with delight and I shall play the game of facts and nothing but facts.
“The first is that Zanu-PF has captured MDC-T and this is public information with facts as clear as a goat’s behind Mwonzora. From expelling MPs, Councillors, to militarily assisted in taking over Harvest, political finances money to being given venue and ZUPCO buses for congress,” Ruhanya said.
However, in another statement, Ruhanya said it was actually Tapiwa Mashakada who penned the article:
“Dear @DMwonzora: Please dont abuse MP Vincent Tsvangirai to pick wars with @PedzisaiRuhanya, @Wamagaisa, @ProfJNMoyo in that BS written by Mashakanda on his behalf. If you love him, advice him to go back to SA and complete his matric exams he failed before I post the the results,” said Ruhanya.
On his part, Magaisa threatened a long-drawn war with Tsvangirai and Mwonzora over the matter. He suggested that by attacking him, Tsvangirai had swallowed more than he can chew.
“The great Achebe had this to say in Arrow of God, quoting the wisdom of his Igbo ancestors: “A man who knows that his anus is small does not swallow an udala seed,” Magaisa said.
“It’ll be a withdrawn war, running from dawn to dusk… In 2016, when Morgan Tsvangirai appointed two Vice Presidents they placed a tortoise on a lamppost to challenge him. That metaphorical tortoise was Patson Murimoga. His case was thrown out by the High Court on a technicality and they lay low. They were fighting him while with him,” said Magaisa. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺