'Tsvangirai asked for poll delay'

'Tsvangirai asked for poll delay'
Published: 12 January 2018 (183 Views)
Ailing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa to postpone general elections by three years ostensibly because lack of electoral reforms was likely to undermine the credibility of the 2018 general poll result.

Tsvangirai, 65, reportedly tabled the proposal to postpone elections to Mnangagwa, 75, when the new president and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga made an impromptu but welcome gesture to check on the social democrat, who has dominated Zimbabwe opposition politics since the formation of MDC in 1999.

Mnangagwa's spokesperson George Charamba, said his boss was awaiting formal submissions from the opposition on the “legal issues” the MDC leader wanted addressed in relation to his proposal to delay the 2018 elections.

Meanwhile, divisions in MDC-T have resulted in Mr Morgan Tsvangirai's family electing to issue statements regarded his health through acting President Engineer Elias Mudzuri, and not through his spokesperson, Mr Luke Tamborinyoka. Mr Tsvangirai has been in and out of the country for treatment for colon cancer.

The opposition leader on Monday threw his party into turmoil after he hinted that he could retire from active politics. Mr Tsvangirai's statement revived factional fights from lieutenants angling to succeed him, with his deputies Dr Thokozani Khupe and Mr Nelson Chamisa leading rival camps.

Divisions in the party became apparent after Mr Tamborinyoka and party publicist Mr Obert Gutu attacked each other on social media as they issued conflicting statements regarding Mr Tsvangirai.

- Daily News

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

I'm ready for it all, says Chamisa

by Takudzwa Chiwara | 16 January 2018 | 126 Views

Bitcoin tumbles as digital coins resume slide

by Bloomberg | 16 January 2018 | 78 Views

Challenges that have faced dialogue around Gukurahundi genocide

by Dumisani Mpofu | 16 January 2018 | 86 Views

Catholic Priest's cosy pic storm

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 138 Views

Approachable presidency, the panacea to national engagement

by Chigumbu Warikandwa | 16 January 2018 | 89 Views

Mugabe regretted firing Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 284 Views

Haulage trucks prove to be dangerous on Zimbabwe roads

by Stephen Jakes | 16 January 2018 | 171 Views

'Criminal elements' around Tsvangirai should be removed

by Don Chigumba | 16 January 2018 | 137 Views

Zanu PF, MDC-T urged to investigate operations of Employment council

by Stephen Jakes | 16 January 2018 | 103 Views

Zanu-PF running scared in Mberengwa

by Staff Reporter | 16 January 2018 | 111 Views

Zifa cancels EGM?

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 84 Views

Bulawayo vendors blasts city council over harassment

by Stephen Jakes | 16 January 2018 | 68 Views

Open letter to Mrs Mnangagwa

by Gift Phiri | 16 January 2018 | 273 Views

Zanu-PF must pursue politics of the brain

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 67 Views

We must stop this culture of bootlicking

by Stephen Jakes | 16 January 2018 | 106 Views

There is not a moment to be lost

by Tapson Muchena | 16 January 2018 | 59 Views

Drama as sex workers fill up court,

by Simbarashe Sithole | 16 January 2018 | 154 Views

Zimbabweans in Namibia 'pay to see Mnangagwa'

by BBC | 16 January 2018 | 129 Views

'Gen Valerio Sibanda is a professional soldier'

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 273 Views

Mujuru not getting any pension from govt

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 178 Views

Mnangagwa denies stealing from MDC-T

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 149 Views

Monkey terror

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 183 Views

Whizzkid scores 20 points at A-Level

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 210 Views

Mnangagwa's China visit set for April

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 68 Views

US firm gets Zimbabwe BVR tender

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 116 Views

Govt revives Zimbabwe-Zambia railway line plans

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 84 Views

'Mnangagwa to soon roll out peace, reconciliation process'

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 74 Views

Businesswoman loses $60 000 goods to security guard

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 86 Views

5 up for $37,000 armed robbery

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 82 Views

Mahomed Mussa denies cash stashing allegations

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 154 Views

Mnangagwa says millions in externalised funds flow back to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 111 Views

'No victimisation in corruption arrests,' claims Charamba

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 83 Views

Civil servants January pay dates out

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 94 Views

ZRP regularly conduct lifestyle audits

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 87 Views

Man chops rival suitor's fingers with a machete

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 71 Views

Man pays lobola, kills wife 2 days later

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 187 Views

Tsvangirai illness throws MDC Alliance campaign off track

by Staff reporter | 16 January 2018 | 51 Views