Tsvangirai reveals that like Mugabe does not have succession plan, not threatened by Chamisa

6 years agoMon, 26 Jun 2017 01:24:29 GMT
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Tsvangirai reveals that like Mugabe does not have succession plan, not threatened by Chamisa

In an interview with The Standard’s Blessed Mhlanga MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed that like President Robert Mugabe he does not have a succession plan. He also said that the youth were not asking for younger people to be in positions of power in his party.

Below is an excerpt of the interview:

BM: You have been at the helm of the MDC since its formation in 1999. Do you have any succession plan?

MT: Why should I reveal a succession plan when I am serving as the president of the MDC until the next congress? So why should we be talking about a succession when I am serving? If it is a hope or wish that there should be a succession plan, that will come within the context of the constitution that will come from the party.

BM: Is it not advisable for leaders to have a succession plan to indicate who is next in line?

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MT: Have you ever heard of (former British prime minister) Tony Blair having a succession plan? (British Prime Minister) Theresa May having a succession plan? (United States president Donald) Trump having a succession plan?
Why don’t you wait for the processes that leads to a change of leadership to take its course?

I know where you are coming from. You are so preoccupied with Mugabe’s overstaying his welcome that you don’t believe that the MDC can change leadership. The MDC is there as a constitutional body and it will change leadership when it is set and that happens at congresses.

BM: There are reports that youth in the MDC are clamouring for younger leadership. Do you feel threatened by the likes of Nelson Chamisa?

MT: Why Nelson Chamisa? Why a particular individual? The people will choose their leaders and I am surprised that you say the youth in the party are clamouring for change of leadership in the party. I have not heard of that.

BM: For younger leadership to be in powerful positions.

MT: Younger leadership, well that may be a wish, but they know the process that we go to congress and elect a leader and nothing can stop them.

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