By Lloyd Takawira
MDC Alliance Youth Assembly yesterday paid tribute to the late MDC founding father, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai describing him as a doyen of democracy and a firm believer in young people.
In a statement the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly said Tsvangirai always encouraged young people to take the destiny of the country’s politics and economics into their own hands.
“In one of our meetings with Dr Tsvangirai at his home in Highlands, Harare sometime in 2017, he nailed it through the old adage, “mutambirwi gwinyawo” to a group of youths who had come to lobby for representation quotas in the party. As history will rightly record, the Youth Quota which sought to have youths in decision making positions was Dr Tsvangirai’s legacy too.”
The Youth Assembly also waded into the fights between the various MDC factions, chastising those against Nelson Chamisa’s leadership whom they argue was chosen by Tsvangirai.
“From Learnmore Jongwe to Nelson Chamisa, Dr Tsvangirai’s MDC had young faces in position of leadership right from the party’s inception in 1999. Probably the biggest political master class of Dr Tsvangirai was his appointment of Nelson Chamisa as the leader of the newly born of MDC Alliance at a time when he was unwell late in 2017.”
The Assembly went on to say their movement is facing attacks from “black market opposition” in apparent reference to the Douglas Mwonzora MDC-T outfit.
“Three years on after the demise of Dr Tsvangirai on this day, the National Democratic Movement faces incessant attacks from Mnangagwa’s military dictatorship working in cahoots with black market judicially reconstituted opposition”.
Three years after the death of the MDC founding president, the opposition faces extinction owing to a multiplicity of challenges largely aided by infighting that has seen the party splitting a record fought time.