Daggers out for Theresa Makone
BY CAIPHAS CHIMHETE
Daggers are out for Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone and her husband
Ian, with some senior members of the MDC-T party pushing for a vote of no
confidence against the two over their alleged involvement in Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s marriage debacle.
Sources in the party said senior MDC-T officials are urging the party’s
provincial structures to pass a vote of no confidence against the two at the
party’s national council meeting to be held in two week’s time.
Party insiders want Theresa, the MDC-T Women’s Assembly chairperson and Ian,
Tsvangirai’s personal advisor, chucked out of the party for allegedly
facilitating the Prime Minister’s “marriage” with Locadia Karimatsenga
“We are mobilising all provinces that come 18 December, they must go,” said
one senior MDC-T official. “The whole family must go because they have
destroyed the MDC-T brand (in the form of Morgan Tsvangirai) that we have
been building for the past 11 years.”
The sources said all the MDC-T provinces, except Mashonaland East, had
provisionally agreed to push for a vote no confidence against the Makone
family, which for the past few years controlled both the party’s political
strings and Tsvangirai’s personal life.
Sources in the labour-based party said the Youth Assembly and Women’s
Assembly members had planned a protest against the Makones yesterday at
Dingumuzi Stadium in Plumtree, where Tsvangirai addressed a rally.
“It was stopped because that (protest) would have given the party’s
detractors an opportunity to attack the party,” said another source. “This
issue has to be handled very carefully because it has the potential of
destroying the party because the Makones have vital information about the
MDC-T, from all business sympathisers to financiers.”
Asked why Ian was also a target, the MDC-T sources accused him of failing to
properly advise Tsvangirai, whose personal and political life largely
depended on his counsel.
“There is a case of improper association here against Ian,” said another
MDC-T official. “He also failed to advise the Prime Minister on a proper
woman to associate with.”
MDC-T deputy spokesperson Thabita Khumalo said she was not aware of the
exact date of the national executive meeting and was also not privy to the
agenda of the meeting.
“Our agenda will come from the standing committee, which sits before the
national executive,” said Khumalo, who could not be drawn into revealing if
the Makone issue would be discussed.
“The executive committee of the MDC-T makes recommendations pertaining to
any issue tabled at executive meetings. Most of the issues are not specific
but come from the party’s structures, such as districts, provinces, youth
and women’s assembly.”
But sources said the national executive will discuss the constitution-making
process, the state of the party, its readiness for elections slated for next
year or in 2013, among other issues.
In a statement last week, Tsvangirai conceded he had had a relationship with
Locadia, but said the relationship was no longer feasible because “there is
a greater and thicker plot around this issue, which has undermined my
confidence in this relationship . . . As has been evidently demonstrated by
these past well-orchestrated events, it would be inconceivable that a normal
marriage relationship can be consummated.”
But the Tembo family has insisted their daughter remains customarily married
to the Prime Minister. By the time of going to the press yesterday, Locadia
was said to be still at Tsvangirai’s rural home performing traditional
The Makones, who at one time bankrolled the MDC-T when the party was facing
financial problems, were also accused of leading the so-called Kitchen
Cabinet, a loose coalition of members who controlled every aspect of the
The Home Affairs co-minister last year angered party colleagues when she
tried to assist Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa to have
his son Martin released from police custody when several MDC-T cadres were
wallowing in jails on allegedly trumped-up charges.
She also courted the ire of party members when she elbowed out former Women’s
Assembly chairperson Lucia Matibenga from her post in what some MDC-T
activists said was not done according to procedure.
Efforts to get a comment from the Makones were fruitless as their numbers
were not reachable.
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