Following the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s assertion Thursday that the party has started discussing its leader's succession within its ranks, political analysts say the MDC-T is obviously under pressure to come up with plausible changes to convince the electorate it can win the next national elections.
MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, told a news conference in Harare on Thursday that the National Council, as well as the national executive committee have discussed who will lead the labour-backed organization in the event that Mr. Tsvangirai steps down.
The MDC-T official said Mr. Tsvangirai is open about his succession debate but added this debate must not be influenced by people outside the party's structures, including Zanu-PF.
Despite calls for leadership renewal in the MDC-T, Mwonzora said the national council unanimously agreed that Mr. Tsvangirai should see through his term which expires in 2016.
Calls for leadership renewal were made public by the party's treasurer general the party's treasurer general, Roy Bennett, who is living in exile in South Africa.
A member of the party's national executive, Ian Kay, also weighed in saying a new leadership was required to re-invigorate the party following Zanu-PF’s landslide victory in the July 31 polls.
He was suspended the MDC-T's Mashonaland East provincial executive committee for making those remarks.
But Mwonzora said Kay is yet to be suspended because due process has not been followed in line with the opposition party's constitution.
Political analyst Thabani Nyoni said the MDC-T should also desist from discussing its internal issues in the media.