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Gutu blooms with confidence after MDC-T strategic meeting

Coming out of the meeting in Bulawayo, Guti warned that even though his party might be small in terms of membership register, it will put up a determined fight in future political battles.

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  • "In a fight, it’s not the size of the dog that matters but rather, the size of the fight in the dog," Gutu roared on Twitter.

MDC-T Vice-President Obert Gutu came out of his party’s strategic meeting in Bulawayo on Friday blooming with confidence, and fired a salvo at political opponents warning them that the MDC-T is still a force to reckon with.

Led by Thokozani Khupe, a former deputy to MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC-T performed dismally in the 2018 harmonised elections, where it garnered less than 1% of the vote.

It however got rescued back into political limelight in May last year when President Emmerson Mnangagwa initiated the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) to bring together Zanu-PF and all losing presidential candidates to a negotiating table.

Coming out of the meeting in Bulawayo, Guti warned that even though his party might be small in terms of membership register, it will put up a determined fight in future political battles.

“MDC-T leadership in a strategic retreat meeting in Bulawayo on Friday, January 10, 2020.

View of the MDC-T officials attending the strategic meeting in Bulawayo on Friday

“In a fight, it’s not the size of the dog that matters but rather, the size of the fight in the dog,” Gutu roared on Twitter.

Supporters of the rival MDC led by Nelson Chamisa, which gave President Mnangagwa a good run for his money in the 2018 elections, immediately took potshots at Gutu saying the full desk of officials captured in the photo were all the members the MDC-T had.

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Sources inside the MDC-T told Zimbabwe Voice that the meeting resolved to throw its full weight into the POLAD discusssions and to participate in all future by-elections across the country in the year 2020.

Chamisa has refused to join the POLAD saying the bone of contention in the last general elections was between him and Zanu-PF only. He also said the other parties constitute and insignificant amount of support to warrant being on the negotiating table.

However, both Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo and Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba have insisted that there will be no other dialogue platform outside POLAD.

Chamisa recently said he was willing to partake in dialogue with former South African President Thabo Mbeki as mediator, a major climbdown from his earlier position that he needed no negotiations and only wanted the keys to the State House.

The next general elections are due on 2023.

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