morgan-tsvangirai-book-cover-at-the-deep-.jpgExcerpts from the recently launched Morgan Tsvangirai book entitled ‘At the Deep End’ have revealed the depth of which the fractious MDC formation has had to grapple with factionalism and jostling for posts from its foundation stage.


In the book which was officially launched last week at the Book Cafe in Harare, Prime Minister Tsvangirai describes how his MDC formation succumbed to factional manipulation even at its inaugural congress held on January 29, 2000.

Political analysts say Tsvangirai’s utterances in his book are veiled confessions of deep-rooted divisions which have been building up over a long period of time.

In his own words Tsvangirai is quoted saying, “A week before this historic occasion, I noticed a flurry of activity – both positive and negative – involving lobbying for senior posts. Jostling for space in the leadership of the MDC brought with it the emergence of interest alliances and political camps.” 

An online whistle-blower website, Wikileaks revealed two camps in MDC-T with one believed to be aligned to Mr Tsvangirai and the other to Secretary General, Mr Tendai Biti.

The divisions were more evident during the run up to the MDC-T congress held in Bulawayo early this year, forcing Mr Tsvangirai to threaten some party officials with expulsion from the party following violent clashes between members of the camps as they jostled for positions.