MDC-T party to meet over infighting

Morgan Tsvangirai and Elton Mangoma

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
8 April 2014

The next two days will define if the MDC-T will remain united or split again, if warring parties fail to resolve their differences in meetings called for Wednesday and Thursday.

The party will first convene a Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday to be followed by two more crucial meetings of the National Executive Council and National Council on Thursday.

The meetings come at a time when there is renewed conflict in the party, two weeks after party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said there was renewed unity within the party following talks aimed at bringing an end to months of infighting.

However rebels in the party, calling for the ouster of Tsvangirai, on Saturday dismissed reports of unity saying all is not rosy in the labour backed movement.

Several of the members linked to the renewal team said the meetings will be used to lift Elton Mangoma’ suspension and offer a truce.

‘The bottom line is that they need everyone back in the tent now,’ said one of the MPs linked to Mangoma’s plot to oust Tsvangirai.

Another member of the renewal team concurred that there was a possibility Mangoma’s suspension might be withdrawn, as it was one of their demands to re-convene a National Council meeting and deliberate over the suspension.

Two months ago a National Council meeting endorsed Mangoma’s suspension, but his close colleagues and Secretary General Tendai Biti said the meeting was improperly constituted and thus the suspension was null and void.

One of those close to Mangoma observed that if Tsvangirai brings sanity back into the party, he will effectively kill off the renewal team and any attempts to dislodge him.

Jacob Mafume, Mangoma’s lawyer, said he was not aware of what is going to be discussed but implored the party to talk about the current problems in a sober manner.

‘We need people to discuss the good of the party and not engage in divisive and personal issues that have seen the party regress disastrously in the last few months,’ Mafume.

Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, while confirming the party will discuss disciplinary issues, said he was not sure Mangoma will come up for discussion as there was a tribunal set to hear his case.

‘Lately we have individuals that have put the name of the party into disrepute and as such we are obligated as a party to take action against them,’ Mwonzora said.

One Responseto “MDC-T party to meet over infighting”

  1. Ndinodyagochajongwe says:

    I agree with Douglas Mwonzora but for different reasons because Mangoma is not the problem so there is no need to discuss Mangoma.

    My suggested agenda for the meeting runs as follows:

    1) why has the party allowed Tsvangirai to become bigger than the party itself?

    2) why has the party allowed Tsvangirai to make unilateral decisions, without consultation, on the party and the country’s destiny?

    3) Why has the party allowed Tsvangirai to remain unaccountable for his consistent failures and bad judgment?

    4) why has the party allowed Tsvangirai the latitude to allow matters of principle and values to become politically negotiable instruments to the point that that founding principles and values of the MDC formation have beendeviated from to the point of being trashed?

    5) How was Tsvangirai’s palatial home (palace) funded? Why has the party not called for an independent audit in the interests of transparency?

    6) Why has the party allowed Tsvangirai to lose focus as a result of his womanising and other personal behaviour?

    7) Strong rumour has it that CIO were involved in flaunting a series of women to entice Tsvangirai. If this is correct, should there not be an investigation on his more recent partners and their past allegiances?

    8) Why has there not been a full investigation into all the goings on to allow Zanu PF to gain ascendancy and steal the July election when it was common knowledge that NIKUV was paid $13 million to facilitate this theft?

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