"MDC Will Fire Those Against Chamisa, Mudzuri Appointments"

Published: 2016 July 31 09:04:09 (3765 Views)

The decision by MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai to appoint two more Vice Presidents has led to a war within the party, with calls to fire those against the apointment of  Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to vice-presidents post emerging.

Tsvangirai’s  elevation of Chamisa and Mudzuri almost sparked a fist fight last week in a heated standing committee meeting.

According to impeccable sources, some of the MDC-T’s 11 standing committee members who attended the meeting in Harare on Wednesday exchanged harsh words over Tsvangirai’s decision to appoint Chamisa and Mudzuri.

Those opposed to the appointments reportedly argued that the decision was ultra vires the party’s constitution and should be reversed.

They started by quizzing Tsvangirai on why Chamisa and Mudzuri were sitting at the top table.

“Tsvangirai said he wanted them to familiarise with their new roles while he reports back to the national council of his appointments. This did not go down well with some members,” the senior official said.

“This forced Charlton Hwende to propose that those who opposed Tsvangirai’s appointments should be fired from the party.

“He even said there would be no harm if the party split. But Obert Gutu charged at him, telling him to shut up and called him an idiot.

“Hwende could not take it and there were some bitter exchanges in front of Tsvangirai.”

Those opposed to Tsvangirai’s appointments said the MDC-T leader violated the party’s constitution, which according to section 9(1)(2), he should uphold.
They also argued that according to section 6 of the party’s constitution, Tsvangirai could not appoint vice-presidents.

Instead, the vice-presidents should be appointed through congress, according to section 9(1)(2).

In the event that the national council gives Tsvangirai the power to make such appointments, it should be by way of a secret ballot and there should be consensus.

While Hwende was not reachable for comment yesterday, Gutu was evasive on the matter.

“There is nothing like that; our meetings are very private and confidential and very cordial. It was chaired by president Tsvangirai,” Gutu said.

Hwende is a staunch supporter of Chamisa in the MDC-T succession politics, while Gutu, Mwonzora and others are believed to be backing Khupe. They view Chamisa and Mudzuri’s appointments as a blow to Khupe’s ambitions to succeed Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai, who is said to have quilled the infighting, agreed to appoint a committee led by Mwonzora to regularise the appointments.

- The Standard

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