Tsvangirai Violates MDC Constitution

Tsvangirai Violates MDC Constitution
Published: 2016 July 18 07:01:48 (1116 Views)
MCD-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai has been brought under fire by senior party officials for allegedly violating the party's constitution after his decision to promote Elias Mudzuri and Nelson Chamisa to be vice presidents.

Tsvangirai's appointment of the two additional vice presidents has been viewed by some circles as a move to ease rivalry over his succession, after he was diagnosed with colony cancer.

“Kindly be advised that the position of VP, in terms of the MDC constitution, is an elective post. In accordance with the amended party constitution, only the deputy secretary general, the deputy treasurer general, the deputy national organising secretary and the deputy national spokesperson are appointed positions, effectively meaning that the party president can appoint people to occupy these positions” a senior MDC-T official who refused to be named said yesterday.

Tsvangirai's decision is said to have shock his second in command, Thokozani Khupe, who claimed she knew nothing of the appointments.

The announcement also side swiped MDC-T Spokesperson, Obert Gutu, who also claimed he was in the dark on the appointments.

But a party official close to Tsvangirai viciously defended the appointments and branded those voicing their concern noisemakers ignorant of the constitution despite having been in the party for many years.

“In between congresses, the national council has got the powers to fill vacant positions. The constitution empowers MDC-T president to create any new positions within the national executive council of the party. He is also empowered to abolish and reassign portfolio secretaries. He also has power to create or appoint officers to those positions subject to confirmation by the national council which is the supreme decision-making body between congresses,” said the party official.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with the appointment of Chamisa and Mudzuri. Those people opposed to their appointments are ignorant of the MDC-T constitution including very senior people in the party. Most of them have been in the party for a very long time but do not read the party constitution. They assume things. Chamisa is a lawyer and there is nowhere he would cooperate with his appointment if it was unconstitutional. Those opposed to the appointments are factional players.”

The official said the two positions were new in the party and hence Tsvangirai had to make appointments instead of waiting for congress in 2019.

MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu yesterday would not comment over the matter when contacted. “I’m just arriving home from the airport. I was in Victoria Falls attending the Law Society of Zimbabwe winter school and would need time to familiarise myself with what transpired in my absence,” he said.

Those opposed to the appointment of the two MDC-T vice presidents stretch as far as arguing that Mr Tsvangirai negated regional balance of power as all the deputies have their roots in Masvingo. Mr Chamisa is from Gutu while Eng Mudzuri comes from Zaka. Although Ms Khupe comes from Matabeleland North, her mother is from Masvingo.

- Chronicle

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