MDC-T postpones retreat

A strategic retreat planned by the MDC-T for the weekend to deal with the crisis the party is facing after its contested defeat in the July 31 polls has been postponed, The Zimbabwean can reveal.

Tsvangirai had called his troops in a bid to fill growing fissures and calls for him to pass on the baton following a devastating defeat, a third at the hands of Zanu (PF) and its leader, President Robert Mugabe.

Sources say the meeting had been billed for the tourist resort of Nyanga in Manicaland province. Party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the development and told The Zimbabwean they were still working on logistics.

“It is true the retreat has been moved to next week to allow logistics to be put in place. There are various resource persons who we need to assist us with the meeting. We are working on making them available,” Mwonzora said.

Tsvangirai has participated in three presidential elections and lost all, claiming they have been rigged. However critics in the MDC-T have charged the party has lost also because of lack of direction and vibrant leadership.

The party’s long-standing treasurer, Roy Bennett, resigned last week saying he was frustrated at the arrogance of those in leadership.

“Tsvangirai is a victim of (electoral) fraud and there is no way that we can be tempted to victimise the victim,” he said.

Frustration is reported to be growing in MDC-T especially after the defeat this month, with some pushing the party leadership to meet the people and explain what went wrong.

MDC-T garnered only 49 seats against Zanu (PF)’s 160, while Mugabe got 61 percent of the total ballot tally, with Tsvangirai managing 34 percent.

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