MDC-T and Kay resolve differences over party leadership

The MDC-T and Ian Kay have amicably resolved their differences, which arose after the former MP for Marondera suggested recently that party leader Morgan Tsvangirai should step down.

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora
MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora

Kay, who insists his comments were taken out of context, said he is very happy with the outcome of the case as ‘there was never a problem.’

The former legislator’s comments last month left the party in turmoil when he reportedly told the media that the MDC-T was like a ‘soccer team’ and ‘if the coach continues losing, there is need for the technical board to sit down and deal with the issue.’

He continued: ‘There is need to plan ahead before the ship sinks and if there is need to change the coach, then let it be. Or should I say it is like a rusty bolt? There is need for it to be removed and replaced with a new one rather than leave it like that.’

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that following a one-on-one discussion he had with Kay he recommended to the party that the matter concerning the comments be regarded as resolved.

Mwonzora explained that the bone of contention between Kay and the party was the ‘irresponsible’ way he discussed the leadership renewal of the party with the media.

‘The party president has made it clear that it is not an offence to talk about his succession or leadership renewal. The only problem is when party members discuss it with outsiders.

‘The succession debate is exclusively for MDC-T members and the only person who can discuss the issue with the media is the party spokesman,’ Mwonzora said.

The party spokesman said Kay was very remorseful and he acknowledged he had made a mistake and promised that he was not going to repeat it.

‘Kay is a party cadre who has sacrificed a lot for the party and he has said sorry and we want people who own up to their mistakes,’ Mwonzora added. – SW Radio Africa

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