MDC women's wing backs Tsvangirai

The MDC's women's wing has thrown its support behind Morgan Tsvangirai, the party leader who is currently battling internal fissures as some key members seek his resignation.


Addressing journalists at the party's headquarters in Harare yesterday soon after the party's first National Executive Council meeting of the year, the Chairperson of the Women's Assembly, Theresa Makone said they were "clearly and solidly behind the party president".

"We disassociate ourselves from some statements in the public domain that are misrepresenting the facts on the life and health of our party.

"We discussed the leadership issue at length and we agreed that the officers of congress elected in 2011 should only go to elections after five years according to the party's statutes."

Makone dismissed statements in the public domain insinuating that calls for leadership renewal had intensified, arguing that such calls were not going to affect the congress scheduled for 2016.

She said: "There is no need for an emergency congress because nothing has happened inside our party that calls for an early congress."

She added that members of the party who had grievances must follow proper procedures to lodge their complaints although they were free to express their opinions in the public domain.

"We are a democratic party and people should be free to express their opinions. However, we would like for the party's National Chairperson, Lovemore Moyo to investigate how a document purportedly authored by Elton Mangoma criticising Tsvangirai's leadership ended up with the media," said Makone.

She added that the party's decision making body had agreed that leadership renewal issues were to be dealt with within the party's organisational structures.

Calls for Tsvangirai's resignation following his July 31 defeat at the hands of President Robert Mugabe within the MDC- T national executive are reportedly on the increase.

Mangoma, The MDC Deputy Treasurer has become the latest MDC national executive member advocating for Tsvangirai ouster after Treasurer, Roy Bennett and former Marondera central legislator, Ian Kay reportedly went public calling for leadership renewal.

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