MDC-T Midlands structures to meet over Tsvangirai “suspension”

MDC-T’s Midlands North and South structures have lined up urgent meetings to take a position on the move by the party’s pro-reform rebels to suspend leader Morgan Tsvangirai and top officials.

Blessing Chebundo
Blessing Chebundo

According to lawyer Jacob Mafume who is the spokesperson of the rebels apparently led by Secretary General Tendai Biti, Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, Abednico Bhebhe, Morgan Komichi (Deputy Chair), Douglas Mwonzora (Secretary for Information) and Nelson Chamisa (Organising Secretary) were yesterday suspended by a “full quorum of the National Executive Council”.

They were accused of using violence to silence dissenting voices and general failure by Tsvangirai to remove President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) from power in the last five rounds of elections.

Midlands North’s MDC-T National Excutive Council member Blessing Chebundo confirmed that structures in the province will meet this afternoon in Kwekwe over the development.

“There has been concern, really great concern I can say, over the alleged suspension of Tsvangirai and some of our leaders. We are therefore meeting as a provincial body today in the afternoon to take a position on that matter,” he said.

Jameson Tsuro, the MDC-T Acting Organising Secretary and spokesperson for the Midlands South organ of the party said provincial executive members meet tomorrow on the matter.

“Details on what will have been decided shall be made available at 6pm tomorrow. We cannot say much now because it will pre-empt the deliberations,” said Tsuro.

According to sources, the two provincial structures plan to distance themselves from the suspensions of Tsvangirai and his cronies.

“The executives just want to unite in their position to show allegiance to Tsvangirai and those who are said to have been suspended. People still believe in Tsvangirai and are of the view that Zanu (PF) is sponsoring the leadership renewal team so as to weaken the party,” said an authoritative source in Gweru.

Another source said the Midlands North structures would endorse leadership of Tsvangirai and castigate the so-called suspensions.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T spokesperson has already slammed the suspensions describing them as a damp squib while Chamisa said the development is a product of madness.

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