Nyathi suspended for fraud, violence

Party in-fighting has claimed the head of Bekithemba Nyathi, the party’s Youth Provincial Chairman for Bulawayo, who was suspended on 19 April pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing by the National Council.

Bekithemba Nyathi.
Bekithemba Nyathi.

“In terms of Article 8:23 and 8:24 of the MDC-T Constitution, we met as a Youth Provincial Council. We have recommended the suspension of our Chairman after affording him an opportunity to tell his side of the story in a meeting held on 17 April. We suspended him after noticing that there was a prima facie case warranting the institution of a properly constituted disciplinary hearing,” said Youth Provincial Secretary for Information and Publicity, Charles Moyo.

Part of the letter recommending Nyathi’s suspension, reads, “The Chairperson acted as a treasurer without the knowledge and consent of the province. He withdrew money from the Main Wing Treasurer Nikki Brown without the knowledge of the Youth Provincial Executive and converted it to his own personal use.

“He is accused of fraud and sabotage. He collected 48 soccer balls meant to help in the mobilization of youths. It’s now 8 months he has not even notified the Bulawayo Youth Provincial Executive about the existence of the balls.”

It is also alleged that Nyathi participated in organized violence and hired thugs that disrupted a Provincial Executive meeting on 17th of April 2014 resulting in one youth being attacked and injured.

“Elvis [Mujeri], the Bulawayo Central Youth Organising Secretary was beaten up by hired thugs brought by Nyathi. He fractured a rib when a stone thrown by Nyathi’s “hired thugs” hit him. If he doesn’t get treatment this condition can become permanent. After that Nyathi brought anti-riot police to arrest us when we are the victims,” seethed MDC-T Bulawayo Youth Deputy Organising Secretary Mlandu Ncube.

Some youths believe Nyathi got into trouble with his comrades for his alleged public declaration that, “Tsvangirai Must Go!” This slogan is associated in MDC-T circles with supporters of the Renewal Team led by expelled former Deputy National Treasurer, Elton Mangoma.

Nyathi is on record denying ever chanting the Renewal Team’s “Tsvangirai Must Go” motto. “Anybody who is a genuine MDC-T member knows that you can’t say that about Tsvangirai at the party offices,” he said.

Asked to comment on the numerous allegations levelled against him Nyathi dismissed the suspension saying: “That is the joke of the century. The MDC-T does not operate on watonga watonga (Kangaroo Court), so I won’t waste my time commenting.”

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