The disgruntled officials were lobbying for the postponement of the elections.Four legislators including Minister of Public Service Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro who doubles as Gutu South MP, Tichaona Mharadze for Masvingo West, Festus Dumbu for Zaka West and Edmore Marima for Bikita East boycotted the congress.The division between MDC-T in Masvingo has seen 841 delegates out of possible 1 200 from all over the province attending the congress. The faction that is allegedly led by Prof Mkonoweshuro is accused of moving around the province campaigning for Masvingo Urban MP Tongai Matutu’s ouster from provincial executive.
Sources told Radio Vop that Matutu and Mkonoweshuro no longer see eye to eye.
“ The two guys can not even talk to each other, their enemity which started long back is now growing into a nasty game. The tension heightened when matutu was appointed to become a deputy Minister.
“ People like Mkonoweshuro wanted Marima to be the deputy minister not Matutu, ” said the source.
“The date for the provincial congress elections has now been set for April 2, 2011, ” reads part of the letter from Mashakada.However, Mharadze who walked out and decided to his constituency described Saturday’s congress as a non-event.“ We don’t know what they were doing in Mucheke. It is a non-event according to us. Maybe they held a rally but all the same we don’t know the agenda of their rally. I am sure the congress is going to be held next week, ” said Mharadze.
Saturday’s congress saw a lot of provincial executive members returning their positions unopposed. Wilstuff Sitemere remained the provincial chairman, Tongai Matutu was not opposed at the position of the provincial secretary, Harrison Mudzuri who is MP for Zaka Central replaced Chiredzi based member Dust Zivave on the position of provincial spokesperson while Masvingo city mayor Alderman Fermias Chakabuda is now the provincial treasurer, the position which was formally held by Chivi North losing candidate Bernad Chondegwa.
Chiondegwa did not attend the congress.Masvingo central constituency legislator Jeffreyson Chitando remained the provincial director of elections.Chitando said they were not afraid of having the congress on April 10 but they just observed the directive from the national executive.
“ We can have this election any time and win. We are not afraid of anyone. Those who knew they were not going to win opted to boycott. I assure you, those who are elected are the best candidates for those positions, ” Chitando said.