Masvingo, April 16, 2014 – The MDC-T is on fire in Masvingo as officials in the faction-riddled provincial executive trade accusations and counter-accusations of trying to topple party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, among many other issues.
Some executive members loyal to Tsvangirai on Sunday held a meeting where those alligned to expelled deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma allegedly boycotted.
Mangoma, Promise Mkwananzi, Last Maengahama and Jacob Mafume were expelled from the party last week for indiscipline after calling for Tsvangirai’s ouster.
Tsvangirai’s sympathisers resolved to take over the party safe house in Masvingo’s low-density suburb of Rhodene and accused provincial chairman Wilstuff Sitemere and provincial secretary Tongai Matutu of failing to convene a single meeting after the party’s dismal performance in the general elections last year.
However, at a hurriedly organised Press conference at the contested property at number 32 Marula Street, which they allegedly had to break the lock to gain access, the so-called rebels, led by Sitemere, Matutu and provincial spokesperson Harrison Mudzuri, said the Sunday meeting by the rival faction was a “bogus one”.
“They invited people to a bogus provincial meeting chaired by Boas Manyanye, secretary for elections, and Dereck Charamba, secretary for legal affairs, where they announced that they had taken over the party office from the rebels,” Matutu said.
“They did not constitute a quorum as 13 members out of 38 attended. Any resolutions they passed are null and void.”
Matutu said the meeting was a serious breach of the party’s constitution and an act of misconduct. He said they had resolved to suspend Charamba and Manyanye.
However, secretary for international relations Tachiona Chiminya, from the Tsvangirai faction, who stormed the Press conference, shot back at Matutu, saying the suspension of Charamba and Manyanye was null and void.
“They do not have the mandate to suspend anyone. The provincial council is the only organ that can suspend anyone according to the MDC-T constitution. They are just a management committee,” Chiminya said.
He said the Sunday meeting, which he claimed was fully constituted as there were 24 people in attendance, was convened after they realised that Sitemere and Matutu had failed to have a postmortem of the elections.
“The party here has not been active since the elections. The last meeting they called for was for candidate selection. We wrote to the chairman and secretary saying we want a meeting and they did not respond. We then told them that we were inviting them for the meeting, but they boycotted.
After all, they were campaigning for Mangoma in Masvingo so we are surprised if they still belong to the MDC-T,” Chiminya said.
The rebels left in a huff after Chiminya came with a truckload of Tsvangirai sympathisers.