Tsvangirai, Biti Discard Differences

Harare, March 25, 2014-MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and a group of party stalwarts calling for leadership change within the party have finally buried their differences, putting paid to speculation the country’s biggest opposition was on the verge of a split.

At a press briefing at the party’s Harvest House headquarters in central Harare Tuesday afternoon, Tsvangirai described the coming together of the feuding party leadership as “a very significant political development” in his party.

“On Friday last week we met as elected officers of the party, the national standing committee. The meeting was long; it was honest and frank discussion on developments in the party and in the country,” Tsvangirai.

“After that a frank heart-to-heart session, we all unanimously agreed that our disagreements in the cockpit, while confirming our credentials as a democratic party, had needlessly diverted attention from the key issues affecting the people of Zimbabwe.

“But we had realised that it was important for us to sit down as a party leadership to openly discuss and sort out our issues. I am proud to announce today that we have discussed our issues and there is now unprecedented harmony and unity of purpose in the MDC cockpit.”

During the press briefing, Tsvangirai paraded his entire top lieutenants among them secretary general Tendai Biti and Elias Mudzuri (perceived leaders of the renewal brigade), who however did not speak a word during the briefing.

Other party leaders who were present include his deputy Thokozani Khuphe, deputy national chair Morgen Komichi, National organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and his deputy Abednico Bhebhe, Women’s assembly chair Theresa Makone and Costa Machingauta, who stood in for party youth leader Solomon Madzore.