“The leadership is descending on people who are involved in this matter. I can confirm to you that President Tsvangirai and the party leadership is travelling to Bulawayo to stamp our authority and put a full stop to the long play of nonsense in Bulawayo, ” Nelson Chamisa, MDC-T national spokesperson told a media briefing in Harare on Saturday.
He said what is happening in Bulawayo is against the party principles and those who were involved in the violence during the provincial elections would be punished no matter how senior they were in the party.MDC-T Bulawayo elections were once again marred by violence on Friday with members of the Gorden Moyo faction clashing with those belonging to the Matson Hlalo faction leading to the postponement of the election process.
The elections followed similar incidents earlier this month where rival MDC-T factions clashed leading to the postponement of the first elections.Earlier this month the provincial elections of the MDC-T in Matabeleland were marred by intra-party violence with beer bottles, stones, baseball bats, iron bars and fists used by that party’s supporters to pound each other.
Losing candidate, Hlalo refused to accept defeat in the intra-party poll, citing violence and rigging. The MDC-T national executive refused to recognise Hlalo’s plea by nullifying the results. Moyo remains the elected representative.The position of the Party President was not challenged meaning that Tsvangirai is going to be voted the party’s President for the third term.