No turmoil within the party – MDC

2013-08-06 08:33

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The MDC-T has poured cold water over reports that there is turmoil in the party and it was imploding following a crushing defeat by Zanu-PF at the polls last week.

The party’s organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said there was no such thing. He was responding to media reports that some of the party’s senior members have decided to disregard Morgan Tsvangirai’s call to boycott the government that will emerge following the polls.

On Saturday, Tsvangirai had told a press conference that his party would not “legitimise the illegitimate” by being party to any institutions that will be formed by the post-election government.

However, yesterday local media reported senior MDC-T members who won some of the 49 parliamentary seats would “rebel should Tsvangirai press ahead with his boycott agenda”.

Chamisa dismissed the reports as nonsense. “There is no such. People are just trying to create scandal where there is no scandal. There is no turmoil in the party. We are united as ever. We can’t rely on stories based on nameless sources,” he said.

The Herald, a newspaper owned and published by the Zimbabwean government, quoted three anonymous MDC-T provincial chairpersons who are also parliamentarians as saying the party could easily split and self-destruct over the issue.

“We would go to parliament. Even if he recalls us and causes a by-election, he will not win because no one would either vote or choose to represent the MDC-T because they fear to face the same consequences where decisions are made unilaterally.”

Another legislator told the paper that disengaging from all government and parliamentary activities was pointless as, with its two-thirds majority, Zanu-PF will be able to enact laws and change the constitution if it so wishes.

Chamisa also laughed off rumours that it was high-noon for the party as Tsvangirai was preparing to face off with the party’s secretary-general Tendai Biti, who is said to have ambitions to take over as the MDC-T’s president.

As secretary-general, Biti who is one of the few legislators who will represent the party in Parliament and will lead its caucus there, is said to have an upper hand over Tsvangirai.

Following the defeat, Tsvangirai will now leave government and go back to his office at the party’s headquarters in downtown Harare.

Chamisa said: “Tsvangirai remains our leader and its back to the drawing board for new strategies for us. For now, as we reported on Saturday, we will be contesting the results in court.”

President Robert Mugabe walked over Tsvangirai in the controversial election, which saw him bag 61.09% of the votes.

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