Monday, 28 April 2014

D-Day for Biti, MDC-Team

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
SUSPENDED MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai says he will today expel all members who instigated his suspension from the party on Saturday and those that are supporting the move. This comes as one of the MDC-T’s provinces — Chitungwiza, yesterday threw its weight behind Mr Tsvangirai, describing him as the only party leader.

The decision to fire secretary general Mr Tendai Biti and his group was taken by the party’s nine standing committee members yesterday and is set to be ratified at today’s national executive and council meetings.

Those absent include self-exiled treasurer Mr Roy Bennett and members of the renewal team, Messrs Biti, Elton Mangoma and Solomon Madzore.
Although suspended MDC-T organising secretary, Mr Nelson Chamisa, refused to reveal the fate of the renewal team last night, he intimated that today was their D-Day.
Morgan Tsvangirai (right) and Tendai Biti
“Tomorrow (today) is the D-Day for all those who formed their parties and those who rebelled against the party,” he said.
“Biti has formed his party and it appears he has taken on board Solomon Madzore (youth assembly chairperson).”

Mr Chamisa said Mr Biti and his colleagues had no locus standi to suspend, let alone expel any member of the standing committee from the party.
He said in terms of the party’s constitution, such decisions would require 100 percent endorsement by members of the national council and could not be done outside congress.

Mr Chamisa said Mr Biti and his colleagues found a new home because they had resolved to cut ties with the MDC-T family.
“He has formed a political party. Why should a person form a party and abandon it? Ungati iwe uri mubhazi reMDC iwe uri pacarrier?”

Chitungwiza provincial chairman, Mr Alexio Musundire, said Mr Tsvangirai was not suspended.
Meanwhile, Mr Biti yesterday wrote to the Speaker of Parliament Cde Jacob Mudenda, saying Mr Tsvangirai had no capacity to expel members of his faction from Parliament.

In his letter where he labelled ‘Mr Tsvangirai’s faction a fascist group’, Mr Biti said MDC-T now had two national councils and the one that had the secretary-general on its side was superior.
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