Man in hiding after challenging appointment of MDC- T vice presidents

PATRICE Marimoga, the MDC T youth leader who took his party President’s Morgan Tsvangirai to court in July over the appointment of two more vice presidents said he was living in fear as some party youths are baying for his blood.

“Things are not well. I have been living at the embassy since July after they attacked me at my house in Manyame Park. When I tried to go back home last week, they visited my house at midnight and were chanting slogans denouncing me,” he says.

Marimoga, who is challenging the constitutionality of Tsvangirai’s appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to the party’s presidium, says there was no more democracy in the MDC-T as people were not free to criticise wrong decisions made by those in leadership.

“I took the case to court because Section 4 (6) of the MDC constitution is clear that positions from President to National Spokesperson are elected at Congress. Tsvangirai has no power to appoint the two vice presidents,” he says, refuting allegations that he was suing Tsvangirai on behalf of some senior party officials who had interests in the positions, saying he was his own man.

He says he is not against Tsvangirai but only wants things to be done the right way, adding lawyers in the party should have known that the move was unconstitutional.

“I have the right to express myself, I joined the party on my own volition and I make my own decisions,” he says adding that he had lost confidence in the MDC-T leadership.

Efforts to get a comment from MDC-T national spokesperson, Obert Gutu were unsuccessful, as he asked this reporter to call back after ten minutes but didnot pick up his phone after being called back.

The party’s national council met in July and agreed that Tsvangirai should appoint two more vice presidents to help him and vice president Thokozani Khupe in what political analysts say are part of his succession plans.

During the time, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson was quoted as saying that the appointments were above board as the party’s constitution had been amended.

“The party constitution was amended at the last congress and he is empowered to make such appointments.The national council met yesterday and he is exercising his powers in terms of the Constitution and in line with the directive of the national council,” a local daily quoted him as saying in July soon after the appointments. –ANA

12/20/2016