Succession chaos rocks MDC -T

Succession chaos rocks MDC -T

January 10 2018 – HINTS by MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai’s that he may soon retire from politics may have plunged the opposition party into chaos, exposing the party’s internal fights, as some of its senior officials yesterday boycotted a key meeting.

Tsvangirai, who is suffering from cancer of the colon, on Monday hinted he may retire from politics, saying that a younger generation of politicians should take over the party’s reigns, this throwing the already faction-ridden party into chaos as battle-lines are said to be drawn over the succession of the opposition leader. See More

Though party spokesperson Obert Gutu has refuted reports that Tsvangirai is retiring and insists that he remains the Alliance’s presidential candidate,

The party is fiercely divided along two factions angling to succeed Tsvangirai: one allegedly led by Dr Thokozani Khupe and another fronted by Nelson Chamisa.

The cracks were exposed yesterday as the MDC-T held its national organising and elections directorate meeting chaired by its acting president, Engineer Elias Mudzuri.

Dr Khupe and Chamisa, among other senior officials, were allegedly conspicuous by their absence and the meeting was attended by deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi, secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, treasurer-general Theresa Makone, deputy national organising secretary,Amos Chibaya, secretary for information and publicity Obert Gutu, secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai, chief of staff Sesel Zvidzai, directors of various departments and several other senior staff members.”

Sources within the opposition party said their absence was a result of divisions in the MDC-T.

In SA long time Tsvangirai loyalists and former SA youth leader Shelton Chiyangwa sensationally announced his resignation, allegedly because of the “criminal elements that were now surrounding Tsvangirai.” This was followed by former radio personality UK based Eric Knight.

And It’s not the first time for senior party officials to boycott the party’s programmes.

Last year, Khupe boycotted party events after she and her lieutenants, who include national chairman Lovemore Moyo, party’s national organising secretary Abednigo Bhebhe, were bashed allegedly for protesting against the formation of the MDC Alliance. – Herald additional reporting reporter