MDC MPs fight over parly seat

HARARE - Fissures have appeared in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC in Mashonaland East's Chikomba district as bigwigs compete for political space ahead of primary elections set for early next year.

The province’s chairperson Piniel Denga who is also Mbare  House of Assembly member wants to challenge incumbent Chikomba Central Member of Parliament, Moses Jiri.

In a letter dated December 17, 2012 addressed to party national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, a copy of which is in possession of the Daily News, Jiri complains of being attacked, humiliated and having his political space invaded by Denga.

Jiri said Denga had abandoned his Mbare constituency to fight him in Chikomba since his election as provincial chairperson last year.

“I write to you complaining about serious attacks and humiliation on my person which I have to endure from the Mashonaland East provincial chairperson.

“Since 2006, when I defeated him in the primary election, he keeps fighting me and is not relenting.
“Consequently he has neglected his constituency and became Mash East chairperson to give more vigour to his fight…,” wrote Jiri.

Jiri has reportedly lost support of the party’s rank and file both in the constituency and in the province.

In the letter, Jiri also complains that Denga used his position as provincial chairperson and close association with Tsvangirai to force himself into district meetings without invitation.

“I was surprised to see the provincial chair at one of our meetings and the district executive queried why he had attended without their knowledge and the meeting was cancelled.

“He came back for another meeting with a dubious circular that gave him the mandate to supervise our programmes which the provincial organising secretary denied any knowledge of.

“He boasted of having the backing of the president and accused me of not properly accounting for Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

“How can a fellow MP audit another MP’s CDF,” part of the letter reads.

The letter was also copied to the party president , secretary-general and national chairperson.

Jiri admitted he authored the letter but refused to discuss the issues saying it was party business that could not be discussed with the press.

Contacted for comment, Denga  said there was unity in the province but castigated Jiri for neglecting his people only to blame him when the same people rejected him.

Denga said he was invited to the constituency by the people there because they wanted his leadership and that he had a cordial working relationship dating back to the 2000 and 2005 elections.

“There are no divisions in the province and we are as united as ever. Jiri only has himself to blame for his predicament.

“He orphaned his constituency by not coming back since he was elected — the people tell me as chairperson and they have demanded an account of how he used his CDF allocation but he becomes abusive to them,” said Denga.

“I am a servant of the people and when they ask me to provide leadership like they are doing in Chikomba Central, I have an obligation to answer the clarion call to duty.

“I however, will have to first say goodbye to the people of Mbare whom I also have a good relationship with and that is in the pipeline,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Chikomba East the battle is even more intriguing as Tsvangirai’s acting spokesperson William Bango who narrowly lost to Zanu PF’s Edgar Mbwembwe in 2008 will most likely battle it out with Zimbabwe Economic Society president Lovemore Kadenge who is reportedly eyeing the same constituency.

Although he has not officially declared his interests in the constituency, Kadenge spent the whole Christmas holiday with the party structures at Warikandwa, Matove and Maware, dishing out Christmas presents.

Bango was non committal about his continued interest in the constituency saying he would make a decision when the time comes.

“We will see the colour of the sky when the clouds clear,” was all he said. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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