Knives out as MDC meets

HARARE - Elton Mangoma, the MDC deputy treasurer, is awaiting a verdict on his future today as the MDC National Council leaders gather in Harare in a bid to put to rest calls for leadership renewal ripping the party apart.

All members of the National Council are meeting at Harvest House, the MDC headquarters in central Harare, where they are expected to draw up a proposal on Mangoma and his allies’ future.

As the high-stake talks open in Harare, Mangoma’s backers were planning to stage a protest at Harvest House against intra-party violence that has attracted harsh condemnation from Western diplomats and step up calls for Morgan Tsvangirai’s departure.

The meeting comes as Mangoma has stoked tension with stark words in a fresh letter seen as escalating the  push to remove Tsvangirai, who is now gunning for an extraordinary congress to put the matter to rest.

The Daily News understands there were emissaries sent to Tsvangirai by the party rebels yesterday to try and stop today’s meeting or at least defer it. Mangoma yesterday declined to comment, referring questions to his spokesperson Jacob Mafume - an ex-staffer in the former Prime Minister’s office.

“Every party does self-introspection after elections and we did that. I do not see any contradiction in what Mr Mangoma did,” Mafume said. He  described as unfortunate calls for Mangoma to be ousted.

“Anyone who claims to be democrat cannot allow Mangoma to be expelled,” Mafume said. “He cannot be persecuted for calling for democracy and expressing his opinion. There is nowhere in the constitution where a person must be expelled for simply expressing his opinion.”

Tsvangirai’s allies have dismissed any talk of his departure and called for “concrete and decisive action” against Mangoma.

On the other hand, Mangoma claims to be moving to step-up calls to halt the violence that has spilled into the courts, netting at least five party youths.

The Daily News understands the MDC has enlisted the services of the Zimbabwe Republic Police to maintain order and prevent an eruption of violence at Harvest House today.

It will be the first meeting since September last year, which will tackle among other key issues the undying calls for leadership renewal.

There are also mounting concerns that the ongoing power struggles, which have thrown the opposition into turmoil, are being fanned by donors fed-up with Tsvangirai’s 15 year reign, but the former trade unionist says he is not going anywhere.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC spokesperson, told the Daily News yesterday that the national council will tackle three main issues on the agenda: the strategy for 2014 and beyond, organisational renewal and disciplinary issues.

“The National Council, the party’s highest decision-making body between congresses, doesn’t meet regularly but when it meets, it makes major decisions ranging from setting dates for congress as well as disciplinary matters,” Mwonzora said.

He said elaborate security arrangements have been made ahead of today’s crucial meeting.

“We have made sure that security at the meeting will be tight,” Mwonzora said. “We are not going to allow people who should not attend the meeting to come and we  have also roped in the police to be around the place.”

Mwonzora declined to shed light on Mangoma’s fate, saying only the party’s national chairperson, Lovemore Moyo, is privy to the disciplinary action that will be taken against the chartered accountant.

“All the matters (including Mangoma) will be brought for discussion tomorrow and the chairman is going to announce his recommendations on the disciplinary measures that will be taken,” Mwonzora told the Daily News yesterday.

It is highly expected that Mangoma, who has a handful of disciples even among high ranking officials, is going to be heavily censured if not expelled from the party, a move regarded by his backers as unconstitutional and a violation of the party’s charter.

Comments (8)

Who should be expelled from the party? Is it Mangoma or those who are siphoning money from party coffers to sustain a Hollywood lifestyle? Surely MDC-T has been Zanunised. Tsvangirai must go!

Teabag Masamba - 7 March 2014

I think you guys have a problem. How can you just attack twangirai?ko mugabe our enemy. Let me state kuti twangirai is not the enemy. Imi vana biti namangoma go and join zanupf like what ncube and mutambara did.anyone against twangirai is a mugabe person. the struggle will continue without you guys.

herbert mhangami - 7 March 2014

Mangoma is the money stealer and must go form his humpty dumpty paty or join Welshame

TRIPE - 7 March 2014

You know Mr Mafume in political unions or parties it is very difficult to talk of expulsion of a member from the group, the reason is before fate arise the members will be close buddies and comrades in arms this alone entittles them to know each other`s strengths and weaknesses which should remain to be a secret to the general populace. In some quarters if we chant slogans tichiti pasi nevadzvanyiriri vamwe vobvumira kuti PASI, then in one of the days one of our members is found dining with the same enemy who we refer in our slogan, it simply means that he has also turned to be an enemy. And ndiye watiri kuti pasi naye in our case we dont talk of expulsion but we talk of total Elimination to avoid him to move around the country achitaura maweakness emusangano wedu. Unonzi musangano hakusi kubasaka kwamajaira imi machartered accountants kwekuti unoenda kuhearing... Mangoma is very fortunate that the party do not have the necessary apparatus to eliminate but hunhu hwake hunourayisa ndosaka nhasi tisina vanhu vakaita saChindori Chininga nhasi uno.

MANGOMANGAATSVE - 7 March 2014

since these splits started,1)Job Sikala&Group vs Tsvangirai, 2) Ncube&Group vs Tsvangirai, 3)Mangoma&Group vs Tsvangirai etc etc,why can't you see the trouble causer in all these factions,why why why???The common denominator here must just step aside for progress,otherwise Ndipo pakaperera SaRungano apa!!!

Chaitichouya Chikopokopo - 7 March 2014

kuti muzive kuti kunovhoterwa opposition party haasi iye Morgen Richard Tsvangirai akatanga nazvo, musiyeyi apedze zvaakatanga. musamhanya mhanya zvenyu nyaya dzenyika hadzina inonzi back log. saka dont worry change is certain and it is coming with non other than Tsvangirayi Morgen Richard muzodziwa kubva kudenga .

mangomangaabve - 7 March 2014

Why creat circus for ZANU pf? A team whose players are shouting at each other is beaten. Follow the rules of your Democratic Movement: 1. Discuss issues within your structures. 2. Exhaust all means to the end 3. Musafugura hapwa munotinhuhwidza 4. Don't rush to newspapers with raw information. 5. Don't seek cheap popularity by means of money. 6. Seek people power. Appeal to them with a sound mind. 7. Don't appeal to donors because you need money. Donors will perish and pass with their money, but leaders who have people on their side will survive the test of time. 8. Don't be pushed by emotions. Emotions will subside like dust that settles after a whirlwind. 9. Don't be swept by the whirlwind, or enjoy the dust within the whirlwind. Unosara pachena chamupupuri chaenda. 10. "Be still, and know that I am the Lord," said the Lord. So be still!!!! ANE NZEVE DZEKUNZWA NGAANZWE!

Boterekwa - 7 March 2014

ko mhosva yake mangoma ndeyeyi ?

spectator - 8 March 2014

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