Tsvangirai sued over VP appointments

HARARE - Two members of the MDC have dragged the party’s leader Morgan Tsvangirai to the High Court, in a bid to nullify his appointment of Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as vice presidents.

In the application filed yesterday — by Patson Murimoga and George Rice — Tsvangirai, Chamisa, Mudzuri, MDC national chairman Lovemore Moyo and MDC are cited as respondents.

In his affidavit, Murimoga accused Tsvangirai of failing to follow the party’s constitution in the appointment of Chamisa and Mudzuri.

He said that he has the right to participate in everything that happens in the party, as a member who composed several jingles that Tsvangirai used in the run-up to the 2013 general elections.

“I seek that this honourable court declare the first respondent (Tsvangirai)’s actions of appointing second and third respondents (Chamisa and Mudzuri) deputy presidents of the fifth respondent (MDC) to be in violation of the fifth respondent’s constitution and therefore null and void…,” Murimoga said.

He argued that such appointments in terms of the party’s constitution are made after the candidates elected directly by the congress from nominations made by the provinces.

Murimoga said even though Tsvangirai claimed that he was authorised by the National Council to make the appointments, the National Council cannot usurp the decisions that are supposed to be made by the congress. He said the National Council and Tsvangirai are not empowered to appoint a deputy president.

“The National Council is not an elective forum, in that there are no elections done in the National Council particularly of the deputy president while at the congress there are elections done,” he argued.

He further said that Chamisa and Mudzuri were not nominated by any province.

Murimoga and Rice now seek an order nullifying Tsvangirai’s appointments.

“The appointments of second and third respondents as deputy presidents of fifth respondent by first respondent’s constitution be and is hereby declared as null and void,” reads part of the order the pair is seeking.

Comments (2)

KWAI CHII,Zvanzi ndini nadakaita majingles....ndopandinakidza shamwari you jingles were of poor quality your messege etc was of poor maginituted and no attractive at all.......come 2018 we do not need people with poor marketing messeges like you anymore.....we need people who can inspire a spirit of change not yours my man.Back to your high court challenge I do no see anything wrong....by the day what we need is delivery my friend.....mudzuri was the organising secretary 2008 and I myself I not like him and because he is a hardwoker and strategist I need him to be there and chamisa though a poor organiser but has some experience needed..and come 2018 we are expecting good results especially with mudzuri on the planning table......my man still those people will go for congress latter...so you need morgan to call for an extra..ordinary congress..why....tichakudzinga kumusangano you are attracting un nessesary attention to our president and party...

dofo - 22 July 2016

@Dofo, irrespective of whether the above wrote the jingles or not or the quality of the jiggles is besides the point. These two gentlemen need to be applauded, the constitution of the party is supreme & must be adhered to, otherwise there will not be a need to replace one dictator with another. Charity begins at home & if MDC have done everything within their constitution then the courts will be the best way of testing this.

MJombo - 23 July 2016

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