MDC postpones crucial meeting

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday cancelled a crucial standing committee meeting meant to discuss the bloody spate of intra-party violence in Bulawayo that saw deputy president Thokozani Khupe assaulted by party youths.

Khupe and some party leaders from the main opposition’s stronghold Matabeleland provinces are said to be not happy with the way the party has fast-tracked the coalition alliance as they feel there were outstanding issues to be considered concerning their region.

Instead, Tsvangirai attended the National People’s Party (NPP) convention in Harare on a day he also suspended five officials over the violence which has overshadowed the successful launch of the MDC alliance.

Tsvangirai was picked to represent Zimbabwe’s opposition alliance in the presidential election expected in the third quarter of next year, his fourth time as a presidential candidate.

His nomination was announced by leaders of the MDC Alliance at a Zimbabwe Grounds rally on Saturday — an event boycotted by Khupe.

The alliance and the internal resistance to it were high on the agenda of the standing committee meeting which should have been held yesterday.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the postponement.

“The national standing committee meeting will be held on a date to be advised,” Gutu said.

“There are other pressing commitments that have arisen along the way. As you know, coalition negotiations are not a sprint but a marathon.

“A lot of discussions are still taking place before the final shape of the coalition deal is sealed. So far, so good.

“Just hold your horses; everything is going to be alright. We are seasoned politicians and we know exactly what we are doing and where we are going.”

Tsvangirai was said to be attending the inaugural convention of Joice Mujuru’s NPP party.

Comments (1)

What Tsvangirai is telling Khupe is that what is important for the coalition is to support Tsvangirai secure his own post,that of president,(given that he has never won a parliamentary seat),while Khupes own job as an MP is sacrificed,when Tsvangirai tells Khupe,"..You cant change government by winning seats,more or less implying he is ok winning presidency in a Parliament full of ZANU PF MPs.Just how stupid.

Cde Manesi - 11 August 2017

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