MDC-T succession scare.

Posted: October 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Posted by Clayton Moyo

The MDC formation of Morgan Tsvangirai has issued a harsh response to an article by the weekly Financial Gazette on a report that its leader has to step down.
The report claims that Tsvangirai has to step down as the president of his faction as the constitutional guidelines of the party require him to do so.
MDC-T released a press statement scoffing at the paper saying it is nothing but the imaginations of the reporter.

It is nothing but a creation of the reporter’s fertile imagination designed to boost the newspaper’s sales while seeking to sow the seeds of confusion, despondency and uncertainty in the country.

It is clear that the party is not comfortable at all with the succession issue being brought to the public arena for scrutiny. Such a scornful response comes at a time when the party seems to have managed a power crisis between the secretary general and those behind the president.
Deputy spokesperson of the formation Tabitha Khumalo says the constitution of the party does not have any provisions limiting the president’s stay in office.
Reports say the party struck out clauses with limitations for terms of office of the president but the officials says the constitution drafted by National Constitutional Assembly leader Lovemore Matombo has never had such a clause.
The rival formation led by Professor Mutambara has revealed that its constitution does not allow the president, vice-president, secretary general and treasurer general’ s positions to be held by an individual for over two five year terms. The next congress of the party will be held early next year.
The MDC-T therefore resembles the ZANU PF constitutional tradition on the unlimited presidential terms of office.
Tsvangirai has been at the helm of the party since its formation. Speculations have indicated that the party’s secretary general Tendai Biti and organising secretary Elias Mudzuri have an interest in leading the formation.
The next congress is also expected in 2011.


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