Tsvangirai’s MDC party leadership meets

October 12, 2011 1:03 pm 0 comments

HARARE — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party leadership was meeting late yesterday to tackle various issues amid indications that they were discussing the suspension of Harare provincial spokesperson Senator Obert Gutu among other issues.

Gutu was suspended by Harare province for comments attributed to him by whistle blower website, WikiLeaks.

The party was also expected to discuss the Roy Bennett issue, who yesterday expressed surprise that he had been replaced as deputy minister of agriculture.

The move, according to observers, is an attempt to resolve differences in the party that were brought to the foe by the leaked cables. Gutu was suspended despite calls by Tsvangirai for party members to ignore the leaked cables.

Douglas Mwonzora, party spokesperson told the Daily News yesterday that the party’s supreme decision-making body would deliberate on the issue.

“Our president advised us not to allow the WikiLeaks exposures to split the party and that is the party’s position. We will find out why the Harare province suspended him. Maybe there are other causes to the suspension than the WikiLeaks,” said Mwonzora.

Although Mwonzora was at pains to downplay the effect of the WikiLeaks cables to the party’s cohesion, sources within the MDC said friction in the party has escalated as a result of the exposures.

Tsvangirai’s loyalists are allegedly baying for the blood of those implicated in the reports.

Sources in the MDC told the Daily News yesterday that tension was escalating in the party as Tsvangirai’s loyalists want those implicated to face the music.

According to sources, members of the shadowy kitchen cabinet, a lose congregation of perceived Tsvangirai loyalists, have drawn out daggers against the perceived sell-outs.

MDC national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa and Gutu were reported to have told the US ambassador Charles Ray in January 2010 that Tsvangirai was “inept, indecisive and weak.”

They also attacked Tsvangirai’s right hand man, Ian Makone, who is chief secretary in the premier’s office, describing him as a poor strategist with bad influence on the premier.

Tendai Biti, MDC secretary general and treasurer Roy Bennett, now exiled in South Africa, told the Americans that Tsvangirai was a weak political operator who “does what the last person tells him to do”, and lacked strategic direction for the MDC.

But so far, Gutu had been the sole casualty of the cables.

“Gutu is being sacrificed to reach out to Chamisa and Biti. They want to take Gutu’s case as precedence. The MDC kitchen cabinet wants to use WikiLeaks as a way to hit their enemies. Makone is definitely driving the agenda through the youth league,” said the source.

While Tsvangirai has urged his party to ignore the exposures, his equal number in ZANU PF, President Robert Mugabe has not officially commented, living those implicated in his party hanging.

Most of Mugabe’s inner cabal including his two vice presidents told the Americans that they wanted the aging leader to go.

ZANU PF secretary for administration, a hard core Mugabe loyalist Didymus Mutasa, has called for action against the perpetrators.

Article source: http://www.zimbabwemetro.com/?p=28592

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