Zim­babwe: Op­po­si­tion MDC sus­pends Ts­van­gi­rai

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

A BBC re­porter in Zim­babwe says the MDC ap­pears to be head­ing for a split that will only strengthen Mr Mu­gabe’s hold on power.

Sev­eral other se­nior party fig­ures were also re­ported to have been sus­pended at Satur­day’s meet­ing, and some sus­pended mem­bers to have been re­in­stated.

The MDC state­ment said the party had been “trans­formed into a fief­dom of the leader” un­der Mr Ts­van­gi­rai. It also ac­cused him of spon­sor­ing a cul­ture of vi­o­lence against MDC mem­bers not aligned with him.

MDC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Tendai Biti, who spoke to jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing, said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai and some other se­nior of­fi­cials had “be­trayed” the MDC’s strug­gle, AFP re­ported.

But an MDC spokesper­son, Dou­glas Mwon­zora, main­tained that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai re­mained the MDC’s le­git­i­mate leader.

“This was not a na­tional coun­cil meet­ing,” he told AFP.

David Coltart, a found­ing mem­ber of the MDC, told the BBC that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s sus­pen­sion - al­though not un­ex­pected - was a bad thing for democ­racy in Zim­babwe.”I’m not sur­prised this has hap­pened be­cause ten­sions have been brew­ing for quite a long time.

“But I am con­cerned about this. What we need in the op­po­si­tion is con­sol­i­da­tion, not fur­ther split­ting.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai has led MDC for the last 15 years.

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