Chaos rocks MDC-T Masvingo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Ge­orge Maponga in Masvingo

THE MDC-T has been rocked by fresh chaos in Masvingo af­ter some se­nior party lead­ers in the prov­ince hand­picked their al­lies to fill va­can­cies in the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing a sham­bolic pro­vin­cial coun­cil meet­ing held last week.

Dis­grun­tled mem­bers of the MDC-T Masvingo pro­vin­cial coun­cil from 24 out of the 26 party dis­tricts were left fum­ing af­ter the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive led by chair Mr James Gumbi ap­pointed their as­so­ci­ates to fill va­cant posts in­stead of open­ing the floor to vot­ing by se­cret bal­lot.

There are now fears that sim­mer­ing fis­sures in the be­lea­guered party in Masvingo might widen un­less the move to hand­pick the pro­vin­cial trea­surer, deputy trea­surer, deputy sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity and deputy sec­re­tary, are re­versed.

Sources said the four new pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers who were ush­ered into of­fice dur­ing the week­end pro­vin­cial coun­cil meet­ing were al­lies of newly-ap­pointed MDC-T vice pres­i­dent Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa, who is keen to con­sol­i­date his hold in Masvingo.

A Ms Matara was ap­pointed the new pro­vin­cial trea­surer, fill­ing the va­cancy left af­ter the el­e­va­tion of busi­ness­man Mr Takanai Mureyi into the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Former Gutu sen­a­tor Mr Em­pire Maka­mure was ap­pointed to fill the newly-cre­ated post of deputy trea­surer while a Mr Masocha and a Mr Mupindu were ap­pointed deputy pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary and sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity re­spec­tively.

Party in­sid­ers said all the four ap­pointees were Ad­vo­cate Chamisa’s al­lies.

‘’There were no elec­tions as should be. The pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship led by (Mr) Gumbi just an­nounced names of in­di­vid­u­als they had hand­picked to oc­cupy the four va­cant posts. The is­sue caused a lot of dis­sat­is­fac­tion which will worsen in-fight­ing be­cause we were sup­posed to go for elec­tions,’’ said a pro­vin­cial coun­cil mem­ber, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous.

Mr Gumbi jus­ti­fied the ap­point­ments say­ing elec­tions would di­vide the party ahead of the crunch 2018 elec­tions.

The MDC-T Masvingo chair rub­bished claims that se­nior pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers hand­picked their al­lies and skirted elec­tions.

Hon David Chap­fika stresses a point dur­ing the Li­ai­son and Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee Re­treat at a Bu­l­awayo ho­tel

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