MDC-T youths demand Gutu ouster over VPs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE MDC-T youth league wants op­po­si­tion party spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu ousted from his post for al­legedly ab­di­cat­ing his re­spon­si­bil­ity when he an­nounced that he would not com­ment on is­sues re­lated to the ap­point­ment of Mr Nel­son Chamisa and En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri as party vice pres­i­dents.

The youth league will con­vene its meet­ing to­mor­row where it is ex­pected to push for the re­moval of Mr Gutu from the po­si­tion of party spokesper­son.

A fort­night ago, MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai ap­pointed Mr Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri in a de­vel­op­ment that shocked sev­eral se­nior mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion.

Sub­se­quent to the de­vel­op­ment, Mr Gutu posted a mes­sage on his Face­book page that any com­ments re­gard­ing the ap­point­ments should be di­rected to Mr Ts­van­gi­rai.

“As the MDC-T na­tional spokesper­son, kindly be ad­vised that I have ab­so­lutely no com­ment to make on the ap­point­ments for the of­fice of the vice pres­i­dent that were an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence in Harare on July 15, 2016. I re­fer all ques­tions and/or en­quiries to Pres­i­dent Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai,” read the state­ment posted by Mr Gutu.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s spokesper­son, Mr Luke Tam­borinyoka, has since then been re­spond­ing to me­dia en­quiries sur­round­ing the ap­point­ments which rocked the op­po­si­tion party with most feel­ing that it was in vi­o­la­tion of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion.

An of­fi­cial in the MDC-T youth league said Mr Gutu should con­vey the po­si­tion of the party notwith­stand­ing whether he agreed with it or not.

“By re­fer­ring the me­dia to Mr Ts­van­gi­rai, he was re­fus­ing to dis­charge his duty as was man­dated by congress,” said an of­fi­cial in the youth league.

Another source said the youth as­sem­bly would meet to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) to rec­om­mend his re­moval.

MDC-T youth as­sem­bly na­tional chair­per­son Mr Love­more Chinop­utsa con­firmed that they would con­vene a meet­ing to­mor­row but de­clined to com­ment on whether the Gutu is­sue would be tabled.

“I can’t di­vulge the agenda of our meet­ing to the me­dia,” said Mr Chinop­utsa.

But another source said the po­si­tion of the youth was sup­ported by other arms of the party and the is­sue would be tabled be­fore the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive and na­tional coun­cil that meets on the same day.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Mr Gutu said there was no need to read too much into his state­ment.

“I re­ally shouldn’t dwell on petty is­sues that seek to di­vide rather than unite the MDC. Luke Tam­borinyoka is the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son and di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in our party. I’m the na­tional party spokesper­son. Al­ready, of­fi­cial state­ments have been pub­licly dis­sem­i­nated re­gard­ing the ap­point­ment of two ad­di­tional vice pres­i­dents by pres­i­dent Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai. There is nei­ther any confusion and/or mis­un­der­stand­ing sur­round­ing these ap­point­ments. Of course, our de­trac­tors and other Zanu-PF agents might want to cause confusion, alarm and de­spon­dency amongst the rank and file of our party cadres by spread­ing false, mis­lead­ing and ma­li­cious fab­ri­ca­tions against some party lead­ers.I’m com­pletely un­fazed by the work,” said Mr Gutu.

Mr Obert Gutu

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