MDC-T ac­tivist goes into hid­ing As Ts­van­gi­rai fu­els vi­o­lence within party

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Zva­maida Mur­wira Harare Bureau

MDC-T ac­tivist Mr Part­son Mu­ri­moga, who re­cently took op­po­si­tion party leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai to the High Court for uni­lat­er­ally ap­point­ing party vice pres­i­dents, has gone into hid­ing af­ter be­ing threat­ened by party youths for hu­mil­i­at­ing their leader.

Mr Mu­ri­moga dragged Mr Ts­van­gi­rai to the High Court last month ac­cus­ing him of hand­pick­ing Kuwadzana East MP Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa and War­ren Park MP Engi­neer Elias Mudzuri as vice pres­i­dents against the pro­vi­sions of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion that stip­u­late that such ap­point­ments be done by congress.

Fol­low­ing the court chal­lenge, Mr Mu­ri­moga has fled his Chi­tung­wiza res­i­dence af­ter fail­ing to get pro­tec­tion from the party lead­er­ship whom he ac­cused of be­ing be­hind the at­tempt on his life.

He has also taken the MDC-T to the High Court de­mand­ing his salary af­ter go­ing for more than four months with­out be­ing paid.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day from his hid­ing base, Mr Mu­ri­moga said he had re­ceived sev­eral threats from party ac­tivists and he has since left his res­i­dence to­gether with his fam­ily.

“I first started re­ceiv­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages on our group What­sapp plat­form of party mem­bers. It all started when I took Mr Ts­van­gi­rai to court. Peo­ple have been com­ing to my house threat­en­ing me and I have since left my res­i­dence and sought refuge from well wish­ers some of whom are em­bassies that have tra­di­tion­ally sup­ported the party.

“They now re­alise that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai does not rein in his sup­port­ers on vi­o­lence given what hap­pened to our for­mer deputy na­tional trea­surer Mr El­ton Man­goma who was as­saulted right at party head-of­fice,” said Mr Mu­ri­moga.

He said it was strange that the party that al­lowed Harare mayor Mr Bernard Manyenyeni to seek re­course at the courts af­ter he was sus­pended now sought to dis­credit him when he tried to as­sert his rights by ap­proach­ing the same courts the same way Mr Manyenyeni had done.

“These are the very courts that Mr Manyenyeni ap­proached for re­course. Why am I be­ing vic­timised for do­ing the same thing? Are these not dou­ble stan­dards by my party?” said Mr Mu­ri­moga.

“I have fled my res­i­dence and stay with some well wish­ers. It pains me greatly that I am be­ing per­se­cuted by my party. It would have been un­der­stand­able had it been any other party. Not the very party that I as­sisted in con­ceiv­ing,” he said.

Mr Mu­ri­moga has also taken his party to the High Court de­mand­ing his out­stand­ing salaries that had not been hon­oured.

When con­tacted for comment, MDC-T spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu said he had not re­ceived re­ports of threats against Mr Mu­ri­moga.

“The MDC is a peace-lov­ing po­lit­i­cal party that strongly ab­hors and con­demns any form of vi­o­lence against any­one. To the best of my knowl­edge, the party has not re­ceived any com­plaints to the ef­fect that Part­son Mu­ri­moga is be­ing threat­ened by MDC sup­port­ers,” said Mr Gutu.

“On the is­sue of salaries for party em­ploy­ees, that is an in­ter­nal party is­sue. All our party em­ploy­ees are very much aware of the pro­ce­dure to be fol­lowed when they are de­mand­ing pay­ment of their wages and salaries.”

Mr Mu­ri­moga said he still be­lieved that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was wrong in uni­lat­er­ally ap­point­ing Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri as vice pres­i­dents out­side the con­fines of party congress as re­quired by the con­sti­tu­tion of the op­po­si­tion party.

The burn­ing house where a sus­pected il­le­gal fuel dealer died on Sun­day night

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