Ts­van­gi­rai over­rides prov­ince on 17th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

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MDC-T leader Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai has re­versed a res­o­lu­tion by the party’s Bu­l­awayo prov­ince to post­pone their 17th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions to be held in the city on Satur­day as chaos and fac­tional fights con­tinue to dog the party.

The Bu­l­awayo provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive, which hosts the cel­e­bra­tions, held a cri­sis meet­ing on Tues­day evening where it re­solved to post­pone the an­niver­sary from Satur­day to a later date due to lack of funds.

The post­pone­ment, if al­lowed, would have been the sec­ond af­ter the party moved the date from the sec­ond week of Septem­ber.

“The party provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive met in Bu­l­awayo on Tues­day evening where it re­solved that the cel­e­bra­tions be post­poned.

“The res­o­lu­tion was com­mu­ni­cated to the party lead­er­ship and Ts­van­gi­rai re­versed the de­ci­sion and di­rected that the cel­e­bra­tions pro­ceed,” said an MDC-T in­sider.

The party has since sent What­sApp mes­sages ask­ing for do­na­tions of $3 per in­di­vid­ual to­wards the hold­ing of the an­niver­sary.

MDC-T Bu­l­awayo provin­cial chair­per­son Mr Gift Banda yes­ter­day con­firmed that the prov­ince had their res­o­lu­tion to post­pone the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions can­celled.

“It was like that be­cause there were some chal­lenges but they have since been re­solved, the cel­e­bra­tions are go­ing on as planned,” he said.

In­sid­ers said ri­val fac­tions were also en­gaged in a bit­ter war over fly­ers ad­ver­tis­ing the an­niver­sary re­sult­ing in the block­ing of the dis­tri­bu­tion of ban­ners with a pic­ture of the MDC-T leader and one of the re­cently ap­pointed vice pres­i­dents, Mr Nel­son Chamisa.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai in July ap­pointed Mr Chamisa and En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri as his deputies in ad­di­tion to Ms Thokozani Khupe in a move that height­ened in­fight­ing in the al­ready fac­tion-rid­dled party.

The ap­point­ment, in­sid­ers claimed, was a ploy by Mr Ts­van­gi­rai to weaken Ms Khupe who re­port­edly leads a fac­tion pit­ted against an­other fronted by Mr Chamisa.

“Is­sues were raised dur­ing the meet­ing over the use of fliers printed by the Chamisa group. In their flyer, there is a pic­ture of Ts­van­gi­rai hand­ing Chamisa a par­cel which has been in­ter­preted to mean the pres­i­dent was hand­ing him power,” said a party source.

“The theme of the cel­e­bra­tions is ‘Re­defin­ing the end game’ and with a pic­ture of Ts­van­gi­rai hand­ing a pack­age and then that kind of mes­sage, many felt that there was an el­e­ment of mis­chief on the part of the Chamisa group.

“There are other fly­ers that will now be distributed bear­ing the face of Ts­van­gi­rai.”

Mr Banda dis­missed re­ports of ten­sion over fly­ers say­ing, “There is noth­ing like that. We’ve one flyer that we’ve been dis­tribut­ing which bears the face of the pres­i­dent.”

Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai

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