Cross faces hear­ing over Ts­van­gi­rai ut­ter­ances

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

FIS­SURES in the be­lea­guered op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal out­fit Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC-T) con­tinue to widen amid re­ports that one of its se­nior mem­bers, Mr Ed­die Cross, will face the mu­sic over his ut­ter­ances on party pres­i­dent Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s health.

Mr Cross, who is also the MDC-T’s Pol­icy Co­or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral, ear­lier this week posted on his blog that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was se­ri­ously ill and “might not be able to han­dle the elec­tion and sub­se­quently the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing pres­i­dent of a coun­try”.

Mr Cross went on to re­veal that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was in a fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at a me­dia con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day, MDC spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu rub­bished Mr Cross’ state­ments, say­ing they were made on a per­sonal ba­sis which was far from the party’s po­si­tion. “I’m not going to even dig­nify the com­ments of the se­nior of­fi­cial be­cause he was writ­ing in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity. He has no man­date to speak on be­half of the pres­i­dent’s fam­ily, he’s not the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son,” said Mr Gutu.

Quizzed on what mea­sures the party was going to take on Mr Cross, Mr Gutu said: “We are a party of dis­ci­pline and we have in­ter­nal pro­cesses to deal with those kind of is­sues al­though it may not be for pub­lic con­sump­tion. So I can’t sit here and tell you we’re going to do X,Y, Z.”

But Mr Gutu was not done yet as he went on to tear into Mr Cross’ per­son­al­ity. Said Mr Gutu: “Not only is Hon­ourable Cross a se­nior mem­ber but he’s also an old man, old enough to be your father. So ob­vi­ously the nec­es­sary pro­cesses will be in­sti­tuted.”

Mr Gutu put the likely puni­tive ac­tion to be taken against Mr Cross all bare when he said: “All of us have the duty to be dis­ci­plined. And es­pe­cially when you’re talk­ing about mat­ters to do with per­sonal is­sues, no one has a man­date to talk about the state of any­one’s health be­cause there’s an is­sue of con­fi­den­tial­ity.”

Mr Gutu re­it­er­ated that Mr Ts­van­gi­rai was re­cov­er­ing well and is ex­pected back into the coun­try in the few com­ing days fol­low­ing his re­cent trip to South Africa where he is re­ciev­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai has since taken an in­def­i­nite leave and given the man­date to run the party to his three deputies Mr Nel­son Chamisa, En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri and Dr Thokozani Khupe.

Bitter ex­change of words and ver­bal fights have char­ac­terised the MDC-T house since Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s dis­clo­sure that he was di­ag­nosed of cancer of the colon last year, with se­nior mem­bers be­ing at each other’s throats as they jos­tle for lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

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