MDC-T Warren Park MP Elias Mudzuri, who is angling to wrest the party presidency from former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, is reportedly in Boston, United States, for a fundraising workshop to fund his campaign.
Top MDC-T insiders said Mudzuri left Harare last Friday aboard a British Airways plane and arrived in Boston on Saturday morning.
“Mudzuri is now in Boston and today (January 14) he will hold a networking workshop with his friends and well-wishers who want to help him raise funds so that he can finance his ambitious political exploits where he wants to take over Tsvangirai’s post as president of the MDC,” said a top MDC-T official.
Party insiders said Mudzuri would leave Boston for London on January 19 before returning to Zimbabwe via Johannesburg on January 28.
Since the July 31 general elections in which Tsvangirai lost heavily to President Robert Mugabe, he has been facing internal attacks from senior party officials who are holding clandestine meetings to plot his ouster through an early congress they are pushing to be held earlier than 2016 when it is due.
Mudzuri is in some quarters tipped to take over as party president in a line-up that also comprises former ministers in the coalition government with Zanu PF which ended in July after four years.
MDC-T insiders said the secret meetings are taking place at various locations within Harare, including a lodge in the city centre which has a reputation of being a hang-out for party officials and civil society activists.
Mudzuri recently confirmed to the media that if the people decide he should be the next MDC-T leader he would gladly accept. The Harvard-educated engineer has previously served as Harare’s mayor and MDC-T’s organising secretary before suffering a crushing defeat to Nelson Chamisa at the party congress held in Bulawayo in 2011.
MDC-T sources claim Mudzuri is putting structures in place that will help him win the MDC-T presidency at the next congress.
“Mudzuri has a strong support base in Midlands and Bulawayo,” said another top MDC-T official. “By mid-year, he should have covered the whole of this country soliciting for votes because the party may push for an early congress.”
Following defeat at the polls, several top MDC-T officials called for Tsvangirai to step down, while Mudzuri took matters a gear up by suggesting five ways the beleaguered party could be saved from demise.
One of the scenarios he proffered was that Tsvangirai steps down and becomes the godfather of the party — the “Nelson Mandela” of the labour-backed party.
The MDC-T standing committee consequently met in Harare and resolved to summon senior members of the executive and shadow minister for transport, Mudzuri, for allegedly discussing the party’s leadership renewal in the press.