Daggers drawn in the MDC-T

DAGGERS are drawn in the faction-riven MDC-T between party president Morgan Tsvangirai’s camp and those supporting treasurer-general Elton Mangoma after a legal team representing the former energy minister filed an urgent application with the High Court to stop his expulsion from the party.

By Elias Mambo

The legal team also wants to stop the party National Council from discussing Mangoma at its meeting planned today.

MDC-T sources said Tsvangirai was vigorously pushing for Mangoma’s expulsion for stating in a letter to him that there was need for leadership renewal following the party’s disputed drubbing in the July 31 general elections controversially won by President Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF. The letter has torched a storm after it was leaked to the media, with the spectre of another acrimonious split looming large.

“Tsvangirai wants to use the National Council meeting (today) to discipline or expel Mangoma from the party, a move that is unconstitutional,” said a highly-placed source in the MDC-T.

“Once two thirds of the members of the national council agree to Tsvangirai’s proposal Mangoma will be officially suspended pending a disciplinary hearing or expelled,” he said.

However, Mangoma’s lawyer Jacob Mafume, who is also an MDC-T member, said they are filing an urgent chamber application to stop the party from discussing anything to do with Mangoma in the national council meeting.

“We are filing an urgent court application at 2pm today (yesterday) so that the Mangoma issue can be removed from tomorrow’s agenda because my client has not been given the right to be heard,” Mafume said. “What is clear is that Tsvangirai is violating the party constitution which prescribes to freedom of speech and ideas.

“We have dealt with issues where members were expelled but only after following the right procedures. Councillors who were dismissed from the party were investigated, charged and had their case brought before the national council which made a final decision to expel them. This is the same procedure that should be followed in dealing with Mangoma and not to rush for a national council decision before carrying out an investigation,” said Mafume.

He also said Tsvangirai was trying to push out all possible candidates who may contest against him at the congress scheduled for 2016, but which could be brought forward to this year.

Tsvangirai’s camp is pushing for Mangoma’s expulsion for “publicly embarrassing and humiliating” the party leader by calling for his resignation.

However, according to the party constitution a standing committee member can only be tried by an independent tribunal comprising of at least three lawyers, one of whom must be eligible for appointment as a High Court judge.

However, senior officials close to Tsvangirai have accused Mangoma of discipline.

“It is inconceivable that such behaviour can be forgiven and no disciplinary action taken,” a senior party official said. “We are waiting for the dust to settle, and then we will sit down and decide on what kind of disciplinary action we should take.”

In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent last week, the MDC-T’s national chairperson Lovemore Moyo, who heads the disciplinary committee, said his committee was tasked with compiling a charge sheet detailing issues raised in Mangoma’s letter that violated the party’s code of conduct and ethics.

“My team has been tasked by the standing committee to prepare a report to be submitted to the national council,” Moyo said.

“It is not my committee that will make a decision on whether to charge Mangoma or not but the national council.”

Moyo also said the charge sheet would be based on the process which Mangoma took resulting in the issue leaking to the media.

“Writing a letter is not a problem but the process which Mangoma took resulting in the issue going public, and also his response and the debating of the issue in the media,” Moyo said.

15 thoughts on “Daggers drawn in the MDC-T”

  1. cashtalk says:

    Tsvangirai Mugabe personified

  2. Phillip Dzenga says:

    Fight on, Elton. Don’t be intimidated by undemocratic crooks whose sole agenda is to siphon party funds.

  3. Chikwaka special says:

    Mangoma must go

  4. maita says:

    Simba saw that Mugabe will not go and he formed his own party. Mangoma has seen that MT is going nowhere so he is allowed to leave the MDC and if he has followers and supporters he should fear nothing. He wants courts to now decide what a party’s national executive should discuss, this sounds weird to me. I personally think MDC-T leadership needs renewal but that also includes Mangoma himself he has destroyed a people’s project too by his behaviour. imagine the court stopping the ZanuPF politiburo from discussing its agenda?

  5. Mtape says:

    When the whole saga started, we never expected that truly the gloves were off. The involvement of the police and the onslaughter on the person of Tsvangirai in the media especially the print, has given another dimension to the whole story. All at a sudden Tsvangirai is viewed as a liability by some section of the party leadership. Now Mangoma wants the court to determine the agenda of the MDCT national council meeting—very interesting. Zanu Pf should be rubbing its hand in glee, why not when their biggest enemy is busy fighting among themselves without providing alternative to Mugabe’s blundering party. Cry the beloved MDC!

    1. Amir says:

      Does MDC belong to Tsvangirai you moron???????

  6. muntu says:

    The long and short of the story is that Mangoma is now a ZANU PF agent provocateur and mole who should be boiled alive . Period .

  7. 123K says:

    Tswangirai is losing it. What the hell is he thinking? He is turning this party into Zanu PF

  8. Amir says:

    What a shame!!!!!!!!! Morgan’s two terms have expired but like his mentor RG he clings to office like a leech. His boot lickers flatter him perpetually. Idi Amini, Saddam, Mobuto, (the list is endless) wicked as they were had people who genuinely and whole heartedly supported them, all because they were gaining something from the despots. There is no question Tsvangirai is a dictator but you quake in you boots when you hear the deluded likes of Chamisa lavishing the idiotic re-incarnation of Rasputin. Chamisa mwanangu unonyadzisa.. Ndikakufunga ndinonzwa marwadzo luthier ndirutse. You are a waste of space. A wasted night which could have been spent doing something worthwhile instead of producing you.

  9. This tinpot dictator called for sanctions hence dismally failed to attract any meaning funding during the life of the GNU.His prodical propensity saw him spend US$Ks on a string of women instead of funding development projects in strategic constituences! MDC-T is a stillborn project, led by a clueless charlatan.Apostle Chamisa might as well stop regaling the nation through a hoary article.Morgan has painfully outlived his political shelf-life!!!

  10. taipei says:

    mombe dzinoboponorwa padzaboperwa saka kana muchiti tsangirai makamusarudza pacongress why cant u advocate for an early congress than kufamba uchishambadza urikukoka ani kuti akubatsire kuti ngaende. ko iyo democracy inoti kwirai pachuru here kana kuti inoti garai pasi muonesane dzimwe nyaya ndemumba munye hadzishambadzwi ngazobude kunze rawe zano rawekuimbwa nemunhu wese zvino apa isu(ini) handichaziwi ndimangoma here kana kuti nditsvangirai akatadza kana kuti imdc

  11. Tongo says:

    Morgan is the leader of the MDC and should be removed constitutionally. The vilification going on in both the public and private press, will not remove him as President of the party as long as the rank and file still want him. The Constitution of this country allows for the formation of as many parties as possible and Mangoma and his gang should go-ahead and form their own “bar” party. The struggle for who controls the MDC will not be won in the press and bars but by engaging the people, and Tsvangrayi is damn good at that!!

    1. @byo says:

      @Tongo and Mangoma is the treasurer general of MDC and should be removed or suspended constitutionaly

  12. No Hope says:

    Once again an African politician will not be moved. Once again there’s too much money at stake. Sound familiar. Morgan legitimized Mugabe & ZanuPF thugs by going into a power sharing agreement, I think he was probably paid off by Bob. Him and his useless party are now dead in the water. Fair play to Mangoma, at least he’s trying to effect change. What hope for Zim, a big fat zero.


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