Tsvangirai Orders Re-run Of Masvingo Congress

MASVINGO – In a bid to stop divisions which were likely to split the party in Masvingo, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has ordered a re-run of Masvingo congress following serious complaints by a faction which boycotted last weekend’s party provincial congress in Mucheke stadium.\r\n

Tsvangirai has since assigned his deputy, Thokozani Khupe to attend the congress which is now set for April 9, 2011.

Party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa has confirmed the development.

“We have since resolved that Masvingo should have another congress on Saturday,” Chamisa said.

The venue for the congress is not yet known as the party is still deciding to have it at either Masvingo Polytechnic or Mucheke Stadium.

“Thokhozani Khupe is expected to deliver a speech before the elections. Khupe was assigned by Tsvangirai to plead for unity in Masvingo. She is also expected to start by asking for forgiveness over what took place last weekend,” said a highly placed source in MDC-T.

Khupe will be accompanied by Sekai Holland, Edie Cross, Dr Henry Madzorera, Shepherd Jack and Joel Gabhuza.

Both factions in Masvingo have expressed confidence that they will win the weekend elections.

“We knew that last weekend’s event was a mock rally. We were confident that Tsvangirai in his normal senses would not accept that dubious committee to stand for Masvingo. Now we are going for a real congress where true party leaders are expected to be elected,” the incumbent vice chairman Charles Muzenda said.

However, the provincial chairman Wilstuff Sitemere who was re-elected for the same position last week said nothing is going to change on Saturday.

“You will see that those who were elected last week will remain the people’s choice. We shall go for that congress so that those who boycotted last week’s congress will witness us being re-elected in to office,” Sitemere said.

There are two factions in Masvingo with the one being led by Gutu South legislator Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro while the other faction is under Masvingo urban MP Tongai Matutu.

Mkonoweshuro’s faction boycotted last weekend elections citing a lot of irregularities and vote rigging among other things.