Factionalism In MDC-T Rears Its Ugly Head In Hurungwe

Hurungwe, – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been rocked by internal factionalism here after provincial elections held last week.\r\n

Party insiders told Radio VOP on Wednesday that members of the losing faction code named ‘Zvinguruve’ (pigs) vowed to send their members to the party congress later this month.

”We have losing candidates making dubious accreditation for the congress although they are not legible to attend the congress. They have said they will gatecrash the congress as they are disputing the election held in Chinhoyi” said an insider who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

Other sources said the losing camp led by Big Haurobi in Karoi has vowed to field their own candidates in parliamentary elections if they are held later this year.

”We have had power hungry individuals who want to divide the party at grassroots level. They are confusing some supporters” added another party member who also declined to be named.

However,Haurobi, whose camp is linked to the party’s organising secretary Elias Mudzuri,denied the allegations saying: "The new crop of politicians are day dreaming and just want to tarnish our image. We have worked hard for MDC and we would not try to destroy it now.”

Japhet Karemba, who belongs to the Zvipani Declaration that is seeking to oust the sitting MPs was retained as provincial chairperson. He said: ”I want to rejuvenate the party, re-unite the people and bring more rural seats in the next elections. MDC-T is battling to ward off some splinter factions ahead of its congress and elections likely to be held later this year.

Zimbabwe may hold fresh elections this year to replace the fragile coalition government. The Southern African Development Community through Zimbabwe’s mediator, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, is working out a road map to ensure free and fair elections. The country is expected to hold a referendum on the new constitution in September after a parliament led team spearheaded a violent stricken outreach exercise to solicit views from Zimbabweans last year.