MDC-T Harare province chairman Morgan Femai has lashed out at party supporters who accused him of stifling democracy in the party and labelled them “brainless people”.
Femai has been accused of being a dictator by some party supporters who believe he does not want leadership change within the province.
He allegedly held meetings with women from all the districts and instructed them not to hold elections in party branches and wards ahead of the congress.
He is said to have launched an operation code-named “Gara Pauri Ipapo” (stay put), aimed at ensuring that people in leadership positions retained their posts.
In an interview, Femai refused to confirm or deny the allegations although he took a swipe at those who leaked the story to NewsDay.
“Those people don’t have adequate brains,” Femai fumed.
“I doubt whether they are party supporters because if they were, they would follow the proper channels to have their grievances addressed.
“I will not comment on what they said because we do not address party issues through the press.”
An uncooperative Femai refused to divulge the agenda of the meeting he called with the women’s wing on January 6 and with all wings of the party on January 10.
He is alleged to have called for the party to maintain the status quo, and to only elect new office bearers in vacant positions.
The development comes at a time when jostling for positions in the party has begun ahead of an elective congress in May.
MDC-T is due to hold its congress by May 30 which will most likely see Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been at the helm of the party since its formation in 1999, retaining his post, but there are bound to be some major changes in the top echelons of the party.
Organising secretary Elias Mudzuri is likely to fall by the wayside, the Premier’s lieutenant Ian Makone is expected to challenge secretary-general Tendai Biti while national chairman Lovemore Moyo is expected to sweat it out with deputy president Thokozani Khupe.