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‘Warring factions must bury the hatchet’

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MDC-T’s Bulawayo provincial chairperson, Gorden Moyo, has urged warring factions to bury the hatchet and look beyond the ugly violent scenes that blighted party structures ahead of its national congress in April.

Addressing party youths in Bulawayo yesterday, Moyo admitted factional clashes between his and arch-rival Matson Hlalo’s supporters had cast the province in a negative light.

“It is important that we remain united as a province. The congress is over. The Bulawayo chairperson is this one standing in front of you now and the youth chairperson is Bekithemba Nyathi,” he said.

“The congress brought with it a lot of fighting and we threw stones at each other. However, that is in the past. Now, let us stop the fighting and let’s move forward together as a province.”

Leading up to the party’s congress, periodic incidents of violence broke out at the MDC-T provincial elections centre in Bulawayo where youths aligned to feuding camps have been engaged in running battles.

The party’s volatile province on three occasions failed to conclude its elections for the main, women and youth wings.

Moyo also told supporters to desist from tribalism.
“The MDC is a rainbow party. Therefore, tribalism should stop,” he said.

“As the chairman of this province, I will not allow tribalism to play a part in the province.”

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