MDC-T probe team to release findings

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MASVINGO — The fate of the disputed MDC-T Masvingo provincial executive that came out of contested elections prior to the party’s congress in Bulawayo last year is set to be known soon following the completion of investigations by an independent probe team set up by party leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai early last month set up a four-man independent commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of electoral fraud and voting irregularities at the MDC-T provincial congress elections held last year as the party prepared for its third national congress.

The elections saw the retention of the Wilstaff Sitemere-chaired executive.

But another faction allegedly aligned to ousted national organising secretary Elias Mudzuri challenged the results and described the polls as a sham, leading to a rerun which saw Sitemere and his faction winning again.

The bruising clashes saw Tsvangirai travelling to Masvingo twice in a fortnight as he tried to find common ground, but to no avail.

He later appointed Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary-general Japhet Moyo to head the probe team.

The other members of the commission are prominent human rights lawyer Trust Maanda, ZimRights deputy chairperson Pelagia Razemba, and Jonah Hokova of the Christian Alliance of Zimbabwe.

MDC-T national spokespersons Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said the probe results were out and were waiting to be tabled before the party leadership anytime soon to come up with recommendations.

“The team completed its work and is finalising its report for presentation to the party leadership.

“We hope to get the report soon,” said Mwonzora.
He, however, could neither confirm nor dismiss the possibility of a rerun of the elections.

“I cannot say what course of action will be taken as of now. We will deal with the report when we see it,” said
Mwonzora.