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Tsvangirai cracks whip


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais MDC-T party has threatened to crack the whip on members and senior officials accused of fanning intra-party violence in the run-up to its third national congress in Bulawayo last year.

Senior national executive members told NewsDay yesterday a team appointed by Tsvangirai to probe the violence that threatened to split the MDC-T had already submitted its findings to the partys national standing committee.

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the report would soon be presented to the partys national executive council before disciplinary measures are taken.

The report has been received by the national standing committee and it will be tabled before the national executive council at a special meeting to be arranged soon, said Mwonzora.

The national executive council will stand by the findings of the report and recommendations. Once that has been done, we will advise Zimbabweans about the next course of action.

Another MDC-T official, who asked for anonymity, told NewsDay that financiers and perpetrators of the violence would be dismissed from the party.
All the mischievous members will be dealt with, said the party official.

We received a comprehensive report on the party and how the congress process was held.

The MDC-T was rocked by ugly scenes of intra-party clashes in most provinces, prompting Tsvangirai to go on a whirlwind tour of all trouble spots to cool the tempers ahead of the congress in April last year.

This is coming at a time when the MDC-T has also launched a parallel investigation into allegations that some of its MPs and councillors were abusing office, thereby putting the name of the party into disrepute.

MDC-T officials said heads would roll after the party set up a team to meet residents, businesspeople and local leaders, among others, to audit the performance of councillors, MPs and Senators.

The leadership has set up a commission into the conduct of councils and heads will roll in local authorities. The same will be done to MPs and all our deployees in every capacity.

The teams will meet residents associations, businesspeople, key leaders in society, party structures and other women and youth groups for a thorough and comprehensive audit. Surely heads will roll, another senior official said.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai yesterday accused Zanu PF of monopolising the declaration of national heroes.

Tsvangirai made the remarks at the burial of Tichaona Mudzingwa, his partys non-constituency Senator and Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, at Glen Forest Cemetery outside Harare.

We are in agreement that the man lying there is a national hero, an icon, not just of the liberation struggle, but an icon of a new democratic struggle, said Tsvangirai.

If I had my way, it doesnt take time to bestow national hero status on Mudzingwa. He worked for it, he earned it. The problem is its a political culture which I think the people in the MDC have been fighting for years that if you belong to a different political party, you are an enemy, a political culture that believes all should think the same. Thats the political culture we have to change.

Transport minister Nicholas Goche, who was deputised by Mudzingwa, did not attend his juniors funeral. The only notable senior Zanu PF official at the burial was Senate President Edna Madzongwe.
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