THE feud between MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the party’s deputy-treasurer General Elton Mangoma, sparked by the latter’s call for leadership renewal, was resolved on Sunday after the two parties privately met at the former premier’s Highlands residence and agreed to bury their differences, NewsDay has learnt.
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Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the development yesterday, but declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.
A public spat broke out last week after Mangoma’s private letter to the party leader advising him to step down was leaked to the Press.
“Yesterday (Sunday), he was with Mangoma and to him it is not criminal in the MDC to speak out one’s opinion,” said Tamborinyoka.
The party is supposed to hold its elective congress in 2016, but Tamborinyoka said if the party organs agree, it could be moved closer.
“He laughed off on perceptions created by the media he that he is not prepared to face the people and that there was the $7 million dollar call for him to step down. There is no price for the suffering the people of Zimbabwe went through. The proper forum to elect a new team is a congress and he is ready to face the people anytime,” Tamborinyoka said.
Meanwhile, Tsvangirai yesterday met with diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe for a regular briefing.
“He met diplomats from Africa and the West separately and briefed them on the national crisis affecting the country. He told them of the need for a broad meeting of dialogue, not the lite pact of political leadership but the one that includes civic society, students and many others,” he said.
Tamborinyoka said his boss gave the diplomats the seven-point plan to legitimacy that will lead to elections.
“He spoke of internal democracy in the party and the ongoing robust debate saying it was a sign of a Democratic Party practicing democracy. He also pointed of the possibility of an early elective congress depending on the debate and reccomendations of the party organs.”
He told African diplomats that SADC and the AU were critical players in stopping the crisis in Zimbabwe.