MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday papered over the fierce boardroom squabbles that had threatened to split his party, saying he had agreed to work together with members pushing for his ouster, to save the party from collapse.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Harare, Tsvangirai said the MDC-T’s national standing committee met last Friday and urged the warring parties to bury their differences.
“After that frank heart-to-heart session, we all unanimously agreed that our disagreements in the cockpit, while confirming our credentials as a democratic party, had needlessly diverted attention from the key issues affecting the people of Zimbabwe,” Tsvangirai said.
He added: “I can assure you that in those five hours of no-holds barred discussions, we told each other the brutal, but honest truth that will save this party and ensure the security of the faith and trust the people have bestowed on us.”
The former Premier has over the past three months been fighting fierce internal battles with some top party officials campaigning for him to step down. The fights have already led to the suspension of deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma, Manicaland provincial chairman Julius Magarangoma and spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya.
Some top party members perceived as pushing for leadership renewal in the MDC-T attended yesterday’s Press conference, but were not allowed to address the media. These included secretary-general Tendai Biti and Warren Park MP Elias Mudzuri.
Biti has spoken publicly against Mangoma’s treatment and the alleged purge of those perceived to be against Tsvangirai.
But Muchauraya yesterday questioned Tsvangirai’s sincerity, saying; “How can the perpetrator speak on behalf of victims?”