MDC-T Guardian Council chairperson Sekai Holland yesterday dropped a bombshell on party leader Morgan Tsvangirai when she formally crossed the floor to join the breakaway MDC Renewal Team as its interim president.
Holland told journalists in Harare that she took the decision after Tsvangirai allegedly frustrated her efforts to reconcile the warring factions.
“I, therefore, on this note and occasion, officially assume the role of interim party president as directed by the national council meeting at Mandel (Training Centre),” Holland said in reference to the crunch meeting that led to the formation of MDC Renewal Team in April this year.
“In June, I instituted a process of mediation led by a professional and experienced international mediator that was ultimately rejected by Tsvangirai after an initial promising start and three weeks of intense talks,” she said.
Holland also accused Tsvangirai of seeking to amend the party constitution and arm himself with excessive executive powers.
“It is clear that MDC-Tsvangirai has become a personal property of one individual and it is time to reject that and return to our founding principles. The Renewal Team is where those who still adhere to the original values and principles of the party are regrouping.”
MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said his party was unfazed by the development.
“Her joining the Renewal Team means nothing to us, after all we knew that Mrs Holland had been working with (Tendai) Biti’s group for a long time.,” Mwonzora said.
“We are not interested in negotiating with the Renewal Team and we are going to hold our congress next month so that we have legitimate leadership.”