MDC-T will on Saturday hold its first national council meeting before unveiling its new national executive, the first such meeting after the main opposition party’s recent elective congress.
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed that the national council would meet at 10am at Harvest House in Harare to discuss and endorse resolutions of the congress before the party holds its meeting of the national executive.
“The national executive can only meet after our national council has met to endorse the resolutions of the congress,” he said.
“We will then unveil the executive, which will then break into its first meeting.
“This is after all provincial councils meet to nominate their representatives to the national executive, these names will be considered by the national council and, all things being equal, they will be endorsed.”
However, the Midlands North provincial council has denied that it held elections to nominate its three national executive representatives and said it would not be represented during the first national executive meeting.
Provincial secretary Felix Zifunzi confirmed that while there had been an attempt to illegally forward representatives without a provincial council election, the move had been thwarted.
“I can confirm that Midlands North is yet to hold its council meeting to elect its national executive representatives and, therefore, we will not be represented in the first national executive meeting to be held at the weekend,” he said.
Zifunzi declined to comment on allegations that provincial chairman Sedwell Bhebhe had clandestinely forwarded the names of Blessing Chebundo, former Health minister Henry Madzorera and Trainer Ruzvidzo as their representatives.
“That is an internal matter, which I am not going to discuss with the Press, but just to say we have a resolution that our provincial council will meet at a date to be announced and elect its representatives,” he said.
“Those names have since been withdrawn following that resolution.”
Gutu, however, insisted that all provinces had made their nominations and what was now left was for party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to exercise his constitutional right to nominate 12 people who will sit in the national executive.
“From the national perspective, all provinces have forwarded names of their representatives and those names will be considered at the national council meeting, that is the information I have,” he said.