MDC Manicaland stamps authority

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

MDC Manicaland provincial chairman Prosper Mutseyami says his executive will pass stiff penalties on members accused of causing chaos at the party’s provincial congress recently, a move critics say is targeted at his challengers.

The Manicaland provincial congress was marred by controversy after some districts reportedly did not vote.

Makoni Central MP David Tekeshe, who lost to Mutseyami for the chairmanship, complained to party president Nelson Chamisa on the day of the vote that the election was being rigged.

The congress ended after midnight as tempers boiled over between two factions aligned to Tekeshe and Mutseyami.

Addressing party members in Mutare on Sunday, Mutseyami said his newly -appointed executive should deal with disciplinary issues to move forward.

“We have challenges of indiscipline that occurred at our provincial congress, we have people who caused a lot of chaos. We are going to deal with them after the congress in Gweru, some of them will not give us any headache because they do not have any position in the party,” he said.

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“We need to deal with these hooligans first if we have to move as a party.”

He urged losing candidates in the province to bury the hatchet.

“Those people who were defeated should not cry foul. People who were elected are senior party members of the party. We don’t want cry-babies. At least some of them still have positions as MPs and councillors and we need to move forward as a party and look up to new challenges,” he added. Mutseyami said Manicaland province will send 758 delegates to the MDC elective congress in Gweru this weekend.

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