MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa last week read the riot act to warring factions in the party amid strident calls for leadership renewal.

Party insiders said Chamisa wrote a memo to the
provinces stating that debate on leadership renewal
should be done orderly through party structures and
not in the media or any other public fora.
“The memo is very clear that the national leadership
is going to discipline anyone, regardless of position
in the party, who discusses the leadership renewal
debate on platforms like media and social networks,”
a senior party source said.
“We know Chamisa has remained in (party) president
Morgan Tsvangirai’s camp and the memo is meant to
assure the structures Tsvangirai is still in control of
the party.”
Sources also said Chamisa told the party structures
that there was no one with the clout to unseat
Tsvangirai outside a congress.

In an interview with The Zimbabwe Independent on
Wednesday, Chamisa denied he is trying to stop the
structures from discussing leadership renewal.
“I cannot divulge the contents of the memo but I can
confirm we have written to our structures to inform
them of the current developments in the party as
well as to assure them that the democratisation
agenda of Zimbabwe is far from over,” Chamisa said.
“It was also important for the party to stress to the
structures that as we engage in the leadership
debate we should do so in a transparent manner.
We are a party of excellence and we represent democracy, but at the same time we should not take the debate to outside forums that have nothing to do with our party principles,” he said.
Following the controversial defeat in the July 31 polls by his arch rival President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF amid rigging claims, senior party officials blamed Tsvangirai for the loss, calling on him to step down
and make way for a new leader.
As the fissures continued to widen deputy treasurer
Elton Mangoma joined top party leaders like national
treasurer Roy Bennett and national executive
members Ian Kay, Eddie Cross and Elias Mudzuri,
who have called on Tsvangirai to step down after
losing three consecutive elections to Mugabe.

However, Tsvangirai successfully brushed aside calls
for him to resign in last week’s national executive
meeting where his leadership and candidature for the
2018 election was endorsed.

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