The Movement for Democratic Change today suspended deputy treasurer- general Elton Mangoma for ignoring the directive from the national executive not to discuss party business through the press and fanning factionalism within the party. Mangoma was one of the senior MDC officials- mostly those who controlled the party’s finances- to call on party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down to save the party and his own legacy. Mangoma also offered Tsvangirai a retirement package which he turned down. The party said that the actions by Mangoma had seriously undermined its relationship with strategic partners as well as the party position that the July 31 elections were stolen. This is the first time that party has admitted funds are drying up which is a clear indication that those who are calling for Tsvangirai to step down have financial muscle over the party. The Party said it would appoint an Independent Tribunal which will be made up of three lawyers with the chairperson who shall be a person qualified to be a Judge of the High Court. It said the hearing will start immediately.