MDC-T says it is not talking with rebels


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The Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai today said there were no talks at all between the party and the rebels led by former secretary-general Tendai Biti. It said in a statement that reports that the Biti group had formally charged Tsvangirai and would be bringing him up for a disciplinary hearing were not consistent with parties that were mediating. “We see no reason to re-engage with people who have openly confessed to be working ZANU- PF and state security agents,” the statement said. It also said Guardians Council member Sekai Holland was not mandated to play any mediation role.

 

Full statement:

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

No mediation taking place between the MDC and the rebels

The MDC wishes to categorically state that there is no mediation taking place whatsoever between the party and the rebels who have now been expelled by the National Council.

We note with concern the false narrative to the effect that Mrs Sekai Holland is leading mediation efforts between the MDC and the rebels led by the former secretary-general, Hon. Tendai Biti.

In the party, Mrs Holland is the chairperson of the Guardians Council and has not been mandated to play any other role. In any case, the National Council of the party has not sanctioned any mediation efforts between the party and the rebels.

The MDC is a voluntary organization and after their illegal Mandel meeting, the rebels said they had exercised their constitutional right to dissociate from the party led by President Morgan Tsvangirai. Any mediation would obviously seek to associate them with people they would rather not associate with.

The MDC reiterates that there is no individual or party organ involved in any mediation process with the party rebels who recently announced that they are forming their own party.

The recent announcement by the rebels that they have formally charged the party President and will soon bring him before a disciplinary hearing is not consistent with any form of mediation either taking place or about to take place.

We see no reason to re-engage with people who have openly confessed to be working Zanu PF and state security agents.

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