The party constitution is more important than what Tsvangirai said- survey


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The party constitution was more important in the succession battle for the late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai than what he said or wanted, a survey by The Insider shows.

Of the 304 people that voted 137 or 45 percent preferred to abide by the constitution while 112 or 37 percent said the people should decide.

Only 55 or 18 percent said people should go with what Tsvangirai said.

Insider readers were asked: “Battle for succession in MDC: What is more important, what Tsvangirai said or what the party constitution says?”

The MDC-T has been bogged down over how Tsvangirai’s successor should be chosen with one group saying they should go for an elective extra-ordinary congress while others argued that there was no time for that so the party’s supreme body, the national council, should decide.

The national council appointed Nelson Chamisa first as acting president then as substantive leader but one of the party’s vice-presidents Thokozani Khupe and the party’s national chair Lovemore Moyo, organising secretary Abednigo Bhebhe and national spokesman Obert Gutu did not agree.

Moyo subsequently resigned from the party but the other three were expelled yesterday.

Gutu dismissed the expulsion saying he could not be fired by an illegitimate president, a comment that did not go well with some Insider readers as they felt he was personalising issues because he was expelled by the national council and not by Chamisa.

Lovemore Moyo said the infighting in the country’s main opposition party could cost it the elections because some of the party supporters were disgruntled.

Moyo told Newsday that Chamisa had begged him for two hours not to resign, but he refused.

“He visited me and tried to talk me out of resigning. I met him for nearly two hours and I stood my ground and raised those issues that have forced me to quit the MDC-T. I told him the way he assumed leadership was very undemocratic, unconstitutional and unprocedural. I told him this was allowed to happen because the party has been captured by some forces.

“I still stand by that and this has got nothing to do with personalities, but it’s about following the MDC-T’s founding democratic processes, a constitutional process that would have seen us elect an acting president,” Moyo said.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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