By Daniel Chigundu
MDC-T which is currently fractured by factionalism and internal conflicts has dispatched its head of security Giles Mutsekwa to deal with rebellion and waves of violence that have nested in Bulawayo.
The dispatching of Mutsekwa comes barely a day after party vice-president Thokozani Khupe and other officials where thoroughly based at the party’s office in Bulawayo for allegedly refusing to accept Nelson Chamisa as the Morgan Tsvangirai successor.
This is however not the first time that Khupe and company have been beaten at the party’s offices, it also happened last year in August while Tsvangirai was busy in Harare launching the MDC-Alliance.
In a statement, party’s acting secretary for information and publicity Thabitha Khumalo said the party condemns the violence and has sent a two-member team to normalise the situation.
“In addition, the party has ordered the party’s chairperson for Bulawayo province, Mr Gift Banda, to submit a detailed report to president Nelson Chamisa by end of the day today.
“The party has today dispatched the party’s Arbiter-General and the head of Security and Intelligence, Mr Giles Mutsekwa to normalize the situation in Bulawayo.
“The party’s national council, the supreme decision-making body between Congresses, last week decisively pronounced itself on the matter and said violence was not part of the culture and the DNA of the MDC.
“The national council resolved that stern action be taken against the instigators of the disturbing incidences of violence if they are found to be party members,” she said.
Khumalo added that MDC-T is concerned with the continued acts of violence in the party since the incident in Buhera where Khupe, Douglas Mwonzora and Abedinico Bhebhe were almost beaten by activists allegedly aligned to Chamisa.
“The party is concerned with the trend that started with the incident in Buhera and now the similar incident in Bulawayo.
“Of particular concern to the party is the convening of unsanctioned meetings by senior leaders in Bulawayo, the dereliction of duty by some senior officials as well as the possibility of an external hand in the disturbances,” Khumalo said.
Khupe and Chamisa are reportedly fighting for the leadership of the party since the death Tsvangirai who had led the MDC since its formation in 2000.
Although the party had elected Khupe during the 2014 Congress as the deputy president of the party, Tsvangirai went on to appoint Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as vice presidents, a decision which did not go down well with other senior leaders.