Tsvangirai accused of using mafia-style tactics

MDC-T party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been accused of running that party using ‘mafia-style’ tactics.

The party was rocked by violence in the run-up to their Congress and the divisions now threaten to split the party.

“Many disgruntled party supporters now want to leave the MDC,” an MDC-T party member told The Zimbabwe Guardian on Wednesday.

“Tsvangirai is running this party mafia-style, in secrecy, and we don’t have a clue what is transpiring in that party or where we are going.

“Party leaders are being endorsed without proper electoral processes and this behaviour is unacceptable.”

Tsvangirai and his ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ are said to be mooting the idea of appointing a Council of Elders to accommodate those elements who have threatened to leave en masse after the National Congress, including some of the party’s founding members such as Engineer Elias Mudzuri.

Mudzuri left the Bulawayo Congress reduced to an ordinary card carrying member after losing the organising secretary post to Nelson Chamisa.

Sources within the party say the idea of setting up a Council of Elders is being pursued in an effort to pacify some supporters in Matabeleland and Masvingo who are not happy with the current status quo where their favourite leaders were demoted.

The Council of Elders as the sources claim will have a role of just rubber stamping decisions by the party’s top six.

“The problem with the MDC is that there are a lot of people who consider themselves founding members who should have important posts,” said our source.

“Look at Job Sikhala, he had to go and form what he thinks is an authentic party, MDC-99.

“Welshman Ncube and some members in his party also think they own the party.”

The likes of Mudzuri, Thamsanqa Mahlangu, Njabuliso Mguni, Editor Matamisa and other provincial executive members who lost their posts in the run-up to the Congress will be in such a council.

MDC-T provincial elections were characterized by violence.