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Twitter becomes Turf for MDC-T Succession Tango

by David Chandisaita
11 Jan 2018 at 11:15hrs | Views
Microblogging social media platform Twitter has become the latest turf for MDC-T simmering succession wars.

This barely comes after a long and failed sustained period by the embattled party to douse raging rumours of infighting.

In a telephone conversation early this week, acting co-Vice President, Elias Mudzuri denied media reports that MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai had relegated his obligations with third co-Vice President, Nelson Chamisa.

The battle lines have been drawn pitting rival factions led by camp antagonists, Chamisa and Mudzuri. In a clear show of defiance, cyber brigades aligned to the Chamisa faction created an account on Twitter with the handle @team_chamisa.

As its maiden statement, the account handlers fired, "No crime in expressing or demonstrating support for one's political choices/inclinations. All what @Team_chamisa is doing is exhibiting confidence, faith, hope and unlimited support for the people's favourite – ANC (Advocate Nelson Chamisa)."

In an exchange of fire, a rival camp created the @team_khupe handle, with the statement, "For far too long, the patriarchal component in the leadership of the MDC-T has been side lining and seeking to suppress the efforts and long-standing contributions of Dr Thokozani Khupe. Now is her time!" A party official who spoke to the online publication on condition of anonymity articulated that the Mudzuri faction is camp to MDC loyalists.

While Chamisa's faction has renegades like People's Democratic Party (PDP), leader, Tendai Biti. Yesterday Chamisa is said to have boycotted the party's national organising and elections directorate meeting that was chaired by Mudzuri.

In a press release, the party's spokesperson, Obert Gutu disclosed that, "On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Harvest House, acting president Elias Mudzuri chaired the MDC national organising and elections directorate meeting.

"The meeting was attended by the deputy national chairperson Morgen Komichi, secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, treasurer-general, Theresa Makone, deputy national organising secretary, Amos Chibaya, secretary for information and publicity, Obert Gutu, secretary for elections, Murisi Zwizwai, chief of staff, Sesel Zvidzai, and directors of various departments and several other senior staff members."

Source - David Chandisaita