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Fired President axe Moyo, Matibenga

by Staff reporter
02 Oct 2017 at 06:17hrs | Views
CHAOS escalated in the People's Democratic Party (PDP) last week with "fired" president Mr Tendai Biti's faction wielding the axe on secretary general Dr Gorden Moyo and Mrs Lucia Matibenga for engineering a coup within the party.

Dr Moyo, on the other hand, insists that the resolution passed last Thursday to fire Mr Biti and other senior leaders remains in effect. Dr Gorden Moyo fired Mr Biti, his deputy Mr Kucaca Phulu and party's spokesperson Mr Jacob Mafume among others over differences around the formation of an opposition coalition.

Mr Mafume immediately described Thursday's action as a nullity. In reaction, Biti's faction held their general council meeting on Friday last week and resolved to fire Dr Moyo and Mrs Matibenga, who was the national chairperson for engineering their expulsion.

"We have resolved to remove the office bearers who masterminded that (expulsion) we will appoint people in their places until we reach the next congress. We are going to have an acting national chairperson Evelyn Masaiti, acting secretary general Settlement Chikwinya," said Mr Mafume.

He said it was senseless for Dr Moyo's clique to fire the whole leadership of PDP.

"We could not go into the kindergarten process of exchanging expulsions. We do believe that if people meet and decide to chase the whole leadership there is an element of madness and that their madness cannot be answered by more madness," he said.

Dr Moyo rubbished Mr Mafume's statement saying Mr Biti's group is now part of the MDC Alliance and cannot make decisions on PDP.

"The general council sat yesterday and made resolutions and that's final, whoever met today those people were members of MDC Alliance. They cannot make decisions on PDP issues. They couldn't make any decisions because as members of the MDC Alliance they have to be with other members of the alliance," said Dr Moyo.

He said Zimbabweans should be concerned with the fragmentation of the opposition.

"The opposition has not lost plot, this is work in progress coalition building is work in progress. But if we fail to collate indeed the people of Zimbabwe will be justified to judge us harshly."

The formation of the MDC Alliance has created tension in the opposition movements in both the PDP and MDC-T in some cases breaking into fights.

Source - the herald