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Former Tsvangirai MDC Deputy Spokesperson Plays Down Demotion

Former deputy spokesperson for the MDC formation of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Thabitha Khumalo says her removal from the post is not a demotion but part of a restructuring exercise.

“My understanding is that the party is restructuring ahead of the elections so my removal from that position is part of that,” she said.

Sources on Tuesday said Khumalo had a fall-out with the party leadership over a raft of complaints ranging from her leadership of a faction of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions to the factionalism in the party in Bulawayo.

On the issue of her dalliance with the labor body she said: “I was elected in absentia and my party understands that.”

Khumalo told Studio 7 the letter relieving her of her duties did not indicate that the leadership was not happy with her, adding she was being reassigned to a position not yet disclosed.

“It is not true that I have a misunderstanding with my party because I am waiting to be deployed,” she said.