WASHINGTON DC —
The Standing Committee of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai met in Harare on Wednesday and resolved to summon senior member of the executive and shadow minister for transport, Elias Mudzuri, for allegedly discussing the party’s leadership renewal in the press.
MDC sources described the meeting as private. They admit though that there are divisions on what action to take against Mudzuri – a suspension or reprimand. Party chairman Lovemore Moyo has been tasked to handle the matter.
Writing an opinion peace in the weekly Standard newspaper, Mudzuri proffers five scenarios on the party leadership; one, maintaining the status qou with Tsvangirai at the helm, second - holding an urgent extraordinary congress before 2016, third - that Tsvangirai is contested at the 2016 congress, and fourth - that Tsvangirai steps down and become the god father of the party. Lastly, Mudzuri suggests that Tsvangirai stays and those not happy form their own party or join other parties.
Mudzuri joins party treasurer Roy Bennet and former Marondera Member of Parliament, Ian Kay, in openly calling for discussion on the party leadership.
But the party has moved to put a lid on the calls for leadership renewal saying it’s an internal matter and not for public consumption through the press.
Mudzuri said the need to see the party surviving spurred him to write the article.