Tsvangirai set to co-opt allies
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is Wednesday expected to co-opt into his party’s national executive 15 senior members who lost elections in Bulawayo last month.
But, other MDC-T senior members are opposed to the co-options, which party sources said were being pushed through by the party president.
Last night, provincial chairpersons were said to have signed a petition against amending the party constitution to pave way for the co-option of 15 members.
“I just hope and trust that all the election losers at congress don’t come back into the national executive through the back door,” said one senior official.
“We have to inject new blood rather than recycle old horses.”
Another MDC-T source said: “Everyone who contested and lost in the elective congress will become a member (of the national executive).”
The list includes Cabinet ministers Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, Henry Madzorera, Murisi Zvizwai and Paurina Mpariwa, as well as former deputy minister Thamsanqa Mahlangu.
Others are Lucia Matibenga, Tabitha Khumalo, Kerry Kay, Concillia Chinanzvavana, Elias Mudzuri, Eddie Cross, Edmore Marima, Sesel Zvidzai, Hilda Mafudze and Amos Chibaya.
They are all expected to find their way into the expanded national executive today.
The insiders said most of them, members of Tsvangirai’s so-called kitchen cabinet, were presented at the party’s standing committee meeting last Wednesday.
Efforts to get comment from the MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora were fruitless as he was not reachable on his mobile phone.
National organising secretary Nelson Chamisa did not pick up his phone.