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MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai​

BY KUNDAI MOYO
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly had a torrid time clarifying the provisions of the grand coalition to disgruntled members of the Midlands executive who had summoned him to shed more light on the alliance, it has been learnt.
MDC-T is struggling to stay afloat ahead of the 2018 elections as the fire sparked by some alliance irregularities, seem to be spreading to other provinces.
Tsvangirai's MDC-T, Welshman Ncube's MDC, Tendai Biti's PDP, Jacob Ngarivhume's Transform Zimbabwe are some of the parties that make up the MDC  Alliance that seeks to end President Robert Mugabe's tenure in office, come the plebiscite.
Tsvangirai is currently frantically making efforts to engage party deputy president Thokozani Khupe, chairman Lovemore Moyo and organising secretary Abdigo Bhebhe, who have hinted on the possibility of leaving the party if their leader does not give them an ear. Tsvangirai this week pacified Khupe by appointing her acting president as the long-time opposition leader battles ill-health.
During the closed door meeting held at Gokwe Centre, Tsvangirai was reportedly at pains explaining the provisions of the alliance to provincial members who demanded transparency from their president.
"Some members accused him of being selfish as he is mainly focused on satisfying personal interests at the expense of the party's interests," revealed a source on condition of anonymity.
Among the hot issues, according to the source, was that of imposition of candidates in certain constituencies that Tsvangirai is seemingly handling without prior consultations.
"Most members were disgruntled by the imposition of candidates. It ended up consuming most of the time as the president (Tsvangirai) failed to clarify why he is allowing other parties, especially PDP, to take most of the seats targeted by our candidates," further said the source.
Tsvangirai's decision to allow Settlement Chikwinya to stand for Mbizo is said to have sparked outrage from the members who eyed the seat.
Chikwinya was recalled from parliament in 2015 after he jumped ship from Tsvangirai's party joining Biti's PDP.
"Members stood in solidarity with Nkayi legislator Abednico Bhebhe whose seat is also reportedly earmarked for a PDP member whose name could not be established.
Party Midlands provincial deputy spokesperson, Willard Somerai confirmed the meeting saying the meeting's agenda was to update the province on the ongoing coalition talks.
"The meeting was not personal, the party is bigger than personal interests. The president wanted to give feedback as well as to update the province on the coalition process that is still underway," Somerai said.
On imposition of candidates, Somerai said the party was yet to officially open the campaign season, saying members may start jostling for positions following a green light by the presidium.
Deputy president Nelson Chamisa, Midlands senator Morgan Komichi, national youth chairperson Happymore Chidziva also attended the crunch meeting.
Meanwhile, Somerai said Kwekwe will host the party's national anniversary celebrations.
"Kwekwe , Mbizo Stadium to be precise , will be the venue of this year's 18th Anniversary for the party and preparations have already started," he said. POLITICS

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