The MDC led by Nelson Chamisa held a standing committee meeting on Friday and a national executive committee meeting on Saturday. The two meetings were reportedly set to have been held on the same day but it is alleged that members of the latter failed to turn up on Friday leading to the meeting’s postponement to Saturday.
A party insider who spoke to Newsday had this to say
The agenda was to fire Mudzuri, but this failed because members of the national executive stayed away. In fact, at the time the meeting was supposed to start only one member outside the standing committee, Gilbert Shoko from Bulawayo, was there.
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The national council itself had problems with numbers because we had to rely on apologies to get a quorum. Still, the open hostility towards the push for Mudzuri’s ouster was so real that the issue was never brought for a vote in the national council.
The UK and United States provinces were subsequently dissolved and for the former, it is because its chairman Samanyanga criticised ‘chef’ (Chamisa). The party also moved to adopt a social media policy on Saturday to curtail the incessant onslaught on the president ahead of Congress. It’s a way of stemming the tide, as it were.
However, party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said that the reason why the national executive meeting was held on Saturday was that the standing committee meeting took long. He said
Yes, we moved the national executive meeting to Saturday and held it at the same time as the national council, but not because of numbers. The standing committee meeting held on Friday took too long, and we wanted to allow people to attend the presidential Christmas dinner.
The Mudzuri issue is a footnote in the greater scheme of things. Zimbabweans are struggling to make ends meet. They don’t know what tomorrow may bring, and we cannot, as a party that has people at heart, be transfixed with one person.
The issue about vice-president Mudzuri is between him and his principal, the president. It is the president who is dealing with it, and he has told the party that he needs to give the vice-president time to explain himself.
Speaking about the dissolution of the two administrative provinces and the case of Samanyanga who circulated a message on WhatsApp denigrating party leader Nelson Chamisa, Mafume said
It’s not political, but an administrative issue. There are things that happened pre-election and gaps had arisen, so we want to give the districts in those provinces the chance to re-configure their structures.
The Samanyanga issue is an individual case which would be dealt with through a proper disciplinary procedure. We cannot punish two structures for the sins of one man. The two are not at all connected.