The MDC party led by Nelson Chamisa was angered by comments attributed to party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.
Mwonzora was quoted by the Daily News on Sunday as saying that the late founding party president Morgan Tsvangirai is turning in his grave because of the way the part is being run.
Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said:
We don’t know what he is saying but what we know is that at the moment, the party controls all the urban areas, we increased the vote, we increased the number of parliamentarians, we improved and this was done in a very short space of time, we have improved from where Tsvangirai left.
We have dominated the narrative as a party. It is also a wonder when some leader turns to cannibalism. The post that he holds is critical and he has been in that post longer than Chamisa has been president.
In the corporate world, we do a 360-degree appraisal, not 180 degrees. He should look at the bigger picture.
We even have a daughter of Tsvangirai in Parliament whereas our rivals have obliterated the memory of their founding father.
Surely, the Tsvangirai we know will be proud that the party has improved significantly from where he left.
There are no shambles in the MDC, we have diplomats coming to meet president Chamisa. Can they come when the party is in chaos?
We had former Nigerian President Olesugun Obasanjo meeting the president. Can he meet with a leader of a chaotic party?
Maybe Mwonzora was looking at the wrong grave of Tsvangirai, he should go to Humanikwa (Tsvangirai rural home where he was buried).
Mwonzora has emerged as Chamisa’s biggest rival for the presidency at the Congress slated for next month.
While some analysts consider Mwonzora a level-headed individual who can lead the party forward, his opponents in the party consider him a ZANU PF stooge.