MDC big-wigs are reportedly at each other’s throat following the divisive 5th congress held a few weeks ago.
The congress elected incumbent chairperson James Gumbi who beat lawyer Simon Mupindu to retain the post.
Gumbi polled 1 004 votes against Mupindu’s 956 in a closely fought election.
Former youth leader Tongai Matutu was barred from contesting. The Herald claims that Matutu’s backers are circulating a message which disparages the party’s leadership. The purported message reads:
Masvingo Congress (MDC-Alliance) created a very unpopular leadership.
The process produced a paper tiger leadership. A paper tiger will not send fears in its foes (sic). Zanu-PF is smiling and prepared to take on the paper tiger (leadership) to ECD (Early Childhood Development) for children to enjoy playing with the toy.
Masvingo (MDC-Alliance) has a toy leadership and if the situation is not redressed, Zanu-PF will have a field day in 2020, they better start celebrating before the elections.
When contacted for comment, Gumbi hit back at Matutu, calling him a political prostitute. He is quoted as saying:
Look here, we cannot be talking about political prostitutes like (Mr) Matutu who have never won any election in their lives outside the MDC which they dumped when Tsvangirai was still alive.
They abandoned the MDC and joined PDP after which some in that group again joined NPP, what did they achieve? Nothing.
So we cannot be losing sleep over such people who wanted to hijack the party and destroy it like what they have been doing everywhere they went.