An MDC Alliance legislator says some party officials are plotting an imminent coup against party president Nelson Chamisa to replace him with his deputy, Tendai Biti.
Sunningdale legislator Winnie Kanguni exposed the alleged coup plot against Chamisa by Biti, saying the “putsch” is being coordinated by Harare ward 16 councillor Denford Ngadziore.
In a heated exchange in an MDC Alliance WhatsApp group, the duo threw accusations and counteraccusations at each other.
Ngadziore triggered the debate, accusing Kanguni of selling out Chamisa and the MDC Alliance after she attended Parliament in violation of standing committee resolutions. Ngadziore said:
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on Health, Industry, Public Service convened meetings today.
All genuine MDC Alliance Members of Parliament boycotted in support of national standing committee resolutions. Those who boycotted include the chairperson of the Health Committee, Ruth Labode (Matabeleland North proportional representative).
However, one Kanguni of Sunningdale decided in her great wisdom or lack of it to attend this meeting, clearly in contrast to the party position.
Kanguni is, hereby, declared a rebel and due action shall follow immediately after assessing her reasons for defying the party. More provincial council meetings shall be held this week and all rebels will be exposed and dealt with decisively.
However, Kanguni hit back at Ngadziore, accusing him of fanning violence together with Douglas Mwonzora and Morgen Komichi in their bid to oust Chamisa before 2023. She said:
You are the face of violence, you caused people to be beaten here and everyone knows that you are a sellout.
Why is it that when MDC Alliance activists are arrested, you are the only one who escapes jail?
The only reason is you wanted me to join Biti so that we plot a takeover from Chamisa for 2023. I didn’t join politics to be an MP.
Ngadziore denied being part to any plot against Chamisa, saying Kanguni was trying to divert attention.
Kanguni, David Tekeshe, Peter Moyo, Virginia Mafuta and Joyce Makonya are the five legislators who have so far defied the MDC Alliance party directive to boycott Parliament.