The MDC-T structures in the United States of America have accused the party’s secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora of fanning tribalism in the party and failing to rein in his errant supporters.
In a letter dated 31 August 2020 addressed to Mwonzora and copied to all members of the party’s standing committee, the party’s USA Secretary Andrew Chaponda accused Mwonzora of “importing” tribalism from the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
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Chaponda challenged Mwonzora to take disciplinary action against his supporters for allegedly abusing the party’s president Thokozani Khupe and calling Ndebeles “dogs”. The letter read in part:
You are aware of the relentless attack on her person (Khupe) by the rebels over her stance on constitutionalism. You choose sides during the illegal take over, hobnobbed with them until they rejected you at the illegal Gweru Congress, despite your exuberant endorsement of their candidate.
It appears you were content with the tribal insults then but please do not import the same back to the MDC-T. As head of party Administration, it is your responsibility to instil discipline on errant members, let alone party employees promoting tribalism to advance your candidacy.
Your supporter, Tapiwa Sengweni referred to Ndebeles as dogs. As a beneficiary of the tribal utterances and leader, you have an unflinching responsibility to bring this to an end before it becomes a cancer of Gukurahundi proportions.
Mwonzora was also accused of acting unilaterally and failing to implement the party’s National Council resolutions. Chaponda’s letter further read:
It is prudent that the membership knows in writing that you have unilaterally and selectively decided to personalize the NC resolutions in unbeknownst by and in defiance of members wishes. You have also been playing footsie with the recall process.
Lynette Karenyi, Theresa Makone and Phyllis Ndlovu were long submitted for recall by their respective provinces. You removed their names from the list without explanation.
This trio still needs to be recalled as demanded by their provinces and without further delay. Your office exists to serve the membership not the other way round.