MDC-T interim leader Thokozani Khupe’s spokesperson Khalipani Phugeni on Sunday said Wednesday’s standing committee meeting will discuss allegations of tribalism, factionalism and violence levelled against Douglas Mwonzorwa, the secretary-general of the party.
The judicially-created party’s United States branch has accused Mwonzora of being a “warlord” in charge of a violent militia in a bid to personalise the movement to fight alleged opponents.
In a letter addressed to Mwonzora and party leadership dated August 31, MDC-USA secretary Andrew Chaponda expressed concern over the violence being perpetrated by the youths guarding the party national headquarters in the capital Harare.
Chaponda revealed that MDC members in the United States have been providing funds for the upkeep of youths that participated in the take-over of Harvest House offices in Harare from the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance. He wrote:
No one is safe from these marauding vigilantes, including members of the standing committee. It is time for them to go.
As you are aware, the SC [Standing Committee] has already recommended that they are demobilised, receive their token of appreciation and turn over guard duties to a professional private security firm.
Again, as leader of administration and beneficiary of continued occupation, you have failed to implement SC resolutions and leave us wondering whether you are now a warlord in charge of a militia.
Chaponda further accused Mwonzora of selectively implementing party resolutions in defiance of National Council resolutions.