Some MDC Alliance officials have accused party leader, Nelson Chamisa of engineering the ouster of some of MDC’s old guard or senior members.
This comes as the party’s deputy treasurer-general, Lilian Trimveos had defected to the ruling ZANU PF citing a number of issues including the demise of the party as the champion of democracy.
Unnamed sources told The Standard that there is a clique in the party which is so close to Chamisa and also believed to be acting on behalf of the youthful leader that is pushing the old guard out.
The sources named Hwende as the ring leader of the group which comprises the organising secretary Amos Chibaya, deputy spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo, youth leader Obey Sithole, deputy secretary-general Happymore Chidziva and Harare Central MP Murisi Zvizwai.
Said one source:
It is surprising that the party can afford to have internal wars at a time it is facing a fierce war from Zanu PF and MDC-T.
At one time, Ruth Labode was harassed for suggesting that there was need to come up with a new name for the party.
Hwende told her to leave that issue to the president.
Another official said MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora’s decision to part ways with Chamisa could have been influenced by the clique.
Even Mwonzora before he left, each time whether he said something or not, he was always attacked.
The group would sing a song, pano paita mutengesi (a sellout is here).
He was a strong man and I don’t know how he managed to be in the party for a year after the Gweru congress where he lost to Hwende.
At times he needed escort to go out of Harvest House.
He was actually hounded out by Hwende and company and I am sure the president was part of the plot because it now appears he no longer wants the old guard in the party.
The allegations were first raised by Trimveos and some say there is some truth in what she said.
Meanwhile, Sikhala refused to respond to allegations that he was being targeted by Hwende adding that he was removed from the WhatsApp group when he was in prison in case authorities took his phone.
Hlatshwayo said the allegations were false saying time will eventually expose the lies.
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