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Divergent Tactics: Tsvangirai sued over VP appointments

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai was yesterday sued at the High Court by party members for violating the party’s constitution when he appo...

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai was yesterday sued at the High Court by party members for violating the party’s constitution when he appointed Advocate Nelson Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri to the vice presidency.

The appointments were made last Friday and the two join Ms Thokozani Khupe as VPs.

Mr Tsvangirai was sued by Mr George Rice, a provincial executive member, and Mr Patson Murimoga, a musician.

Mr Murimoga is the MDC-T member who composed jingles praising Mr Tsvangirai which were used in his 2013 presidential campaign.

Mr Tsvangirai is cited as the first respondent, with Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri listed as second and third, respectively.
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Mr Lovemore Moyo is cited as the fourth respondent in his capacity as MDC-T national chairman, while MDC-T is cited as the fifth respondent.

“In his founding affidavit, Mr Murimoga argues that the appointments contravened the party’s constitution and should be reversed.

“On the 15th of July 2016, first respondent (Mr Tsvangirai) convened a Press conference at his Highlands House where he announced that he had appointed first and second respondents as deputy presidents of the fifth respondent (MDC-T).

“In that Press conference, first respondent claimed he was making the appointment of second and third respondent in terms of the fifth respondent’s constitution.

The second and third respondents are cited so that they state clearly if their appointment by the first respondent as deputy presidents of the fifth respondent is in terms of the constitution of the fifth respondent,” said Mr Murimoga.

He justified citation of second and third respondents saying they could possibly be affected by the application. “In particular, the first respondent claimed that he was authorised by the national council of the fifth respondent to make those appointments of second and third respondents,” added Mr Murimoga.

He said the appointment of Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri had a bearing on his MDC-T membership.

“I have been a loyal member of the fifth respondent from its formation and I am a musician who has been a praise singer of the first and fifth respondents and I even sang the jingle that first respondent used to campaign in the 2013 Presidential elections. 

The song I sang was in vernacular and called Tsvangirai Kakata, Tsvangirai dhonza, which was repeatedly aired on national television,” said Mr Murimoga. - The Herald 

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