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Mat North chair warns against ‘illegal’ meeting


TENSION is escalating in the MDC-T Matabeleland North provincial structures ahead of a meeting reportedly slatted for Lupane on Sunday as provincial chairperson Sengezo Tshabangu has declared the planned gathering unconstitutional.


Tshabangu said the meeting had been called by a bogus structure and he would not be a part of it.

“The meeting which is reportedly set for Lupane on Sunday to renew leadership in Matabeleland North is unconstitutional,” said Tshabangu.

“In terms of our constitution, there are three organs which are mandated to call for such meetings. These are the provincial executive, in this case chaired by me, the national executive council and the president. These are the bodies which call for meetings not individuals with hidden agendas.”

MDC-T deputy national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe indicated earlier this week that the province was due to hold a meeting, but Tshabangu yesterday said Bhebhe had no mandate to call for a meeting of provincial structures.

Tshabangu said Bhebhe was allegedly using the current Matabeleland North provincial organising secretary Thembinkosi Sibindi to organise the meeting.

“Those calling for the meeting have dirty hands. Their political standing in the party hinges on the mercy of members who accepted them back after the 2005 defections with the likes of Professor Welshman Ncube,” he said.

Tshabangu said by right, he was the one who was supposed to call for a meeting and not them calling him and that is why they had not even dared to invite him. He urged party members in the province not to attend Sunday’s meeting.

Provincial secretary Gift Mabhena supported Tshabangu’s stance saying there was neither communication from nor to his office with regards to the concerned meeting.

“All the meetings in the province are communicated through my office and that of the chairman,” said Mabhena.

Contacted for comment, Bhebhe said: “We do not run our party through the newspapers.”

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