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MDC-T targets Facebook posts

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THE MDC-T is monitoring Facebook messages posted by its officials to ensure they do not disclose internal party fights to the public.

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MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the development yesterday, adding that the move was targeted at MDC-T members who posted hate language against their colleagues.

“We know there are a number of MDC people denigrating other officers. We will deal with them,” he warned.

“There is no good reason for them to avoid due process of law. I am going to deal with anyone posting hate language against anyone and they will be brought to book.”

To date, the party has suspended Manicaland provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma and spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya on charges of posting offensive messages against Mwonzora. However, the party has not taken action against Harare provincial spokesperson Obert Gutu and Mashonaland West national representative Chalton Hwende who recently posted Facebook messages describing other MDC-T leaders as puppets, puppeteers and rebels.

The two are allegedly angling themselves for top leadership positions in the opposition party and were believed to be close to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Asked to comment on the alleged rift between MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, Mwonzora said: “The SG must discuss with organising secretary if there are any reservations. We expect them to discuss.”

Biti and Chamisa reportedly clashed over the suspension of Magarangoma and Muchauraya. Biti has since ordered the pair to ignore the suspension order issued by Chamisa describing it as unconstitutional.

Senior MDC-T officials yesterday said they were contemplating pushing for Chamisa to be charged for overstepping his mandate and fueling divisions in the MDC-T.

“Most people are now clear that the biggest problem is Chamisa. He is dividing the party all in the name of becoming SG, if we are serious with the party, Chamisa must be stopped,” the official who declined to be named said.

But Chamisa has vehemently denied the claims that he wanted to become party secretary general at the next congress.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai is this week expected to tour Manicaland to resolve the factional fights which have threatened to split the party.

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