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Bulawayo backs MDC-T leader

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THE MDC-T Bulawayo province yesterday threw its weight behind under fire Morgan Tsvangirai saying he remains the party leader.

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Tsvangirai was suspended by a faction of the party calling itself the MDC-Team accusing him of “fascist” tendencies.

However, acting MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairperson Dorcas Sibanda (pictured) told journalists after an urgent provincial council meeting yesterday that they had rejected the suspensions as null and void.

“It’s illegitimate. The suspensions are null and void. As the stronghold of the MDC-T in Zimbabwe, in fact, the headquarters of the party, we do not recognise the suspension of Tsvangirai,” she said before accusing Zanu PF and State security organs of fuelling infighting in the MDC-T.

Provincial secretary Albert Mhlanga added: “We are clear as Bulawayo MDC-T province that we support Tsvangirai.”

A number of Bulawayo legislators attended yesterday’s provincial council meeting except Pelandaba-Mpopoma MP Bekithemba Nyathi and Luveve MP Reggie Moyo.

The two attended Saturday’s national council meeting that resolved to suspend Tsvangirai.

Sibanda said the provincial council would meet again on May 3 to deliberate on the fate of Nyathi and Moyo amid reports that they would soon be shown the door.

“We are shocked as to who gave them the mandate to go and attend the illegal meeting and represent Bulawayo province. We will reconvene again on the 3rd of May to deliberate on their attendance and take appropriate measures,” she said.

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