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BREAKAWAY MDC Renewal Team leader and secretary general Tendai Biti’s problems mounted Thursday after the party’s Guardian Council distanced itself from his faction.

In a move that left Tsvangirai firmly in charge with the support of the influential group of elders, Biti was dealt a body blow by the very structure he had thrust “the party’s curatorship to”.

Guardian Council’s chair, Sekai Holland announced her group’s decision at a press conference in Harare which was however not held at the party’s Harvest House headquarters.

Again, flanked by party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, Holland uncharacteristically refused to take questions from reporters.

Reading from a prepared speech, she said her group had never been involved in the Harare meeting that purportedly suspended Tsvangirai and six other top leaders.

“The Guardians Council wishes to categorically state that it was never involved in the planning, convening, organising and conduct of the meeting that was held at Mandel and disassociates itself from all the resolutions of that meeting,” Holland said.

Biti is fronting a group in the MDC-T agitating for leadership change, blaming Tsvangirai for the party’s continued dismal performance in national elections since formation in 1999.

The MDC-T secretary general convened a “national council” meeting last month at Mandel Training Centre in Harare that suspended Tsvangirai. However Tsvangirai convened his own meeting and expelled his erstwhile trusted lieutenant.

Things came to a head following the crushing poll loss last year in which the party lost its slim parliamentary majority that it had garnered in 2008.

Early this year deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma penned a hard hitting letter asking Tsvangirai to step-aside and allow for an elective congress.

The former Zimbabwe prime minister responded by convening a shadowy meeting of the party’s 210 district chairpersons that turned rowdy culminating in the violent attack on Mangoma and youth secretary general Promise Mkwananzi. Biti escaped beating by a whisker.

Holland said the Guardian Council condemned all forms of violence.

“The council resolved to condemn the resort to violence as a means of resolving political disputes and that those implicated in the violence should be brought to book. This is in line with the values and principles of the party as contained in the party constitution.

“In line with its constitutional mandate, the Guardians Council further resolved to explore effective strategies designed to ensure that a conducive environment is created within the party at all levels to facilitate dialogue,” she said.

Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party has been teetering on the brink of implosion following the humiliating loss to 90-year-old veteran Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe and his party.

The trade unionist’s position has come under scrutiny with the party’s traditional western donors increasingly becoming disenchanted with his continued poll losses and failure to dislodge Mugabe from power.

Source : New Zimbabwe