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MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu has denied forming a clique of top party stalwarts angling to force the abandonment of a poll boycott stance adopted last October by the opposition citing an uneven electoral playing field.

Gutu, together with top politicians such as national chairman Lovemore Moyo, Douglas Mwonzora (secretary general), Theresa Makone (treasurer) lost their seats to Zanu PF candidates in the July 31, 2013 elections.

Sources say the expulsion of 21 party MPs who broke ranks with the main opposition to operate under the newly formed UMDC is seen by the politicians as an opportunity to return to parliament.

But in an interview with Newzimbabwe.com weekend, Gutu distanced himself from the plot, insisting he was already overwhelmed by his current duties.

“That is nonsense. Absolute nonsense,” Gutu said, responding to the allegations.

“Speaking entirely of myself, l am not short of options. I am a busy man. l am the party spokesperson which is already a demanding job, lam also a businessman.

“Already lam overwhelmed. l do not seem to have enough time to do all these various tasks that l have to do. I am not desperate to get into parliament.”

The MDC-T top leadership is headed for a stormy meeting in the next few days amid indications the party is evenly divided on whether to contest the June 10 by-elections.

Gutu confirmed the meeting would take place

“The national council is going to meet very soon…and it is only the national council that has the powers to vary, amend, alter or set aside any resolution of congress,” he said.

However, party president Morgan Tsvangirai has said the MDC-T will not contest the by-elections, although agreeing to defer the matter to the party’s national council.

Of the 21 seats up for grabs, seven are held by MPs who joined the august house through proportional representation and as such, cannot be contested.

While the MDC-T could afford to stay clear of by-elections previously called to fill up seats under Zanu PF control, the party is reportedly in a quandary on whether to allow its bitter rivals to penetrate gholds such as Bulawayo.

The MDC-T also risks a g backlash from its supporters in Bulawayo who have ensured the city remained an opposition fortress and do not fathom out the return of the ruling party on a technicality.

The MDC-T finds itself a 2005 scenario where sharp differences emerged among party politicians on whether to take part in senatorial polls which were being reintroduced.

The party was forced to split after Tsvangirai maintained the polls were a waste of scarce national resources insisting another legislative chamber would not improve the lives of ordinary citizens.

Source : New Zimbabwe