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CONFUSION reigns in the MDC-T’s South Africa province with two rival factions claiming to be in charge of the executive as the bitter dispute between Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti affects the party’s external structures.

The MDC-T has been torn in two with Tsvangirai fighting a faction led by Biti which is pressing for the former premier’s resignation to allow the election of a new leadership.

In South Africa, the executive committee led by Kwanele Moyo was last month red carded by a rival faction for allegedly “sleeping on duty”.

An interim team led by Austin Moyo now claims to be in charge.

In an interview, Moyo told NewZimbabwe.com: “The council comprising districts which formed a quorum met in Johannesburg and decided to remove the old executive because they were sleeping on duty.

“They (old executive) were also campaigning for the renewal team which we found to be out of order.”

Moyo insisted that he would be the interim chairperson until a congress is held to elect a substantive leadership.

Tsvangirai has said he would call a congress in October which is expected to see him consolidate his position as party leader.

Moyo said they would likely hold their own elective congress a month before the main party meeting, rejecting accusations he was power hungry.

“I will not be contesting any post in the South African congress,” he said.

“I am only in this post to assist a process to the elections. I will be supporting the party from the side-lines. When I called Harvest House (MDC-T headquarters) there was no communication or report from South Africa. The party was no longer alive (in South Africa).”

The interim leadership includes Sibanengi Dube as the deputy chairperson, Ringrose Moyake (Secretary), Rodgers Mudarikwa (organising secretary), Simon Masuku (deputy secretary), Lucky Museredzerwa (treasurer), and the spokesperson Khethani Sibanda.

Said Moyake: “There was no South African structure to talk about (before we took over). All other executive members had resigned and only had two.

“We are there to save the party from dying. We got our mandate from the districts who attended the meeting.”

For their part, Kwanele and his team also insist that they remain in charge.

The group’s spokesperson Kumbirai Muchemwa told Newzimbabwe.com that their removal was not in line with the party constitution.

“We are still the executive running the MDC-T affairs in South Africa until the next congress,” said Muchemwa.

“Our constitution gives us the mandate to do that until the next elections. In the past four weeks, we have written six statements and how can a person say we are sleeping on duty.”

Muchemwa said his team backs Tsvangirai and the leadership elected at party’s last congress in Bulawayo.

“They (Moyo and his executive) are wasting their time trying to force their way into the provincial structure,” he said.

“There is tendency of late, of labelling any person you do not like as belonging to renewal team. We will not lose focus but continue to work for the party.

“If anyone wants to form their own party let them do so. We will not be dragged into making silly comments or insults to anyone.”

Source : New Zimbabwe