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AS the MDC-T power wrangle continues to unfold, the party’s Midlands South provincial executive has pledged its support firmly behind party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The provincial leadership also suspended its treasurer, former Gweru Urban legislator, Rodrick Rutsvara, who was part of those who attended the Mandel Training Centre meeting in Harare weekend.

The Saturday meeting suspended Tsvangirai and seven senior party officials who include Tsvangirai’s deputy Thokozani Khupe, national chair Lovemore Moyo, his deputy Morgan Komichi, organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa and deputy Abednico Bhebhe together with spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.

The Biti group also revoked the suspensions on party deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma, youth leader Promise Mkhwananzi, lawyer Jacob Mafume and Last Maengahama who had been suspended by the Tsvangirai faction.

A party truck which was in Rutsvara’s possession was also repossessed and is now parked at Midlands Hotel which is owned by Gweru mayor, Hamutendi Kombayi.

Party provincial chairperson, Lillian Acropol said the group, which claims to have suspended Tsvangirai, was out of touch with reality on the ground.

She said lower structures in the province were in full support of the embattled leader.

“The MDC-T in Midlands South distances itself from the rebellious group led by Tendai Biti and calls the utterances it made with regards to the president of the party, a non-starter and non-event,” said Acropol.

“The rebels are out of touch with the reality on the ground in this province as all the lower party structures of the party are intact and in support of the founding president.

“As a province, we are solidly behind the leadership of President Morgan Richard Tsvangirai and reaffirm our commitment to serve the party under his leadership.

“We view this as a desperate way by a group of failed politicians who, in any manner, have lost the mandate and respect of the generality of the MDC family.”

The provincial chairperson confirmed the suspension of Rutsvara whom she said was temporarily relieved of his duties when he stopped attending the party’s executive meetings soon after losing to Sesel Zvidzai during the party’s primary elections ahead of last July’s harmonised elections.

Meanwhile, MDC -T supporters in Kwekwe staged a demonstration in Mbizo to denounce the legislator for the constituency, Settlement Chikwinya who is working with the party’s renewal team.

The agitated supporters were calling for Chikwinya’s resignation as MP for the constituency.

Source : New Zimbabwe