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THE MDC-T UK and Ireland branch has said it is backing embattled party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to stay at the helm and vowed to fight off any attempts to subvert the party’s constitution through an illegal bid for leadership change.

The opposition party has been torn into two with one faction backing calls by secretary general Tendai Biti and his allies for Tsvangirai to step down and make way for a new leadership while the former premier refuses to budge.

Both sides have since traded suspensions and expulsions with fight for control of the party now set to spill into the courts after Parliament refused an appeal by Tsvangirai’s group to have MPs backing Biti thrown out of the House.

In a statement last week, Tonderai Samanyanga, chairman of the party’s UK and Ireland branch said they did not recognise Biti’s “boardroom coup de d’eacutetat”.

“The MDC UK and Ireland would like to state categorically that it is fully behind the leadership of Richard Morgan Tsvangirai and do not recognise the bogus National Council organised by Tendai Biti the former Secretary General and his colleagues,” said Sanyanga.

“Our party constitution is quite clear as to the terms of reference and responsibilities of our elected leaders and provides the constitutional processes that should be followed to renew its leadership.

“It is only the Congress that has that mandate and as a structure we will fight any efforts to circumvent the constitutional process in order to take control of the party through a boardroom coup de d’eacutetat.

“The External Assembly structure which, in the past, has also survived such attempts met and resolved on the 29th of March 2014, that it will remain fully behind the leadership that was elected at the party Congress of April 2011.

“We are aware that this attempted boardroom coup was a realisation by those involved, that come Congress they would be history. We will remain vigilant in the face of the hidden hand of destruction that wants to divert our focus away from the formidable challenge that our Leader has to remove the Robert Mugabe regime.

“We shall stand guided by the resolution of the National Council held on the 29th of April 2014 and we stand ready to answer the call for the reorganisation of our structure once the Congress is called. We will play our part in mobilising for the successful resourcing of our party in preparations for the 2018 elections.”

Tsvangirai has been holding well attended rallies across the country in recent days, demonstrating that he has the support of the party’s grassroots.

But a spokesman for Biti’s group this week claimed they expected more MPs to join their faction.

“There are many of our MPs who were being held back by the terror tactics of our colleagues, but now that the Speaker has made the decision that protects MPs, they are now free to express themselves as to who they support,” Jacob Mafume told State media.

“We will see so many of them coming out in favour of renewal.”

Source : New Zimbabwe