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THE opposition MDC-T’s Bulawayo province is in the throes of leadership crisis following the suspension of acting chairperson, Dorcas Sibanda, on Friday.

Sibanda’s ouster was forced through ahead of a visit to the city this week by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Bulawayo Central legislator was ousted at a provincial executive meeting held at the party provincial headquarters, on allegations of fanning factionalism in the party.

Provincial secretary Nomvuyo Mguni is reportedly the acting chairperson.

Power struggles and factionalism in the province have resulted in the chairmanship changing hands frequently since Gorden Moyo was handpicked to lead the province by party President Morgan Tsvangirai at the 2011 national congress held in Bulawayo.

Since then, the province has remained divided on factional lines.

At the 2013 provincial congress, deputy mayor Gift Banda was controversially elected the provincial boss but his tenure was short-lived after his rival Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo successfully challenged his election in court.

The election outcome was nullified by the High Court forcing Banda to relinquish his post as chairperson.

Sibanda, who at the time, was the deputy chairperson, took over the leadership of the province until her suspension last week.

Contacted for comment, Sibanda dismissed the decision to suspend her as a sham, claiming the meeting was unconstitutional.

She claimed the meeting was convened without her knowledge as the provincial chairperson.

“I do not know anything about that, the party has a clear constitution and those who are saying they suspended me should revisit that constitution,” said Sibanda.

However, the party’s provincial spokesperson, Mandla Sibanda, confirmed the suspension.

“We made a resolution as the province to suspend Dorcas Sibanda from carrying out her duties as a vice chairperson. As a vice chairperson she was now disturbing the operations of the party,” said the provincial spokesperson.

Party president Morgan Tsvangirai this week flies into a storm as he is expected to visit Bulawayo on party business.

Insiders who spoke to this publication revealed that Sibanda was booted out because of her alleged links with the Hlalo faction.

“Dorcas Sibanda is suffering the consequences of belonging to the Hlalo cabal. Her suspension ahead of Tsvangirai’s expected visit is a ploy to rid the province of those who do not belong to Thokozani Khupe’s camp,” said the party insider.

Khupe is the party’s vice president and an influential figure in the province.

Source : New Zimbabwe