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Opposition MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is addressing more political rallies than he did ahead of the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections as he angles for re-election as party leader at a congress next year.

The party’s policy director and Bulawayo Central legislator Mr Eddie Cross posted on his Facebook page recently that an elective congress could be held in March 2015. This will be a year earlier than the constitutionally scheduled one and has been prompted by both Mr Tsvangirai trying to silence his critics, and his opponents seeking his early exit.

The anti-Tsvangirai group is also going around the country to drum up support in MDC-T structures to give the party leader the boot. Speaking to The Herald on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, an MDC-T national council member said their leader did not market himself to the electorate last year because he spent much time and energy appealing for international support. Now he was desperately trying to garner support back home because of an internal threat.

“He is having more rallies and I am sure by now they have surpassed those conducted ahead of the July 31 elections.

“His approach is like we have elections next month. Our supporters already know why we lost and I do not know what exactly is Mr Tsvangirai trying to achieve,” said the official.

Addressing participants at a function organised by Sapes Trust in Harare recently, secretary-general Mr Tendai Biti said Zanu-PF won the elections because of its clear and deliverable promises.

Another party official said the MDC-T was no longer a democratic movement because of the recent assault of officials such as Mr Elton Mangoma and Mr Promise Mkwananzi, among others, for expressing their view that Mr Tsvangirai had failed.

“The party is no longer a Movement for Democratic Change, but a Movement for Tsvangirai’s Endorsement.

Source : The Herald