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Fireworks are expected at MDC-T national executive and national council meetings today as members are set to confront opposition party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai over his decision to unilaterally hand-pick Advocate Nelson Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri as his vice-presidents. Today's meetings follow a standing committee meeting held at Mr Tsvangirai's Highlands residence last week which was eventually aborted after tempers flared over the appointment of Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri.

In last week's standing committee meeting, there was a heated exchange as some senior party members protested the presence of Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri at the high table resulting in Mr Tsvangirai abandoning the meeting and referring it to the national council.

Sources in the party have described today's meeting as decisive, with a highly charged agenda item which, if not properly handled, could lead to another split of the already fragile party.

"Mr Tsvangirai is expected to justify why he appointed the two vice presidents and how such an elevation can be regarded as in compliance with the party's constitution considering that such posts should be elected directly from congress. What precedence are we setting if we allow the party president to tear the constitution willy-nilly like that," said a member of the national executive.

Another source said Mr Tsvangirai will be cautious to avoid a repeat of the 2005 national council meeting in which he sought to overturn council's decision giving the party the green light to participate in senate elections.

Mr Tsvangirai's decision to defy the national council resulted in the party's first split in which the then secretary general, Professor Welshman Ncube, broke away together with then vice-president Mr Gibson Sibanda, who is now late.

"It would be interesting to see how Mr Tsvangirai handles this one. Emotions might run high if he demonstrates intransigence and failure to respect the party's constitution," said another member of the national executive.

MDC-T spokesperson Mr Obert Gutu confirmed that there will be both national executive and national council meetings to discuss issues affecting the party.

"The national council shall receive a report from president Tsvangirai and council will, thereafter, debate and discuss all pertinent issues affecting both the party and the nation at large," said Mr Gutu.

He said some of the issues to be discussed include electoral reforms and the state of the economy.

"Any unfinished constitutional business of the party shall also be finalised. Immediately after the national executive meeting, there shall be convened a meeting of the national council; which is the highest decision-making body of the party in between congresses."

Source: The Herald.