MDC-T national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, has dismissed as a nullity the suspension of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai by a group pushing for leadership change in the beleaguered opposition party.
The group, led by secretary general Tendai Biti and the expelled Elton Mangoma, held a meeting in Harare Saturday where Tsvangirai and top officials backing him to remain party leader were suspended.
However, Chamisa - a staunch Tsvangirai supporter - said: "This is utter nonsense. They have actually formed a party not that they have suspended us.
"How can one claim to be divorcing a partner whom he or she had already been divorced from many years ago? It's a nullity to us and it means nothing.
"Biti has also always wanted to be the party President, and we all knew that. It is only after today that he as divulged his intensions."
Chamisa downplayed claims that Biti and Mangoma had the backing of key western donors who are said to be unimpressed with Tsvangirai.
"Do donors vote? We are worried with Zimbabweans who are the voters. Donors do not vote.
"We are a party which has a mandate of the people of Zimbabwe and that is our constituency," he added.