27 April 2014

Zimbabwe: Throngs At MDC-T Headquarters in Tsvangirai Support

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MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a rally.

OVER a thousand supporters of MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai thronged Harvest House, the party's headquarters, on Sunday to show support to the embattled leader in the wake of a virtual internal revolt by party officials led by its secretary general Tendai Biti.

The supporters converged at the party headquarters early morning when word spread that Tsvangirai was going to convene a party meeting to respond to his "suspension" by a party national council that was convened by Biti at a training centre in one of Harare's low density suburbs Saturday.

The toy-toying crowd was later addressed by party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and secretary for information Douglas Mwonzora who, moments before, had addressed a hastily arranged press conference.

A section of the crowd continued to toy-toy when rains hit the city centre Sunday afternoon, making Mandela Avenue virtually impassable.

Truncheon wielding police officers kept an eye on the MDC-T process, which was converted into a virtual rally with a public address system outside playing music in praise of Tsvangirai.

The crowd chanted songs in praise of Tsvangirai, who is away to Buhera to address rallies.

Addressing the press earlier, party spokesperson, Mwonzora described the national council meeting convened by Biti as a "clandestine and bogus" meeting which was held in breach of the party's constitution adding that only the party president can convene such a meeting.

Mwonzora said the former premier remained the legitimate leader of the opposition party and blamed President Mugabe and the CIO for allegedly sponsoring the MDC-T revolt.

Meanwhile, the Tsvangirai faction will on Tuesday convene its own "genuine" national council meeting which will decide on Biti's fate.

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