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Tsvangirai summons Bulawayo MDC heavyweights

Brian Chitemba

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has summoned MDC-T heavyweights in Bulawayo to quiz them over the recent defections of 84 party members in Makokoba. Makokoba is represented by Tsvangirai’s deputy, Thokozani Khupe, in parliament.

The 84 members are believed to have dumped the MDC-T to join the Welshman Ncube-led MDC after accusing Khupe of “abusing them and working with Zanu PF”.

Tsvangirai is currently in Bulawayo and sources said he is determined to get to the bottom of the matter and determine why the supporters have ditched his party.

Tsvangirai is expected to chair a no-holds-barred meeting with his party’s Bulawayo provincial executive committee led by chairman and State Enterprises and Parastatals minister Gorden Moyo, in which the defections issue would take centre stage along with the state of the party in Bulawayo.

Sources said Tsvangirai was also expected to meet some of the defectors at the MDC-T Bulawayo provincial offices as part of his mission to lure them back to the party.

Khupe has vehemently denied that the “defectors” were members of the MDC-T and labelled the reports as part of Ncube’s propaganda war to wrest the seat from her in the next election.

Ncube lost the same seat to Khupe in the 2008 elections, but has been taking advantage of the internal squabbling plaguing the MDC-T in Bulawayo. Independent