MDC-T supporters in Mutare disrupted party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s meeting with the Manicaland provincial leadership on Sunday morning as they demanded the resignition of secretary-general Mr Tendai Biti and other executives.
Mr Biti and other officials, including suspended deputy treasurer Mr Elton Mangoma, are said to be plotting Mr Tsvangirai’s ouster.
The placard-waving members pitched up at MDC-T’s Darlington medium-density suburb offices as early as 8am, denouncing House of Assembly members Mr Innocent Gonese (Mutare Central), Mr Prosper Mutseyami (Musikavanhu) and Mr Arnold Tsunga (Dangamvura-Chikanga).
Senator Keresencia Chabuka was also not spared, and neither were suspended provincial chairman Mr Julius Magarangoma, suspended spokesperson Mr Pishai Muchauraya and pronvincial treasurer and former Mutare mayor, Mr Brian James.
Officials said to be against Mr Tsvangirai’s leadership were barred from the meeting while others, like losing independent candidate for Mutasa South constituency Mr Regai Tsunga, were jeered.
In a countermeasure, some anti-Tsvangirai supporters were placed at strategic positions in the city centre to spread the rumour that the meeting had been cancelled.