By Martin Mawaya
Preparations for MDC-T extra ordinary congress are underway with the Midlands south province 2014 structures already engaging its district organs on the latest developments in the party, chairperson Fransico Masendeke said.
“As the Midlands south province, we are busy preparing for the congress. The structures in the districts have been informed and are anxiously waiting for national council to come up with the date and venue,” said Masendeke.
He added that the province wanted the top leadership to call for the national council as required by the constitution.
“As the province, we want the leadership to convene the national council meeting of the 2014 structures as required by the MDC constitution.
“The national council plan for the congress not by two individuals. So as a party we must follow the MDC constitutional provisions,” he said.
He said “as the Midlands south province we want the bonafide 2014 structures to participate not to handpick people who are not delegates to favour victory of certain candidates”.
“We are therefore engaging with the acting national chairperson and the organising secretary so that we verify structures as well as agreeing on the issue of delegates,” said Masendeke.
The Midlands south chairperson argued the leadership to stop the recalling of elected officials and start the process of uniting the fragmented party.
“We are saying since the congress is around the corner, why should the party continue recalling our elected officials.
“This must stop because the national council is the only body mandated to resolve disciplinary action and recalling of elected officials from the party, but since the Supreme court judgment we haven’t hold a national council of 2014 structures.
“The question is whose mandate and power are the councillors and Members of Parliament are being recalled from,” queried Masendeke.
The extra ordinary congress is set to replace the vacant left by the MDC founding president Dr Morgen Richard Tsvangirai who died from colony cancer in 2018.