New twist to battle for the heart and soul of the MDC-T: Youths plead peace

HARARE MDC youths have called for a return to constitutionalism, and have at the same time asked the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) not to interfere in the party’s internal processes as the battle to control Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (formerly Harvest House) takes centre stage, Zim Morning Post can report.

The statement was uttered at a Press briefing that was hastily put up by MDC-T Harare provincial youth chairperson, Paul Gorekore, after he and his lieutenants appeared to retake the party headquarters from rival MDC-T faction on Monday.

“We urge the ZRP to desist from interfering in MDC internal political affairs and immediately vacate the headquarters,” he said.

Gorekore is leading a group of youths who have retaken control of the MDC party headquarters, MRT House, in a bid to arm-twist the other faction, MDC-T, into an emergency meeting.

The youths are said to be looking for a meeting between the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance and his rivals Thokozani Khupe, Douglas Mwonzora and Morgen Komichi in the MDC-T for unification of the party.

Gorekore further said the youths had taken over the party security organ as they were the vanguards and custodians of the party and its future.

He said they had chosen the head-on approach as a way to unite the party in the face of State capture by the Zanu PF government.

“This was necessitated by realisation of the need to unite the people in fight for a better Zimbabwe and defend the civilian space in the face of military State capture,” Gorekore said.

“We, as the youths of the party as per the 2014 structures, have decided to go beyond our differences and unite to resolve the current crisis.

“We are concerned by the recent developments where the party had been infiltrated and captured by some Zanu PF elements who are battling to destroy the people’s movement, thereby aiding and abeting the suffering of the masses,” he added.

MDC Harare province youths said the move to repossess the party headquarters was meant to restore normalcy within the party and reverse decisions that were made by some party leaders without consulting party structures.

The youths said the continued divisions within the party had caused Zanu PF to infiltrate the opposition, leading to continued expulsions within the party as well as parliamentary recalls.