OPPOSITION leader Morgan Tsvangirai threw the MDC-T constitution into the dustbin when he appointed to the vice presidency Advocate Nelson Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri last Friday.
This is contrary to claims by party officials close to Mr Tsvangirai that the appointments were procedural.
The development has further divided MDC-T as some top party officials are meeting nicodemously and strategising against the appointment of Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri.
The MDC-T constitution, which is supposed to be the opposition party’s bible, is clear on how vice presidents are supposed to assume power.
Mr Tsvangirai actually violated Section 18.104.22.168 of the MDC-T constitution amended and adopted at its 6th congress at the City Sports Centre in Harare, on November 2014.
Section 22.214.171.124 of the MDC-T constitution reads: “The National Standing Committee shall compose of the following office bearers elected by Congress:
(a) the president
(b) the deputy president
(c) the national chairperson
(d) the deputy chairperson
(e) the secretary general
(f) the treasurer general
(g) organising secretary
(h) secretary for information and publicity
(i) chairperson of the youth assembly
(j) chairperson of the women’s assembly who shall each be elected directly by congress from nominations made by the provinces.”
The MDC-T constitution also states who the party leader should appoint:
“And (k), the secretary for elections, who shall be appointed by the president, provided that the Standing Committee may invite any party secretary to any of its meetings.
The MDC-T constitution makes it explicitly clear that a deputy president is elected according to section 9.1.4, which reads: “The president shall, with the exception of the deputy president and deputy chairperson, appoint deputies to officers of congress from a pool of National Executive members elected from provinces and other office bearers where such is provided in this constitution.”
The MDC-T was formed in 1999 and its constitution was approved by the inaugural congress held in Chitungwiza in January 2000.
The constitution was amended and adopted at the second congress at the City Sports Centre in Harare on March 18, 2006.
It was again amended and adopted at the third congress at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on April 30, 2011.
The MDC-T constitution was amended and adopted further at the 6th Congress of the party at the City Sports Centre on November 1, 2014.
Yesterday, another senior party official came out guns blazing branding Mr Tsvangirai a dictator and urging Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri to introspect on the violation of the MDC-T constitution.
“It is clear the party constitution states that positions for vice presidency are part of the presidium and are elective positions,” said the senior MDC-T official.
“This will not be taken lying down. There is general consensus right through to the structures — they are saying a big no to dictatorship. People are saying it is actually embarrassing for the appointees to accept those positions.
“They should look at themselves (Adv Chamisa and Eng Mudzuri) as principled athletes. Who would accept a medal in a race they did not participate? People were canvassed and money changed hands.” herald