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Rival MDC Alliance faction vows to organise parallel party programmes

Disgruntled MDC members who were left seething with anger after chaotic districts and provincial congresses in Masvingo will have to live to fight another day after provincial chairperson James Gumbi has dismissed rumours that there will be a re-run for 20 districts.

The Masvingo provincial congress gave MDC leader Nelson Chamisa a torrid time after it emerged that the provincial executive led by Gumbi had manipulated the processes to their favour.

Members of the Tongai Matutu-led team refused to accept the Gumbi executive and are believed to be the ones behind the peddling of information calling for congress re-run in 20 districts in the province.

The Matutu team is at war with the Gumbi executive whom they say is illegitimate and have vowed to organise parallel party programmes.

In a statement, Gumbi said he was aware of some mischievous party members who are sending falsehoods saying there will be congress re-run in 20 districts in the province.

"I have noted with grave concern that there are some mischievous elements amongst ourselves who are posting and spreading falsehoods on social media that there are District Congresses to be re- done on May 11, 2019 in respect of 20 districts.

"I wish to put the record straight that as the duly elected chairman of the province, such utterances are not only unfounded but also falsehoods and wishful thinking bend on misleading our esteemed members.

"Please note that there cannot be a congress after congress," said Gumbi.

Gumbi warned that those found wanting will face disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, Chamisa has put in place an appeals committee which will look into all cases of disgruntled provinces after there was an outcry in Bulawayo.

There has been no formal challenge from Masvingo.

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