via Tsvangirai blames Bob for party chaos 29/04/2014 by AFP in NewZimbabwe
LOYALISTS of long-time Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai voted to oust members of a rival faction from their party on Tuesday, as a split in the forces battling President Robert Mugabe deepened.
Former prime minister Tsvangirai moved to regain control of the party he has led since its birth 15 years ago, and which appears set for an irrevocable fissure.
The Movement for Democratic Change’s national council voted to expel ex-finance minister and party stalwart Tendai Biti and all members of a group who on Saturday voted to suspended Tsvangirai as leader.
The infighting leaves the MDC’s future in serious doubt just months after it suffered a crushing electoral defeat at the hands of Mugabe.
Mugabe’s victory prompted much soul searching among the opposition, which had reluctantly formed a power-sharing government with Mugabe for the four years before the election.
Biti, who had been secretary general of the party, had been among those who called for a more fierce opposition to Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.
Tsvangirai said there would be a party congress in October.
Keeping close watch … Riot police monitor the crowds at the MDC-T offices in Harare
“It does not make Mugabe stronger, far from it. Mugabe’s strength cannot be based on power, it has to be based on popularity,” he said.
“I don’t believe President Mugabe has the popular support of the people of Zimbabwe.”
Tsvangirai said all the three successive elections he lost to Mugabe were rigged.
“I have never lost an election in this land,” he said. “The solid support that we enjoy in this country is unquestionable.”
Tsvangirai said the Saturday meeting by Biti and his team was secretly planned without the knowledge of the party.
“For a very long time we believed Tendai Biti believed in something, the man does not believe in anything other than his hypocrisy.
Hundreds of Tsvangirai supporters sang and danced outside Harvest House, the party’s headquarters, where the former premier addressed them.