Zimbabwe’s opposition suspends official who asked leader to quit

Dozens of anti-riot police kept watch outside the MDC headquarters in central Harare as the party’s national council, its top decision-making body, met. MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti said the suspension of deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma was irregular and said members had been intimidated during a meeting he said was not properly constituted. Biti, finance minister in a coalition government with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party until last July, said Mangoma had not been given a proper opportunity to defend himself and the national council members had not conducted a vote as required under party rules. “We are very frightened about the mutation of the MDC into another ZANU-PF and in my capacity as secretary general I have a duty to protect a movement, and one which so many people believe in,” Biti said, speaking at his law firm in Harare. “We have to rectify what went wrong, to make sure we have a properly constituted national council that will deal with the matter properly with respect to due process,” Biti said. Mangoma angered Tsvangirai’s supporters when he sent the party leader an open letter in January asking him to resign, arguing that he had failed to push through […]

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