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Biti faction not attending Tsvangirai congress

The Movement for Democratic Change faction loyal to secretary-general Tendai Biti will not attend the October congress that has been called for by the faction led by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai claiming that Tsvangirai has no authority to call the congress because he was suspended. The Biti faction suspended Tsvangirai and most of the leaders on Saturday but the Tsvangirai faction fired Biti and his group on Tuesday. Each group is currently claiming to be the legitimate MDC. “Whatever they have done is null and void,” Elton Mangoma, who was fired first for calling on Tsvangirai to step down. “We are going to effect the resolutions that were made by the proper national council at Mandel.” Mangoma’s lawyer and spokesman for the new group, Jacob Mafume said: “As far as their congress is concerned, isn’t it strange that after making sure that he has terrorised everyone who wanted to challenge him, he now says let us go to congress? Unfortunately, we will not go into any contestation whose outcome is predetermined.”

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