Outspoken Movement for Democratic Change legislator, Sekai Holland, who was a member of the party’s Guardian Council has joined the Renewal Team and has described party leader Morgan Tsvangirai as the “Godfather of intra-party violence”, according to New Zimbabwe.Com. “Violence as a means of control and oppression remains a central feature of the party with accusations never investigated properly that it emanates from the office of the president. It remains a sore point to many members and in particular those like me who are survivors of state torture. The Mandel meeting was constitutional and the decision to put the party under the curatorship of the Guardians Council is in line with our constitution,” she said. Holland said in a statement yesterday that Tsvangirai had turned the MDC into a personal property. “It is clear that the MDC-Tsvangirai has become the personal property of one individual. It is time to reject that and return to our founding principles. The MDC Renewal team is where those who still adhere to the original values and principles of the party are regrouping. I therefore on this note and occasion officially assume the role of interim party president as directed by the national council at Mandel,” she said. Holland said Tsvangirai was also an embarrassment to women. “Lucia Matibenga, a senior member of the party and respected women’s leader regionally and internationally, was dumped unconstitutionally. I was ejected from the party in 2003 but remained resolute in the hope that Tsvangirai would change his ways. I need not elaborate on Tsvangirai’s own personal behaviour and attitude towards women. Our silence on that score has been a huge embarrassment,” she said.