Tsvangirai pardons top aide

By Staff Reporter

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has pardoned his outspoken top aide, Chalton Hwende (pictured) who was suspended August this year for celebrating the assault of party deputy President Thokozani Khupe.

Hwende, who is MDC-T National Deputy Treasurer, also confirmed the lifting of his suspension through a Facebook post on Monday.

“Today I received a letter from President Morgan Tsvangirai informing me that my suspension as the MDC T National Deputy Treasurer has been lifted and I should resume my duties immediately.

“I would like to first and foremost thank the President and all the organs of the party and general party membership and pledge to double my efforts and ensure that in 2018 we deliver change.”

Khupe and some top MDC-T politicians from Matebeleland who include national chair Lovemore Moyo were being accused of resisting the formation of a multi-party opposition alliance against Zanu PF.

She was later assaulted by party youths as she convened what party rivals alleged was an unsanctioned meeting which was meant to discuss a possible split from the main party.

Khupe, who denied the claims, was left nursing injuries as a result of the widely condemned incident.

But Hwende, who, through his social posts, could easily rank as one of Tsvangirai’s most ardent followers, wrote on his Facebook page cheering the assault of his comrades.

He was suspended together with party deputy secretary for information Thabitha Khumalo who was also accused of sponsoring the skirmishes.

Their suspension was pending an internal investigation into the embarrassing incident.

Khumalo’s suspension was lifted some time later.

Reasons behind the lifting of Hwende’s suspension were not readily available.

But besides being outrightly exonerated by the probe, the development could be seen in the former Prime Minister’s attempts to lead a more coherent force into the 2018 polls.

Tsvangirai is standing as Presidential candidate for the opposition grand coalition.

Gary Murambiwa
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