ZIMBABWE – MDC-T Senator Matson Hlalo has defied party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s calls for him to withdraw his court action in the battle for the Bulawayo provincial chairperson’s post against city deputy mayor Gift Banda. Tsvangirai, addressing journalists last week, said Banda had been confirmed as Bulawayo provincial chairperson after the party’s internal process disproved Hlalo’s facts in challenging the deputy mayor’s election in a provincial congress last year.
“In other words, Banda legitimately contested an election and he’s the chairman of the province. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind, it was discussed by the national executive, and the facts speak for themselves. Now, what happens to Matson Hlalo? He’ll have to withdraw his challenge because it wasn’t a challenge,” Tsvangirai told journalists.