MDC wants Tsvangirai to step down

Party insiders say the document was given to Tsvangirai on Thursday by a group of senior MDC officials.

FILE: A leaked document shows that senior members of Zimbabwe's main opposition party want Morgan Tsvangirai to step down as leader. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - A leaked document shows that senior members of Zimbabwe's main opposition party want Morgan Tsvangirai to step down as leader.

The MDC maintains that last year's election was stolen, but some officials believe the party must shoulder some of the blame for what went wrong and they want a new leader to face Zanu-PF in the next polls in 2018.

The leaked document which is signed by MDC Deputy Treasurer Elton Mangoma says people inside and outside Zimbabwe are losing confidence in the party.

Mangoma urges Tsvangirai to step down to allow the election of a new leader, although he would be given a new role as founding president.

Party insiders say the document was given to Tsvangirai on Thursday by a group of senior MDC officials.

But on Friday Tsvangirai gave no suggestion his leadership was under challenge.

Instead he told reporters and diplomats attending a press conference in Harare that the MDC was a united and happy family and he vowed to pursue his quest to bring change to the country.