Zimbabwe opposition MDC holding congress

The party will elect new leaders with Morgan Tsvangirai almost certain to retain his post as party leader.

Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai speaks in Harare on 1 August, 2013. He described the last election as a "huge farce". Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE, Harare - In Zimbabwe, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been holding a congress to elect new leaders with Morgan Tsvangirai almost certain to retain his post as party president.

But the gathering is going largely unnoticed by many Zimbabweans: it's been overshadowed by serious infighting within the ruling Zanu-PF party of President Robert Mugabe.

Tsvangirai has vowed that this will be the last congress the MDC holds as an opposition party.

But scant interest is being shown by Zimbabweans on the streets and on social media.

The big news story at the moment is the political fortunes of Vice President Joice Mujuru: she's become a de facto opposition figure in the wake of unprecedented criticism from President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace and state media.

Analysts say the MDC has lost momentum in the wake of last year's polls.

Secretary General Tendai Biti left the party earlier this year and there's speculation that his group may be willing to join another splinter MDC party led by Welshman Ncube.