MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on last week took major steps to stamp his authority after he barred party members from discussing party matters on social media platforms.
As the rot in the opposition deepens, MDC-A members were stunned when the office of the party’s secretary-general, Chalton Hwende, directed group administrators on popular messaging platform WhatsApp to dissuade members from discussing party politics.
In the shocking letter members were directed to stop using the popular social media platform to discuss administrative internal party issues.
“After noting the corrosive and toxic nature of the WhatsApp groups that were created in the name of the party, the national standing committee met on December 2, 2020, and resolved that no member of the MDC-Alliance, regardless of the position one holds, shall be allowed or permitted to discuss, debate or converse party issues or business on WhatsApp groups.
“WhatsApp group administrators who allow their groups to discuss party business and issues will be disciplined, including the members who would have participated in the discussion”.
The letter goes on to threaten disciplinary action against members daring to discuss party matters on the internet.
Contacted for comment Mr Hwende said he was on leave and directed questions to the acting secretary general, Mr David Chimhini, who was not answering calls on his mobile phone.
However, several members of the party confirmed the authenticity of the memo dated December 2.