Gutu is part of a group of senior party leaders opposed to Tsvangirai’s appointment of Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa and Warren Park counterpart Elias Mudzuri as his deputies.
The MDC-T now has three vice-presidents, including Thokozani Khupe, who was elected at the party’s congress in October 2014 following the split with then secretary general Tendai Biti and former treasurer general Elton Mangoma.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday Gutu said: “Folks, I have been receiving threats of violence against my person.
“Some of the threats are extremely serious because they are tantamount to naked death threats. I have every reason to believe that my life is in danger.
“I am presently consulting with my close family members and in the fullness of time, I will be in a position to map the way forward. Please pray for me!!”
The MDC-T spokesperson confirmed to NewZimbabwe.com that he had received threats to his life.
“I am dealing with the issue of my security. That is paramount to me now,” said Gutu.
He refused to comment on whether he would attend Wednesday’s joint sitting of the party’s national executive and national council. The two meetings are supposed to deal with the divisions caused by the appointments.
Last week the party’s national standing committee was aborted after Khupe objected to Chamisa and Mudzuri’s presence.
The MDC-T’s youths were Tuesday reportedly mobilising across Harare and Chitungwiza to “dal with Gutu”.
“They are meeting currently in Chitungwiza and parts of Harare mobilising youths to congregate at the party’s headquarters Harvest House on Wednesday while the top leadership meets.
“The idea is to intimidate or better still harass those opposed to Tsvangirai’s appointments,” a source close to the developments said.
Mangoma was violently attacked during a sitting of the MDC-T national council in 2014 after penning a letter demanding that Tsvangirai resigns following the 2013 election loss to Zanu PF.
In 2005 Tsvangirai was accused of again mobilizing party youths against then secretary general Welshman Ncube after disagreements emerged over participation in senatorial elections. The fall-out led to the first split.
After Tsvangirai appointed Mudzuri and Chamisa party vice-presidents, Gutu announced on Facebook that he would not be commenting on the matter instead, referring questions to the party’s leader.
Khupe also echoed the same sentiments when asked by journalists in Bulawayo during the party’s #Beat-The-Pot protest.
Title: MDC-T vice presidents row: Gutu says fears for his life
Author: Staff Reporter
Source: New Zimbabwe