MDC Alliance president, Mr Nelson Chamisa has gagged senior officials from the party from commenting on the forthcoming congress as the opposition leader struggles to contain the simmering tension among members.
Addressing journalists today at Morgan Tsvangirai House formerly Harvest House in Harare, Mr Chamisa threatened members who used social media and different platforms to denounce others ahead of congress saying there would be "gnashing of teeth for those crossed the line."
Chamisa said the culture of intimidating other party leaders who would be vying for senior posts must end.
"We have since said we will not allow our leaders to be all spokespersons on the congress. There is going to be one spokesperson that is the party's spokesperson. All the other leaders are going to be spokespersons of themselves when they campaign quietly and in accordance with the congress template," said Mr Chamisa.
"Leaders are very clear and they know that when we have rules they are meant to be observed and not to be broken. When you break rules you are also inviting challenges to yourself, because the law is meant to punish those who disobey it."
"We must understand that as we go to congress, tensions are likely to run high, it's gone be choppy, tough and exciting. Leaders' are encouraged to exercise patience, we must not exchange blows in an undemocratic manner. We have also said as leadership, we are not going to accept, those declarations typical of Zanu-PF. We are not Zanu-PF, we don't have declarations, we have nominations and they would be announced," Chamisa said.
He also skirted on giving details on his so called diplomatic offensive that he claimed to have embarked upon last week claiming that his opponents should not know whom "we meet."