Frustrated MDC-T supporters have been urged not to ditch the party, but discard underperforming and corrupt party candidates during the party’s primary elections.
Mbizo MP and party national executive member Settlement Chikwinya made the call at a rally in his constituency over the weekend.
“MDC is the people’s project and we should not allow it to be lost because some people who were put in power have ditched you. What the people need to do is to kick out those people and replace them with new leadership from within the party. . . let’s not throw away the baby with the bath water simply because one person has failed to perform,” Chikwinya said.
Chikwinya’s utterances came at a time serious allegations of corruption and incompetence have rocked nearly all MDC-T-led councils around the country prompting the party to investigate councillors.
In Mbizo, Councillor Johannes Ngozo has been taken to court on allegations of fraud after reportedly duping desperate home seekers of over $10 000.
The MP told supporters he understood their frustrations but said this was no reason for them to abandon the MDC-T, urging them to vote “wisely” in the primary elections to ensure those who had failed them were not retained.
“It is your duty to keep the leaders accountable and elections give us a chance to either reaffirm our confidence in the leadership or to change it if they are not meeting your expectations,” he said.