JOSTLING for top posts in the MDC-T has reportedly led to the creation of two distinct camps, which are both engaged in smear campaigns, ahead of the party’s elective congress this month end.
MDC-T insiders said the camps were being led by organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, who are both vying for the secretary-general’s post.
Sources said Chamisa, who has already been endorsed by five out of the party’s 12 provinces, is being supported by acting secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada, while Mwonzora has the backing of Theresa Makone, who is eyeing the treasurer-general’s post.
Chamisa has emerged as the front-runner after he was unanimously nominated in Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Mashonaland East, Harare and Chitungwiza provinces.
Mwonzora is yet to get a nomination from any of the provinces for the post.
“Makone doesn’t want Chamisa and for that reason, she is fighting in Mwonzora’s corner for him to win the secretary-general’s post and that team wants to lure (Harare provincial spokesperson Obert) Gutu on its camp so that he goes for the post of spokesperson,” said a source.
So far party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, chairman Lovemore Moyo and his deputy Morgen Komichi have been nominated in all the five provinces.
Sources in the MDC-T said several provinces in Midlands and Matabeleland were pushing for Moyo to be the party’s vice-president and Khupe to be the deputy chairperson of the party as they accused her of fanning disunity in Matabeleland structures.
The fight so far, according to the nominations, is between Abednico Bhebhe, Amos Chibaya and Murisi Zwizwai, who all have been nominated for the post of organising secretary.
As it stands now after the five nominations, another fierce contest will be for the post of deputy
treasurer-general where Mashakada is likely to square off with Tabitha Khumalo, James Makore and Obert Gutu as they have been nominated.
The other post for which heavy contesting is expected will be the organising secretary post where Bhebhe will tussle with Chibaya.
Thamsanqa Mahlangu, Job Sikhala and Bhebhe have also been nominated by the provinces for the post.
Khumalo has also been nominated for the post of deputy spokesperson.