THE MDC-T’s key ally, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), yesterday offered to conduct the opposition party’s internal elections this month end.
ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo said his organisation had in-depth experience in conducting elections for other institutions and thus remains open to assist the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora recently said the party was scouting for an independent organisation to conduct its hotly-contested internal polls to be held in Harare.
“We will consider the request when it comes, but it is a fact that ZCTU has the expertise to conduct elections as proven by our assistance to our sister organisation in the past,” Moyo said.
The labour body has been an MDC-T ally since its formation in 1999.
The MDC-T congress will be taking place after the party split for the second time in less than a decade, leading to the formation of two splinter organisations – MDC and MDC Renewal Team.
The latest split which occurred early this year was sparked by former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma’s letter calling on Tsvangirai to step down as party leader.
Since then, several MDC-T legislators and top officials have crossed the floor to the MDC Renewal Team, thus creating a lot of vacancies to be filled at the congress.
Mwonzora and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa are both vying for the secretary-general’s post which fell vacant following the departure of Tendai Biti.
However, Chamisa is tipped to land the post after he received nominations from all the party’s 10 provinces.
As of last weekend, only Tsvangirai’s post remained unchallenged with his lieutenants set for a bruising battle to retain their seats.