MDC president, Welshman Ncube, has urged MDC-T acting president, Nelson Chamisa, to rise to the occasion and urgently introduce tough disciplinary measures to ensure zero tolerance towards political violence within the opposition party’s ranks ahead of this year’s elections.
BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
Ncube, who doubles up as MDC Alliance spokesperson where Chamisa is also acting leader, said the level of intolerance and intra-party violence exhibited by MDC-T activists in the past few days was worrisome.
Ncube’s remarks follows the recent brutal assault on MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe, organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe and secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora by party youths at the burial of Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera.
The MDC leader urged warring parties in the MDC-T to resolve their leadership wrangles in a more mature manner than resorting to violence.
“Violence and threats of violence should have no place in our political discourse as it attacks the very foundations of our constitutional democratic freedoms and liberties, thereby negating the right of each individual to hold political opinions of their choice,” he said.
“The MDC encourages the acting president of the MDC-T to continuously show zero tolerance to violence and to consistently speak against it.”
Khupe has declared herself the bonafide MDC-T acting president, and vowed to organise an extraordinary congress to iron out the leadership dispute. Chamisa, who was last week appointed interim party leader by the MDC-T national council, has also launched consultative meetings with various party organs to find closure to the leadership dispute.
“The MDC appeals to all young Zimbabweans who have undoubtedly been re-energised, excited and motivated by the possibility of the acting president of the MDC-T becoming the official presidential candidate of the MDC Alliance in this year’s harmonised elections scheduled to be held anytime between July 22 and August 22, 2018, to shun violence and threats of violence and to seek to bring about change through hard work by organising, mobilising and motivating others to register as voters and to turn up to vote on election day,” Ncube said.