Fresh headache for MDC-T leader

NEWLY-APPOINTED MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa has reportedly stirred fresh controversy within the opposition party after he issued a decree that seeks to protect sitting legislators from being contested in primaries ahead of this year’s general elections.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chamisa was recently endorsed as MDC-T leader following the death of the opposition party’s founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai nearly three weeks ago.
Insiders said the party’s sitting MPs arm-twisted Chamisa into issuing a circular barring internal party elections in constituencies held by opposition legislators.

“The sitting MPs want protection and an open ticket back into the House, claiming they used a lot of resources, including their cars to campaign for him during the internal power struggles. It’s pay-back time, but you will realise that most people have chipped in with one form of help or another,” a party insider said.

“If this is allowed as is the case now, then it could further divide the vote with the possibility of a great number of independent candidates likely to come up. Some of these lawmakers are very unpopular in their constituencies.”

According to a circular announcing the procedures for candidate selection, party structures were supposed to find “consensus” regarding who will represent the MDC-T and only where there was no agreement will a primary election be held.

“Candidate selection will start in orphaned constituencies and wards. Of these, we first deal with those allocated to the MDC-T in the alliance interim agreement. Please note that we have not yet opened applications in relation to those constituencies with sitting MPs.

“The party leaders at each level shall achieve consensus on the candidates, failure which primary elections would be held as determined by the elections directorate in terms of the constitution of the party,” the circular said.

The guidelines barred party provincial and district executives from disqualifying candidates, saying they could only make recommendations for disqualifications to the national elections directorate.

“All prospective candidates should abide and adhere to the stipulated youth, women’s and disability quotas,” the circular said.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the circular, but argued the search for consensus was meant to avoid divisions.

“We will be democratic. We will not impose any candidate and we want the people to choose the candidates they would want to represent them. The idea of consensus is meant to avoid adversorial contests ahead of elections,” Mwonzora said.

But insiders argued Chamisa and his acolytes were avoiding primaries, as a continuation of his refusal to go to an elective congress following Tsvangirai’s death.

“They are sacred to face the people on the ground. They will lose, they have taken a path to destruction,” another source said.

Chamisa rejected calls for an extra-ordinary congress to settle the MDC-T leadership dispute and instead the national council endorsed him as substantive party leader, following a fierce contest against vice-presidents Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri.

20 Comments

  1. Newsday munodhomoka.

    1. ED ndiye ane headache. Kkkkkkkkkk

  2. Uselless topic

    1. The Newsday reporters are really really trying hard to convince us otherwise. There is not even a headache on the part of Chamisa. Inobvepi headache in all honest? This reporter is dumb.

  3. Kurotomoka chaiko!

  4. Saka headache iri papi apa?

    1. how is he going to balance between democracy and payback for the leutenants who rushed him to Harvest house?. both situations are costly and he is in a catch 22 situation. Big headache indeed.

  5. Machemedze C Save Ganda Gobvu

    get organised in yr heads yu newsday reporters

  6. Comment…saka headache yei ..MDC T ia going for primaries

  7. kkkkkkk reporter kutaura kwausina kuswera

  8. haiwavo,tibvigwe apo…..ndanyara chaizvo !newsday yakuita se Herald

  9. It is standard political practice that standing MPs are presented for re-election unless the constituents say otherwise.

  10. tawanda muranda

    Comment…dindingwe rinonaka richakweva rimwe kana rave iro zvonzi mavara angu azara ivhu kkkkkkkk muchachinjana machinja

  11. Who’s ”standard political practice”, let them stand for primaries, if their constituents are happy then they’ve nothing to worry about!!!!

  12. Svana svatanga manje Boycott

  13. This is typical chiborani talk and waste of news space in the news paper .The reporter is the one with a head ache bcoz i think he has bhabhalazi .

  14. Reporter anorwara nepfungwa

  15. Comment…zvenhando izvo chamisa ndozvo kutsvaga pamuromo

  16. chisa mbama chisa!

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