By Takunda Mandura
MDC Alliance Harare Provincial Youth Assembly deputy chairperson Stanley Manyenga says the party’s presidential seat has been ring-fenced for Nelson Chamisa and that officials looking for positions can contest for vice president going downwards at the oncoming congress.
The Nelson Chamisa led party is set to hold its first elective congress since the death of founding party president Morgan Tsvangirai in February last year.
The Congress which has caused sleepless nights in the pro-labour party is scheduled for the 24th to the 26th of May 2019.
Addressing the media at a press conference, Manyenga said a candidate with the backing of Zanu PF will only serve to weaken the party and therefore it was important to reserve the presidency for Chamisa as he is a unifier.
“A reckless and Zanu PF supported presidential candidate choice would weaken the party ahead of future elections … the Assembly resolved to create an equal platform and conducive environment for candidates who intend to contest for the positions of the vice president going downwards at the next Congress to campaign freely and peacefully.
“He (Chamisa) is a unifier who has managed to keep MDC Alliance together since the death of president Morgan Tsvangirai, a big institution with a diverse group of big personalities,” he said.
Manyenga’s statement comes in the wake of reported crippling factionalism which is threatening to split the party as officials are jockeying for positions with some allegedly rooting for party secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora to try his luck for the top post at Congress
Mwonzora though he has not made his intentions known, is viewed as the only possible candidate that can defeat Chamisa owing to his previous victory against the same for the post of secretary general at the last Congress.
Elias Mudzuri who was once thought to be leading a faction in the party in an effort to further his presidential aspirations drew a shocker when he tweeted calling the party MDC-T and yet it is MDC Alliance.
MDC-T is a splinter group that is led by Thokozani Khupe with the help of Obert Gutu and few other former party members.
Mudzuri said the coming MDCT Congress threatens to tear the party apart and also to “jeopardize our chance of winning 2023 elections – ruining the hopes of millions. Let’s do what is right.
“MDCT must respect its Constitution – remove fear & factional divisions to enable members to elect a leader that will unite us and focus on ending suffering in Zimbabwe”.