MDC Congress irreversible

By Daniel Chigundu

MDC says its elective congress set for the end of this month will go ahead as planned despite the High Court judgement.

High Court Judge Justice Edith Mushore ruled that Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri’s appointment to the post of party vice presidents by the late Morgan Tsvangirai were illegal.

Justice Mushore also ordered MDC to hold an extraordinary congress instead of the elective congress that is being planned.

However, addressing a press conference MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said they disagree with the judgement and that the Congress will not be stopped.

“For the avoidance of doubt, preparations for the main congress are at an advanced stage and 6800 delegates will attend.

“That process is irreversible. We shall hold a historic and joyous congress under the theme: Defining a New Course for Zimbabwe,” he said.

According to Mafume “the choice of leaders of any political party the world over is the sole preserve of the members of that party.

“It can never be a judicial process. Equally, the actions, activities and programs of a political party, being a voluntary organisation whose existence is protected by the constitution, is the sole preserve of the members of that party,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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