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MDC rival group to press ahead with extra-ordinary congress

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Former MDC-T Councillor Warship Dumba who is also a member of the Defending Morgan Tsvangirai Legacy (DMTL) says they are going ahead with preparation for the extraordinary congress.

The extraordinary congress stems from the High Court judgement which nullified Nelson Chamisa’s leadership and demanded that leadership be reverted back to 2014 status.

In an interview, Dumba said preparations are at an advanced stage and that they are working on approaching the Supreme Court to nullify Chamisa’s May Congress.

“We are already at an advanced stage with preparations. Our provincial organisers are on the ground working.

“The Supreme Court case is already underway to challenge the recently held congress by the MDC-led by Nelson Chamisa,” he said.

While concerns have been raised over the existence of the 2014 structures with some saying they no longer exist, but Dumba is adamant that the structures are still in place.

“What we have realised is that despite Chamisa holding his jamboree congress our 2014 structures are still in place.

“For example in Harare West we still have our district chairman while Chamisa has roped in a new chairman who is a former CIO operative,” Dumba said.

According to Dumba, their rival group is not after spoiling the party for Chamisa but are seeking to fully respect the rule of law.

However, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume shot back at rival group saying it was hallucinating.

“That’s a hallucination, a congress of the party was held for all to see and the judgement they rely on was appealed thereby suspending it.

“They held their own congress fielded their own Parliamentarians and are engaged in their own talks so how and where do they find the basis to hold an extraordinary congress?

Mafume added that the opposition party has already moved on and is seized with solving the current economic and political crisis facing the country.

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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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