By James Martin
MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has told Nelson Chamisa’s loyalists that if they choose to be foolish and boycott the extraordinary congress, no one will care as others will make decisions on their behalf.
The Supreme Court in its judgement a few days ago ordered Thokozani Khupe that as the legitimate acting president of MDC-T, she must organise an extraordinary congress in about three months to choose a substantive replacement for the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
The court also ordered that Khupe should use the 2014 party structures in choosing the substantive party leader, however, most of the senior members from the 2014 structures are reportedly backing Chamisa and some have said they will boycott the congress.
However, Mwonzora has responded that the congress is not for him, Komichi and Khupe but is for all MDC members who should come and make the important decision adding that if people choose to boycott they will not be missed.
“This is not a Komichi, Khupe, Mwonzora congress. It is an extraordinary congress of the MDC and the members of the MDC are saying they will come to the decision of the supreme court and attend the extraordinary congress.
“So whoever refuses to come to the extraordinary congress takes a conscious risk. It is their democratic right. It is foolish in my view. It’s their democratic right and they can do it.
“Those who want to come to the congress are free to come and we will be fair. I’m the secretary-general of the party as I have been reinstated by the supreme court. If people decide not to attend the congress and boycott it then those who are there will make decisions on their behalf,” he said.
Members of the 2014 leadership structure who are backing Nelson Chamisa include Paurina Mpariwa (Deputy Secretary-General), Theresa Makoni (Treasurer General), Charlton Hwende (Deputy Treasure General), Amos Chibaya (Deputy Organiser), Thabitha Khumalo (Deputy Information and Publicity), Murisi Zwizwai (Secretary for Elections), Happymore Chidziva (Youth Chair), Lynette Kore (Women Chair) and Cecil Zvidzai (Presidential Affairs).
The Khupe faction currently has Morgen Komichi (Deputy Chairman) and Douglas Mwonzora (Secretary-General) while the other members such as Lovemore Moyo (Chairman) resigned, Obert Gutu (Information and Publicity) resigned while and Abednico Bhebhe’s status is unknown.
It remains to be seen how the planning of the congress will proceed as the party has new people in lower structures most of whom were not there in 2014 when Mwonzora outclassed Chamisa for the position of Secretary-General. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER