The MDC-T’s electorate directorate recently proposed an internal election guidelines that seek to shield members of the party’s national executive, among them sitting legislators, from being challenged by their subordinates ahead of the 2018 general elections.
Speaking to NewsDay, party spokesperson, Obert Gutu confirmed that the party was in the process of crafting a template to guide the selection of candidates for the 2018 elections, but appealed for calm as the guidelines were still at the draft stage. Said Gutu:
I have always said this, it is work in progress. The document that you are talking about is work in progress and deliberations on it are still there. People should not rush to the Press because we are still consulting and when all is done, party structures will be told.
The proposed election guidelines, which were tabled before the party’s standing committee on Monday, were reportedly dismissed by some members in the MDC-T national council, provincial and district structures as meant to protect unpopular and underperforming legislators.