MDC-T considers proposal to “shield” senior officials from being challenged by juniors in primary elections

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.

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MDC-TObert Gutu

The Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirayi (MDC-T) formerly just the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is the main opposition party in Zimbabwe formed in an era of economic melt down and political unrest in 1999. The party was part of Zimbabwe's Government of National... Read More About MDC-T

Obert Chaurura Gutu is a Zimbabwean lawyer, politician and a former member of MDC-T where he was the party's vice president. He was vice to party president Thokozani Khupe. Gutu resigned from the party on 18 January 2020 for what he said were "personal and... Read More About Obert Gutu

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