Acting MDC-T president Elias Mudzuri and vice president Nelson Chamisa have openly declared that they are gunning to succeed ailing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai who hinted that he wants to step down and handover the reigns of power to “the younger generation”.
Tsvangirai is believed to have picked Chamisa as his preferred successor but Mudzuri made it clear that he is ready to take over as MDC-T president. He said this to journalists after touring banks and industries in Harare’s Southerton area yesterday. Said Mudzuri:
In the unlikely event that he (Tsvangirai) fails, I think you can see that we are able-bodied so one of us should be able to take over and I am also part of that one of us so I should be able to take over. The reason I came here is to do exactly what Tsvangirai would have done, that is coming down to the people to hear for himself. By being asked to act as president, I feel I must do exactly what the people expect from him. I am doing what Morgan would have done.
Chamisa, told News24 on Wednesday that Tsvangirai remained the party’s “best way forward” but if he was to retire, he would be ready to take over. Said Chamisa:
Tsvangirai remains the icon of the party; he is our mentor and is the face of the party in the coming polls. The party has given him enough time to recuperate and take the party to its glory. But if he steps down, we’re ready to lead. We’re currently meeting and consulting our structures. The party has to make that decision. Our best way forward remains Tsvangirai. But, because of circumstances we’re preparing for that . . . Well, we’re not preparing to take over but to take off. We are preparing to succeed and take the party forward. And again the issue of taking over remains an issue of the party and we’re awaiting that decision.
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