Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka announced that the ailing MDC-T leader had appointed one of his vice presidents Nelson Chamisa as the party’s acting president taking over from Engineer Elias Mudzuri.
Chamisa was appointed acting vice president as Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe are in South Africa where they are engaged in coalition talks with other opposition parties. The statement by Tamborinyoka reads:
President Morgan Tsvangirai has with effect from today, 7 February 2018, affirmed vice president Honourable Nelson Chamisa as the acting President of the party by operation of the Constitution until the President’s return. This is in light of the president’s absence and that of the two other vice presidents who are both in South Africa. VP Chamisa also continues in his assigned duties as the acting chairperson of the MDC Alliance.
The Herald reports that the appointment of Chamisa as acting president has been met with hostility with a senior party official claiming that it is fake since Tsvangirai is in a critical condition and cannot speak.