MDC-T Deputy Nelson Chamisa insists that he was appointed the party’s acting president by ailing leader Morgan Tsvangirai who is in South Africa where he is receiving treatment.
In an interview with The Standard’s Obey Manayiti (OM), Chamisa (NC) said he was appointed the same way Elias Mudzuri was appointed. Mudzuri has however accused Chamisa of lying. Below is an excerpt of Chamisa’s interview:
OM: Can you tell us about the party’s position now on the acting-president. What is really happening?
NC: The president is the one who appoints and disappoints. The same way VP Khupe was at some point appointed to act as the president and as announced by the president to the world and the same way VP Mudzuri was appointed to act and the same spokesperson announced to the world. That is the same way that I had myself being appointed, particularly looking at the fact that Mudzuri was in Cape Town together with VP Khupe. I was the only one left in Zimbabwe and it became natural that the vacuum be filled. Nobody can appoint themselves.
OM: So you are the acting-president?
NC: I am very thankful to the president for giving me this opportunity to exercise a fiduciary duty and caretaker responsibility as we await the president to return. It is time for us to unite within the party and even beyond to get every Zimbabwean to have a platform and an opportunity to make Zimbabwe a shining star and jewel of the world. The party is intact; the structures are solid, the organs are dynamic and active and we are running campaigns. We want president Tsvangirai to come back and take charge on the final mile to a new Zimbabwe with a robust institution.
OM: Who is going to be in charge of the party?
NC: I want to thank vice-president Mudzuri who has been acting before I was assigned this important task. We are a disciplined democratic organisation governed by procedures and rules as espoused in our constitution and party statutes and that is what guides us. Just to clear the air, I am convening a meeting that is going to be held in the next few days to make sure that the organisation is on course. We want to eliminate any noise in the cockpit. We must clear off any dust on the road to a new Zimbabwe.