MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has claimed that the party has no presidential candidate.
This is despite the fact that the party’s co-vice president Nelson Chamisa was appointed the acting president by the national council for the next 12 months. Mwonzora added that he stands by the provisions of clause 9:2.1.1 of the MDC-T constitution which states that in the event of the death of the president, the deputy president assumes the role of acting president pending the holding an extraordinary congress within a year. Said Mwonzora:
We are going to have a candidate soon. There were proposals made at a consultative held last Friday but they were subject to endorsement by the national council or congress. The congress or council can select anyone and the law is very clear on what should be done. I haven’t changed my position regarding what the MDC constitution says in the event of the death of the president, especially clause 9:2.1.1.
However, MDC-T deputy spokeswoman Ms Thabitha Khumalo rubbished Mwonzora’s arson claims and that the party had no presidential candidate. Said Khumalo:
There is nothing like that. Why didn’t they go and report to the police and why are they making those claims now? These people are just trying to gain political mileage. With regards to presidential candidate, we have (Mr) Chamisa who was endorsed by the national council to act for the next 12 months, a period which also covers election time.