Secretary General of the Nelson Chamisa led MDC, Douglas Mwonzora denied being sponsored by Zanu-PF to cause confusion in the opposition party.
In an interview with NewsDay reporter Kudzai Muchenjekwa (ND), Mwonzora (DM) also clarified the nature of the meeting he held with Chief Justice Luke Malaba. He said nothing harmful to MDC was discussed. Below is an excerpt of the interview:
ND: You held a meeting with Chief Justice Luke Malaba after he was heckled in Parliament by MDC legislators, can you explain why you went against the tide?
DM: While I can confirm to you that we did see Chief Justice Malaba, most of the things that are being said about the nature of the meeting are very false. Nothing harmful to the MDC was discussed. A few things were clarified before the Chief Justice, for example, we clarified that the MDC, as a party, respects separation of powers between the Judiciary, Executive and Legislature; number two, that we respect the court; and number three, we respect him as a person — that we made it clear — that does not mean we respect every decision that they make. We separate the person from the decision. But it’s something I am going to be explaining to the party should I get the chance to do that, but from me it’s something so minor that it should not take the time of the (MDC national) council.
The national council has been called to deal with the political developments in the country. I have read from the papers and social media people writing defamatory and damning articles about me. For example, last week there was an article talking about me being bankrolled by Zanu-PF and there was an article on the meeting with Chief Justice Malaba and committing an offence. These articles are false! There is a pattern every time we are having a national council meeting, a group of people starts agitating the party and its organs against me.