In an interview with NewsDay, secretary-general of the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Douglas Mwonzora said he is yet to decide on what office he will run for during the party’s congress next year.
Mwonzora (DM) told NewsDay (ND) that the decision to run for president does not depend on him but a number of people. He added that no group of people has come to him requesting that he challenges Chamisa for the presidency. He said has not campaigned for presidency and is happy that Chamisa leads the party. Below is an excerpt of Mwonzora’s NewsDay interview:
ND: Since the party is headed for a congress next year and there is talk that you are eyeing the presidency — are you tossing your hat into the ring?
DM: For the avoidance of doubt, I am not saying anything yet about what office I may or may not run for. That is a decision I’m yet to make and that is a decision that does not depend on me alone, but on a number of people, but I am not right now campaigning to be president of the MDC. I know as member of the party I can contest for any post. I’m allowed to contest over any position, but right now I have not campaigned for presidency of MDC and right now the president of the MDC is Nelson Chamisa and I am the secretary-general and quite happy with that arrangement.
ND: You said that the decision of becoming a presidential candidate for MDC is not entirely up to you; in the event that people call on you to contest, will you take heed of the call?
DM: I don’t know, because that issue has not arisen. No group of people has come to me with that issue, so it’s all theoretical and I am a very practical person. There are a lot of factors that one looks at before they run for any office and I will inevitably look at those. However, I think I should put everybody’s mind to rest here that the issue has not arisen in my mind at all. We have better and more pressing issues to deal with.