MDC- Alliance Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora has said that he knows Zanu-PF is afraid of him. Mwonzora was responding to questions on the possible rivalry between him and MDC-Alliance President Nelson Chamisa in contesting for the presidential position at the party’s congress in May.
The Standard’s Big Interview with Obey Manayiti had asked Mwonzora:
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Do you think there is a plan by Zanu PF to meddle in MDC affairs and influence the outcome of the party’s internal elections at the congress as reported by some media outlets?
What I know is that Zanu PF people are afraid of my candidature because Zanu PF has dealt with me for quite a long time as a member of the opposition.
This is the party that has detained me for over 34 times, starting with my detention at Whawha in 1990 and another detention in Mutare when I was heading Copac (Constitution Parliamentary Committee).
I am sure as chairperson of Copac I must have given Zanu PF a few sleepless nights. I have a formula for defeating that party. I defeated Zanu PF first as a member of ZUM ( Zimbabwe Unity Movement) and fought against a one-party state and we won.
In 1989-90, we fought against a one-party state and I was a member of the students’ union as well as a member of ZUM, where I was in the executive as will presidential spokesperson.
We were able to defeat Zanu PF in its one-party state agenda.
In 1997 I took the government to court over the constitutionality of the Political Parties Finance Act and I successfully challenged it in on the Supreme Court, which he was the Constitutional Court on that occasion.
I have been a member of alt- the MDC and as a member of Copac we have had our new Constitution and it came via the leadership I offered to my colleagues. So I am not doubtful regarding what I can achieve.
I think I do possess the abil-ities of strategic thinking and strategic planning. I think I will be more difficult for the Zanu PF people.
Some MDC-Alliance members loyal to Nelson Chamisa have accused senior party member of being paid by Zanu-PF to frustrate Nelson Chamisa’s bid to continue leading the party after the congress in May.
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Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer, politician and senator representing Movement for Democratic Change in parliament. Mwonzora was former Secretary General of the MDC Alliance before he lost to Chalton Hwende in the 2019 Congress held in Gweru but got reprieve from the Supreme Court ruling... Read More About Douglas Mwonzora