The Nelson Chamisa led MDC has merged Harare province with Chitungwiza while Midlands North and South have been collapsed into one as part of preparations for its elective congress scheduled for May.
This brings the number of MDC provinces to 10. MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume told the Daily News that the party was merely implementing a 2014 congress resolution whose implementation had been delayed owing to “circumstances beyond our control”. Said Mafume:
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Going into this congress, we will have 10 provincial executives after merging Harare and Chitungwiza as well as the two Midlands structures because they are not supposed to be existent if the 2014 congress had been implemented. Districts that will be affected by the development will be merged into the provinces they belong to in the national architecture. For example, Goromonzi will go back to Mashonaland East while Norton and Mhondoro will be under Mashonaland West province.
A senior MDC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the development means some officials from Norton, Mhondoro and Goromonzi who might have wanted to contest for positions in their provinces, will be affected. However, Mafume said this was not an issue since the party could not go into a new congress without implementing resolutions of the old one.
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Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the MDC Alliance and formerly with People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he was the party spokesperson. He was elected Mayor of Harare on 3 September 2020 to replace Herbert... Read More About Jacob Mafume