MDC president Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday lept to the defence of underfire secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who has been attacked on social media for suggesting that he will run for the presidency at the Congress slated for May.
Chamisa was addressing the media soon after the party’s Standing Committee meeting held at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House in Harare. Said Chamisa:
We must understand that as we go to Congress, tensions are likely to run high, it’s gone be choppy, tough and exciting. Leaders’ are encouraged to exercise patience, we must not exchange blows in an undemocratic manner.
We have also said as leadership, we are not going to accept, those declarations typical of Zanu PF. We are not Zanu PF, we don’t have declarations, we have nominations and they would be announced.
We appreciate individual opinions, we appreciate that assembles having their own opinion, but we don’t want those opinions to be the basis of intimidating others who can be weakened. We want to make sure that democracy is there for all of us.
… The MDC is not capable of splitting, yes leaders will always join and unjoin but it doesn’t mean that the party will split. Yes, it will exfoliate, spilling out the outer layer for renewable purposes because the people can’t split. It is a people’s project.