An amendment to the MDC Constitution in 2014 has ignited fresh disagreement between party president Nelson Chamisa and secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who are both vying for the presidency at May’s Congress.
The amendment at the centre of the controversy gave the then president Morgan Tsvangirai the power to appoint members of the Standing Committee, that is more than half of the 12 most senior party positions.
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A Newsday source, who is a member of the MDC Standing Committee said:
Mwonzora is arguing all positions should be contested while Chamisa wants to maintain the status quo. The secretary-general argued that the 2014 resolution is not law, but part of rules that can be chopped and changed before Congress, depending on circumstances.
Tsvangirai reportedly called for the amendment in order to eliminate the two centres of power, namely the office of the president and that of the secretary general.
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
Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician and current president of the Movement for Democratic Change. He was elected presdient at the party's congress on 25 May 2019. Chamisa is the former member of parliament for Kuwadzana , former Minister of Information and Technology , former... Read More About Nelson Chamisa