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.
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.