MDC president Nelson Chamisa has been accused by his party rivals of taking the organisation backwards after he allegedly tried to create a “one centre of power”.
A party insider who spoke to the Daily News on condition of anonymity said that there are attempts by Chamisa’s camp to pull competitors through the mud. Said the source:
Chamisa wants only four people to be elected and the other 13 to be appointees and that was resisted during the last national council meeting because people felt that this would be akin to taking the party backwards. We are even going back to where the likes of (former president Robert) Mugabe took us.
He (Chamisa) wants to introduce one centre of power; he wants to remove provincial and ward structures and remain with branches only. The reason for that is that it becomes easier for him to control such an amorphous structure because these people would hardly know him.
… There are various dirty tactics that are being used to muddy the potential competitors like Mwonzora, who has been accused of working with Zanu PF so that people would view him as a sell-out and bar him from getting support ahead of the Congress.