Cracks have deepened within MDC provincial structures in Masvingo as two camps aligned to party leader Nelson Chamisa and secretary general Douglas Mwonzora tussle for party control ahead of the main opposition’s May elective congress, a report claims.
While the incumbent chairperson James Gumbi is in secretary general Douglas Mwonzora’s camp, his rival Tongai Matutu is said to be rooting for party president Nelson Chamisa.
An MDC official who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com said that Gumbu controls urban structures while Matutu has the support of the majority of structures in the province. Said the official:
Both men have shown their interest to lead the provincial executive and they are fighting to have control over district structures.
The one who has influence at the district level will automatically land the top post and from our assessment as a party, Matutu seems to be having an upper hand although he is facing resistance in Masvingo urban district only.
MDC is set to hold its elective Congress in May which will see Chamisa possibly facing a challenge for the top post. Reports indicate that Mwonzora is interested in Chamisa’s job.