Some Opposition MDC party members have shown a degree of indiscipline as they are flouting congress procedures by campaigning openly before the official start of canvassing, ahead of the May elective Congress.
Secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has, however, expressed scepticism that anything would be done against the party members.
In a telephone interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Mwonzora said:
The campaign officially starts on 27 April according to the national standing committee, giving candidates just about three weeks to campaign. However, we have realised that other people have already started campaigning.
I really do not see anything being done to those who have gone against the directive and started campaigning. I really do not think any action will be taken against them at all.
Mwonzora has hitherto refused to state which position he will be running for, only revealing, “I have every right to contest for any position for which I will be nominated.”
Several reports claim that Nelson Chamisa, Mwonzora and former Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary general, Wellington Chibhebhe, will lock horns for the party presidency in May.
At the party’s last Congress held in October 2014, Mwonzora beat Chamisa hands down for the position of secretary general.
It was claimed at the time that the then party leader Morgan Tsvangirai swiftly moved to thwart Chamisa and back Mwonzora as he was afraid that Chamisa was becoming over-ambitious.
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Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer, politician and senator representing Movement for Democratic Change in parliament. Mwonzora is currently Secretary General of the MDC Alliance. He was the COPAC Co-Chairperson representing the opposition parties in the drafting of the new constitution in 2013, the other chairperson... Read More About Douglas Mwonzora
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is the country's biggest worker representative with most of its members in different sectors of industry in Zimbabwe. It has special interests in labour activism and this has resulted in it being linked to opposition political parties particularly the... Read More About Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions