MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora says he is capable of leading the party if the structures nominate him to contest for the presidency.
In an interview with the Daily News on Friday, Mwonzora highlighted his successes within the party over the years. He said:
I have been a leader in the MDC at various levels. Having started as the treasurer for Nyanga District, I was elevated to the secretary for Local Government for Manicaland Province.
In 2008, I was elected to represent Members of Parliament in the national council of the party. In 2011, I was elected as the national spokesman of the party at Congress. In 2014, I was elected as the secretary-general of the party. I think I served well in my positions.
I, therefore, do not think that I lack capacity at all. Maybe some people think that for one to look strong they must be rude and rough to the opponent. That is wrong.
You can be very strong without being uncivil. Mahatma Gandhi was soft-spoken but he had an unfathomable inner strength. I believe in planning, strategising and bringing results.
Mwonzora is thought to be gunning for the party presidency and is expected to challenge the incumbent Nelson Chamisa at the elective Congress slated for May 24-26.
Trade Unionist Wellington Chibhebhe has been touted as a potential dark horse in the race for the presidency.