MDC co-vice president Morgen Komichi is confident party president Nelson Chamisa will be nominated by all the party’s 10 provinces as the presidential candidate at Congress. Said Komichi:
The MDC people are going to nominate Nelson Chamisa with ease. He is going to be nominated by all the 10 provinces in the country and our three external ones. No one is going to be nominated except president Chamisa
While there are whispers that secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora and co-vice president Elias Muzduri will challenge Chamisa, neither of the two has openly thrown his hat in the ring.
Newsday sources revealed that Mwozora is not willing to throw in the towel yet, rather opting to play his cards close to his chest. Said the sources:
There are some who are saying he should pull out because the structures voting at congress appear to be in favour of Chamisa, but he is not willing to give up. He is going for the presidency, to win it.
Mwonzora rejected accusations that he is working with ZANU PF. He said:
I have been fighting Zanu PF. I have a history of fighting Zanu PF. I fought Zanu PF as a member of Copac, they did not want that Constitution. We brought it.
I fought Zanu PF in the Supreme Court regarding political funding. Up to now, the MDC is receiving funding from the government.
I have been fighting for electoral reforms, we have had success. I have been a member of almost every demonstration.
Now the regrettable part is that when we are going for Congress, people start mudslinging.
I have seen a few brickbats thrown at Nelson Chamisa, some of which are very unfair. For example, that bizarre rape case, we always go through this.