MDC president Nelson Chamisa’s rival has reportedly hatched a plan to make sure that if he retains his position at the Congress, he will be a lame duck leader.
Senior officials seek to isolate Chamisa from his close allies as it increasingly becomes clear that he is headed for victory over Mwonzora. Chamisa’s allies are mainly those officials who at one point left the party but are now back in the fold.
Newsday sources claim that if Mwonzora loses, he intends to retain control of the party through proxies, who are said to have a chance of winning key posts. Said the source:
The new plan is to surround Chamisa with a team that will not be entirely loyal to him. His opponents want to make sure that if he wins, he will not have an easy reign and will not manoeuvre easily, while, for instance, if Douglas Mwonzora loses, he wants to have insiders and control the narrative of the MDC (from the sidelines).
However, party secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora rejected reports that he is bankrolling a campaign to quarantine Chamisa. Said Mwonzora:
What is ironic in the MDC is that the people who are bringing these allegations are people who split from the party, who took money away from the party and who called (the late party founder Morgan) Tsvangirai all sorts of names (before returning) to the party.
We accommodated them and what they are trying to do is to drive a wedge between myself and Nelson Chamisa as a way of getting accommodation. Fortunately, the MDC members are intelligent enough to read through
Meanwhile, party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said party members will decide the outcome of the Congress. He said:
There are ambitions and some of them run wild, at times ahead of the party, and these are not things the party is concerned about at the moment.
We are going to run a successful congress and members will be deployed not because they are friends or enemies of a particular person, but because the members decide as such.