MDC president Nelson Chamisa on Monday expressed over the party’s loss to ZANU PF in a local government by-election in Cowdray Park, Bulawayo two weeks ago.
The MDC fielded two candidates whose combined votes were less than those of the winning candidate.
In an interview with Southern Eye on Tuesday, MDC deputy spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu said:
He condemned indiscipline in our structures, all forms of violence, confusion and intolerance resulting in needless expulsions of some members from the party.
He was not happy about this since it impacts on the party’s growth in Bulawayo, particularly when looking at election statistics.
On Cowdray Park, our president was clear that indiscipline also contributed to the loss. He was clear that the contestants were supposed to show maturity and reach an agreement that would have seen one of them stepping aside.
He condemned the selfishness of the candidates and said they were supposed to put the interests of the party first before individual interests for positions.
The president was clear that this kind of indiscipline prevailing in Bulawayo is a thing of the past, and that will not be tolerated.
Bulawayo province is set to hold its congress in the coming days as there are concerns that violence could erupt as has happened in other provinces.