The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general, Japhet Moyo has denied that the labour body has been tasked with running the nomination process of opposition party MDC. Said Moyo:
The labour federation in its own standing and in my personal capacity were never tasked to run the nomination process.
For someone to then proceed to write a complaint to me purporting that I am a part of an imaginary independent commission is unfair.
If any there was such an appointment I was not formally advised and in any case, if the request had been put forward, it was not going to be automatic, it should have been approved by our General Council.
Moyo’s denial comes after it was revealed that MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora wrote to the organisation complaining over the manner in which the nominations have been conducted.
Moyo responded to Mwonzora through a letter copied to party leader Nelson Chamisa and the party’s national standing committee. He wrote:
I refer to your letter dated April 11, 2019, in which you raise a number of grievances against the electoral processes in the MDC, in which you refer to me as the chairperson of the independent electoral commission.
Let me put it on record that the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, is not aware of any involvement in MDC elections, more so our purported appointment to the so-called independent electoral commission.
We have not been formally approached or received any formal communication to that effect hence our absence in the whole process. ZCTU does not work on rumours and hearsay.
It is unfortunate that you take it upon yourself to go to the media to tarnish my image and that of the ZCTU as an institution. The ZCTU would like to register and express its displeasure with such conduct.