MDC president Nelson Chamisa is reportedly in a quandary in choosing his post-Congress vice presidents.
Currently, Chamisa has Elias Mudzuri, Morgen Komichi and Welshman Ncube as his three vice presidents. His close allies, Ncube, Komichi and Biti are also contesting for the vice president post while there is a need to have a woman as VP.
Eight people have received nominations for the VP post. These include Ncube, Biti, Komichi, Lillian Timveos, Lynette Karenyi-Kore, Murisi Zwizwai, Paurina Mupariwa and Theresa Makone.
An MDC senior party official who spoke to Newsday said:
Some want the party to maintain one vice-president because, as the alternative government, it’s important to show the country what our Cabinet would look like.
Further, having a lot of VPs is not good for our succession matrix. We learnt this when our late leader Morgan Tsvangirai died and there were these nasty fights.
Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume revealed that the MDC will have 3 vice president for administrative purposes. Said Mafume:
We are going to have three vice-presidents. They are going to come from an electoral process. There have been nominations for that position. These are functions, these are not rewards and this is not the State presidency.
These are functions at a senior level. We are following the example of social democratic parties, in Germany and other places, where the vice-president is an issue of functionality.
Some officials are reportedly pushing for one VP slot to be reserved for a woman, among them secretary general Douglas Mwonzora, Lynette Karenyi-Kore and Paurina Mpariwa-Gwanyanya who are standing committee members.
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