MDC president Nelson Chamisa has the prerogative of appointing some standing committee members in line with the party’s constitution as amended in 2014.
The party held provincial congresses ahead of the elective Congress set for Gweru from 24 to 26 May where various party officials were nominated for different positions
Chamisa was nominated president by all the party’s 13 provinces unchallenged. He is set to be confirmed as the successor to the late Morgan Tsvangirai at the party Congress later this month.
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed that some of the party’s key portfolios will be manned by the president’s appointees. He said:
Remember in 2014, the constitution was changed so that the president appoints from the position of secretary-general downwards. This is what the constitution says.
We were taking nominations on the basis that the national council will condone that departure from the constitution.
… The national council looked at the situation and said notwithstanding that the constitution provides for that, the leadership of the standing committee recommended that secretary-general and treasurer-general be elected as well, even though the constitution says otherwise.
We are actually moving from a situation where more were appointed to allow for more to be elected. Skills-based positions will be appointed as the organising and information.
The leadership asked for nominations so that he (Chamisa) will be guided, at least, by what the people want, not necessarily taking exactly that, but to get an indication of the feeling of the executive. Where there is a mismatch in talent, he will then address accordingly.