Despite being encouraged to do so by the party’s National Council, no MDC senior official has withdrawn from the race to become one of the 3 Vice Presidents of the party. A council meeting last weekend encouraged nominated to build consensus and minimise friction. Ideally, they are supposed to talk amoungst themselves with the objective of some of them withdrawing from the race.
However, none of the 8 candidates for the VP positions has withdrawn. The 8 are Welshman Ncube, Elias Mudzuri, Paurina Mpariwa, Tendai Biti, Morgen Komichi, Lynnette Karenyi Kore, Lilian Timvoes, and Tracey Mutinhiri.
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Said party spokesperson Jacob Mafume to the Daily News:
We are still waiting for people to make withdrawals but so far no one has withdrawn maybe because Wednesday was a holiday. But if there is no consensus then there will be elections.
All nominees had been given up to Tuesday (last week) to accept nominations or to withdraw. Where more than two candidates accept the nomination, they are encouraged to discuss in the spirit of consensus building. Since there are no agreements we are now going for contestations.
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