MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said that he was the one who advised the party to go for an extraordinary Congress soon after the death of the party’s founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018, advice which was rejected by incumbent Nelson Chamisa.
Mwonzora claimed that had his advice, which was backed by Advocate Eric Matinenga, been accepted, the party would be dealing with a different scenario now. Said Mwonzora:
I am the one who drafted the legal opinion document which was backed by Advocate Matinenga to follow the MDC democratic principles and the constitution, but that was brushed aside.
In fact, I am the writer of the said legal advice, it was there to give a legal opinion on how best to handle the succession issue of Dr Tsvangirai in line with the constitution, but look now, we are now dealing with a different scenario.
Mwonzora seemed to distance himself from the decisions that the party has made since the ruling by Justice Mushore last week. He said:
I am informed that the National Standing Committee has resolved to go ahead despite the High Court ruling, and I am also reading here in the press that lawyers have been engaged to assist on legality and contest the ruling.
I advocate for a united MDC which respects the guiding democratic principles of opposition politics laid by the late Dr Tsvangirai.
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Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer, politician and senator representing Movement for Democratic Change in parliament. Mwonzora is currently Secretary General of the MDC Alliance. He was the COPAC Co-Chairperson representing the opposition parties in the drafting of the new constitution in 2013, the other chairperson... Read More About Douglas Mwonzora
Eric Matinenga is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer cum-politician who successfully defended Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai during his treason trial in 2005. Read More About Eric Matinenga
Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician and current president of the Movement for Democratic Change. He was elected presdient at the party's congress on 25 May 2019. Chamisa is the former member of parliament for Kuwadzana , former Minister of Information and Technology , former... Read More About Nelson Chamisa