A “cattle herder” from Gokwe has dismissed allegations that he is working with ZANU PF to destroy the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa.
Elias Mashavira, the man who approached the High Court seeking to reverse Chamisa’s ascendancy to the MDC presidency said that he was motivated by a desire to uphold constitutionalism and the rule of law in the MDC.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com last week, Mashavira said:
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This is not a Zanu PF matter, I do not support Zanu PF. I was once beaten up by Zanu PF. I have scars from June 2008. I was almost killed by Zanu PF.
I support Chamisa but I am pained by the fact that the party is failing to follow the dictates of its own constitution.
… I have no problem with Chamisa leading the MDC.
All I want is for us (MDC) to just follow the constitution. It will help us in the future to avoid people just popping up and declaring themselves presidents.
Mashavira, who said that he is a mere cattle herder from Gokwe, refuted allegations that he was sponsored by an anti-Chamisa brigade in the MDC. He continued:
If they say I was sent, they will be lying to themselves. I realised this (violation of constitution) when I was deep in the rural areas of Gokwe herding my cattle while reading the party constitution.
When I raised the issues with some of my colleagues in the district, they started labelling me a sell-out, they did not want to talk about it until I received help to source a lawyer.
There is no one behind my court application. This is a blatant lie. If there is actually anybody behind me, that person can only be me.
The High Court recently ruled in favour of Mashavira, effectively stripping Chamisa of authority and propping up his erstwhile colleague, Thokozani Khupe.