Leader of renegade MDC members, and a former Harare councillor, Warship Dumba has urged former MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora to call an extraordinary congress to choose new leadership for the party.
The group led by Dumba calls itself In Defence of Morgan Tsvangirai Legacy (DMTL) and is vehemently opposed to MDC president Nelson Chamisa.
DMTL is reportedly working with MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe to torpedo the main MDC led by Chamisa.
The group has been buoyed by a recent High Court ruling by Justice Edith Mushore which called for the party to hold an extraordinary congress in line with the party’s constitution using the 2014 structures.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe, Dumba revealed that his movement intends to hold the Congress on July 27. He said:
Chamisa is corrupt, violent and his lawless cabal and we congratulate them for forming their new party.
The 2014 MDC-T structures met 23rd May and agreed on a provisional date and that we should go back and mobilise our supporters about the extraordinary congress.
We are following the High Court ruling early this month and we will not be stopped by any illegal activity that followed thereafter such as the Nelson Chamisa led meeting he had in Gweru over the weekend.
Mwonzora is a respected lawyer and our secretary general and we expect him to start the process.
The fact that he attended a gathering in Gweru, it was a gathering of MDC-Alliance, which contested in last year’s general elections, and probably they had something to discuss there.
No amount of arrogance from those who have chosen dictatorship will stop us from doing what is right.
Letting Chamisa and his cabal get away with it would prove to be very bad precedence in future for our beautiful country.
Mwonzora attended the recently-ended MDC elective congress held in Gweru but left in a huff after it became clear that he had lost the secretary general’s post to the Chamisa’s key ally, Chalton Hwende.