The Movement for Democratic Change Activists Association (MDCVAA) has voiced its support for MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa.
VAA, which consists of victims of political violence and stalwarts who have been active in the party since 1999, claims custody of the party.
Takavafira Zhou, the MDCVAA deputy secretary-general, said they recognised the MDC Alliance leadership elected at the Gweru national congress held in May 2019. Said Zhou:
As the MDC Veterans and custodians of our institutional memory, we reiterate our support for the MDC-Alliance under President Chamisa as the legitimate president of the MDC Alliance.
He was given the mandate in May 2019 at the Gweru national congress and indeed with a mandate to run the affairs of the party until 2024.
The blood of our departed veterans and in particular that of our iconic founder leader, Morgan Tsvangirai will continue to water our spirit of liberty and egalitarianism.
On 31 March, the Supreme Court threw the cat among the pigeons when it ruled that Chamisa’s rise to the helm of the party in 2018 was in violation of the MDC’s constitution.
Thokozani Khupe promptly abandoned her MDC-T project to seize MDC Alliance MPs following the Supreme Court ruling.