Former MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri says newcomers and renegades in the party such as MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende are creating confusion.
Mudzuri joined the MDC faction led by Nelson Chamisa when the party split in 2018 following the death of founding president Morgan Tsvangirai.
However, following a Supreme Court ruling which ordered the party to revert to its 2014 structures and to hold an extraordinary congress to elect new leaders within three months, Mudzuri abandoned Chamisa’s MDC Alliance and rejoined the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
Speaking to Business Times this week, Mudzuri said he nurtured Chamisa who is like his own son but the “Mafikizolos” and those who once left the party [Tendai Biti, Job Sikhala, Welshman Ncube, etc] are causing disharmony in the opposition party. He said:
… We have newcomers like Charlton Hwende who are saying they have expelled me and what have I done wrong to be fought in that way.
I have been fought by the people since I was a mayor and some of these people wanted to expel me and they later left the party and formed their own political parties and have come back and joined us again and we have welcomed them back and everyone in the party structures knows they are causing a lot of trouble.
Mudzuri is reportedly mulling plans to challenge for the MDC-T presidency at the extraordinary congress to be held on 31 July this year.
Reports indicate that Douglas Mwonzora, Gift Chimanikire and Thokozani Khupe are also eyeing the top post while Morgen Komichi will likely go for the vice president’s post, with Abednico Bhebhe eyeing the organising secretary post.