Gift Konjana, an MDC candidate who participated in the 2018 Chegutu West parliamentary candidate on an MDC Alliance ticket said party leader Nelson Chamisa should first address his illegitimacy before pointing his finger at President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Konjana argued that the Supreme Court ruling which ordered MDC-T interim leader Thokozani Khupe to convene an extraordinary congress to elect a substantive president offers a golden opportunity for the party to reunite. He said:
I contested the 2018 elections under the MDC Alliance banner since my sponsoring party was the MDC-T.
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The MDC-T, as one of the seven political parties in the Alliance, seconded candidates to contest in the election.
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The Supreme Court judgment is welcome in that it would put the leadership wrangle to rest once and for all.
The illegitimacy issue that we have against Mnangagwa will subsist if we don’t have a legitimate leader ourselves.
Konjana won the Chegutu West seat but was cheated of is victory after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) gave some of his votes to Dexter Nduna of ZANU PF.
ZEC declined to reverse the final tally and instructed Konjona to seek recourse at the courts. The matter is now before the Supreme Court.