In a statement seen and published by Bulawayo24, MDC-T Vice-Chairman Morgen Komichi said the MDC T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora’s nomination by some Harare MDC T members is not valid because the standing committee directed all provinces to stop any nomination processes till a directive with guidelines by the party’s standing committee is issued.
Komichi went on to say the meeting that convened and nominated Mwonzora yesterday defied procedures and will bear no official recognition.
Komichi’s statement reads:
On Wednesday 15th July 2020, the Standing Committee set and resolved that the following happen:
1. Since we had failed to get clearance from the Police and the Ministry of Health because of the WHO’s Covid 19 restrictions on movement and gatherings, we immediately instructed our lawyers to approach the courts to seek variation of the time frames set in the judgment that actuated the Extraordinary Congress.
2. The Organising Department was tasked with compiling the list of genuine 2014 delegates as they stand today.
3. At this last Tuesday, Standing Committee meeting, it was directed that all provinces stop any nomination processes until the issuance of a directive with guidelines by the Standing Committee.
Yesterday’s Harare ‘Provincial meeting’ and it’s produce was therefore a defiance of procedures, processes and the leadership and must be condemned and dismissed by all. We must observe discipline and order at all times as we move towards our historic Extraordinary Congress which is a constitutional requirement which must be fulfilled.
We hear the ‘meeting’ was attended by 38 people and allegedly chaired by Mr. Simon Hove, and it being unilateral, will bear no official recognition.
The ground rules of the party shall be set and a neutral electoral board appointed and tasked to run all processes leading up to the Extraordinary Congress
Meanwhile, the MDC T has indefinitely postponed the court-sanctioned extraordinary congress due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is putting restrictive measures on people congregating in large numbers.