The MDC-T faction circus continues unabated, with the self-proclaimed Constitutionalists now using youths and the media to attack each other. This won’t be an analysis, but a recollection of what key MDC-T officials said, since the infamous Harare Province Congress nominations.
A bit of context: Mwonzora et al broke from the MDC-ALLIANCE, hiding behind the death of constitutionalism in the latter, yet it has always been about power, primarily the Presidency. They went on an overdrive to hold a moot EOC Challenge has now been on filling that post.
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Due to factionalism in the faction, the MDC-T couldn’t hold the EOC. They easily could have, by having voting take place in Districts, in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, three main individuals all want the coveted price, i.e Dr Khupe, Sen Mwonzora and Sen Eng Mudzuri.
Dr Khupe believes she deserves the Presidency because of her seniority. After Deputizing MRT for 10 years, basically “she was next”. From as far as 2016, she has been the most “consistent”, breaking away from the Chamisa core group, and was “vindicated” by the SC judgement.
Mr “Why do you underestimate us my brother”, Sen Mwonzora also feels he’s the best foot forward. According to his credentials, he allegedly wrote the constitution and is the longest-serving opposition politician in Zimbabwe. Sen DM also feels he is sellable, unlike Dr Khupe.
Sen DM equally feels that he has successfully dethroned the otherwise popular Chamisa, thus making him a strategist. One would recall that all previous MDC SGs split and formed other parties, whilst DM “pushed” the President to start a new party. So he wants to be President.
Then there’s Eng Mudzuri. He wants to be President because of “maturity”. He claims MRT left him in charge of the MDC-T in 2018 because of other Leaders, only he can “unite the party”. With age misrepresented as maturity, the decorated war vet wants to be the President.
Sen Mudzuri likened Sen DM to a trigger happy person who pushes his spouse out in the middle of the night because he’s in possession of a divorce order. He made a sly attack on Dr TK, arguing that in modern democracies, one unsuccessful shot at the State Presidency is enough.
There isn’t much to say about Baba Abrahama [Morgen Komichi]. He isn’t doing much to go for the top post. Wise decision. It’s beyond him. Then there’s the Abed Bhebe, who prefers unification, opposed to a senseless factional Congress.. Anyway, back to the post-Harare nominations statements:
Said Komichi: “It was a fake nomination which has no legal standing. I don’t know why people are doing things that are contrary to democratic practice. The national organising department has not even vetted the congress delegates and an electoral commission has not been chosen”.
Arguing that the Harare nominations meeting was attended by just 38 “activists”, Komichi added: “A province cannot conduct its own nomination because it is an interested party. We have stopped that nonsense and anyone who continues with that faces disciplinary action”.
The beneficiary, Sen Mwonzora said: “I feel humbled by Harare Province’s nomination and I am ready for the challenge, although it is up to the party to decide. I will accept whatever decision they make. I have been in leadership for a long time and this will not be new territory.”
Arguing that no one will face disciplinary action as threatened by the Chairman, Sen Komichi, for the Harare Province drama, Mwonzora added: “My goal, if I win the election, is to unite and stabilise the party as well as positioning it as a credible opposition to Zanu PF.”
The party spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni, who doubles as Dr Khupe’s spin doctor, not to be outdone, added: “The Harare meeting was a gathering of a few MDC-T leaders and their friends bound by political adventurism and mischief. Their purported nomination is, therefore, null and void”.
Interestingly, a full quorum of the MDC-T Harare Province is supposed to have about 568 Leaders. Harare has 24 districts and 53 wards. The meeting chaired by Simon Hove according to votes had little over 200 people, with Komichi saying only 38 legit delegates attended.
In just 4 months, the MDC-T constitutionalists have begun attacking each other and re-diverting from the ” MDC founding values”. We know though, it has never been about all that propaganda. But what can you do really? You can’t wake up someone pretending to be asleep.
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