The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance on Thursday scoffed at threats by the rival MDC-T party to field candidates in the upcoming by-elections using the Alliance name.
The MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora recently said it plans to participate in by-elections as the MDC Alliance, saying the 2017 electoral pact still subsisted.
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MDC Alliance national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere accused the MDC-T of working in cahoots with the ruling Zanu PF to destroy Zimbabwe’s main opposition. She said:
They’ve tried taking our elected representatives. They stole our funds. They violently invaded our building. The theft of our name is the latest stratagem to try and hoodwink the people.
The MDC-T last year grabbed the MDC Alliance party headquarters with the assistance of State security agents.
The government recently awarded the MDC-T the $7 million allocations meant for the MDC Alliance under the Political Parties (Finance) Act.
Mahere asserted that the MDC Alliance will fight back politically, saying in any case political party names do not win elections. She said:
Our message to Zanu PF is this: it’s not the name that will win us elections. It’s the people behind us who own the struggle. The people know who their leaders are. We’ll fight back and we will fight back politically.