MDC-T’s US provincial leadership has resolved to approach the High Court to challenge Douglas Mwonzora’s presidency.
Mwonzora rose to power following a chaotic 2020 Extraordinary Congress held at the Harare International Centre to elect a substantive successor to the late MDC founding leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Other presidential candidates, Thokozani Khupe, who had been at the helm of the party since 2019 on an interim basis, Morgen Komichi and Elias Mudzuri, initially rejected the outcome but eventually rallied behind the Constitutional lawyer.
Speaking to NewsDay on Tuesday, MDC-T’s U.S. Provincial chairman, Den Moyo, said the ball was already in motion to challenge Mwonzora’s presidency. Moyo said:
_We are approaching the High Court to come up with a strong case. We have to take time to gather all the evidence as we don’t want a half-baked lawsuit that will end up failing to achieve its intended results._
_So we are taking our time, interviewing people who were present at the EOC, people who were attacked, the events that unfolded, people who witnessed a different voters’ roll being presented than the one that was used, people who witnessed non-party members that were bussed in, and those who were not delegates being allowed to vote at the congress._
Meanwhile, MDC-T national spokesperson Witness Dube said Moyo was not qualified to challenge Mwonzora’s presidency. He said:
_How can Den Moyo challenge a congress result he got to know of more than four months ago and only after being suspended from the party? His actions are a further vindication of the decision to suspend him because he is clearly motivated by selfish reasons._
The development comes a few days after an independent electoral management body (IEMB) hired by the MDC-T to run its elections endorsed Mwonzora’s victory while admitting that the voters’ roll was not perfect.
The IEMB indicated that some delegates’ names did not have national identity numbers, while some had spelling errors but were allowed to vote after verification of their authenticity by the commissioners. Added IEMB in a report:
_At least 95% of the delegates that turned out to vote and had their names on the voters roll or the supplementary roll, or the verified provincial list managed to cast their vote despite some having had to cast their vote late into the night._
Out of the expected 4 500, only 1 026 votes were cast with 883 voting for Mwonzora, 118 voting for Khupe, 14 for Mudzuri and nine for Komichi.
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