Principals who formed the MDC Alliance pact before the 2018 harmonised elections want the MDC-T to reinstate recalled MPs, senators and councillors as part of conditions for comprehensive dialogue with the party’s president, Douglas Mwonzora, it has emerged.
One of the MDC Alliance principals, Mathias Guchutu of the Christian Democrats, on Wednesday told NewsDay that Alliance principals will set tough conditions for Mwonzora, which include withdrawing his request to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to suspend by-elections.
This comes after Guchutu last month fired the MDC-T from the alliance, saying the party had violated the terms of the electoral pact.
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Guchutu, however, later withdrew the suspension, citing the need to pursue dialogue with Mwonzora.
He claimed that senior MDC-T party members called him for engagement following the suspension. Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Guchutu said:
We also want him to reinstate those he fired under our name MDC Alliance.
What is clear is we went into the 2018 elections as the MDC Alliance and where we lost, we lost together while where we won, we won together as an alliance so that is a condition we are keen on.
They (MDC-T) should know and Zimbabwe must know that as principals, we are in charge.
Mwonzora fired over 40 MPs and more than 80 councillors countrywide arguing that they had ceased to be members of the MDC-T because of their continued association with the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance party.
The MDC Alliance electoral pact was entered into by late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and six other opposition parties in December 2017.
Other parties that formed the MDC Alliance are the People’s Democratic Party, the MDC led by Welshman Ncube and the MDC-T.