MDC Alliance: Tsvangirai assures partners

By Daniel Chigundu

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has assured his MDC Alliance partners that his party is still committed to the Alliance agreement which includes seat allocation.

Tsvangirai’s reassurance comes in the wake of a report that MDC-T was conducting candidate selection in all 210 Parliamentary seats and local authority against the spirit of the alliance which agreed to share the same seats.

In a statement, Tsvangirai who is the alliance’s preferred Presidential candidate for the 2018 general elections said the report which issued purportedly under his authority by Douglas Mwonzora “is unfortunate, misleading and grossly false. I would like to state categorically that the MDC-T entered into an electoral alliance agreement in good faith with its partners on August 5, 2017. That agreement includes seat allocation and is binding on all parties.

“The MDC-T election directorate will issue guidelines on candidate selection for seats allocated to it, and such guidelines are yet to be issued out,” he said.

Tsvangirai added that the alliance as demanded by the people of Zimbabwe is still intact and that no official other official other than him can speak on the alliance.

“In addition, our Secretary-General or any other leader other than the President has no authority to speak on matters pertaining to the Alliance unless authorised to so by myself and such authority was not given to him.

“I would like to assure our partners and the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, who demanded this unity during my national tour in January 2017, that the alliance, which is the only hope to secure a change in this country, is intact and not under threat from any quarter,” he said.

MDC Alliance which was formed in August this year is made up of about seven parties namely MDC-T, People’s Democratic Party, Transform Zimbabwe, MDC, Multiracial Christian Democrats (MCD), ZimPF and Zanu Ndonga.

Since its inception, the alliance has caused splits and problems in the partnering parties allegedly on issues to do with positions.

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