Is MDC Alliance in disarray?

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

Following reports of a row between MDC-T’s spokesperson Obert Gutu and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti over who will stand for the Harare East constituency, there is the likelihood of more fissures emerging in the MDC Alliance before the impending elections.

MDC Alliance was formed in August last year after the realisation that the country’s opposition parties needed to work together as they are fighting against one common enemy.

Currently the alliance is composed of MDC-T, People’s Democratic Party, Transform Zimbabwe, MDC, Multiracial Christian Democrats (MCD), ZimPF and Zanu Ndonga.

Although MDC Alliance allocated seats to the partners late last year, MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora said there is need for re-arrangement as there are conflicts already in fielding of candidates.

He was addressing people who attended a public meeting organised by the Mass Public Opinion Institute in the capital.

“I would like speak clearly on the issue around the Harare East constituency row that is being reported in the media.

“When the principals signed the pact they agreed in Section 3c that a party which is strong electorally in a constituency should field its candidate so as lawyers like me this is not something difficult to construe.

“In Chitungwiza MDC registered over 42 000 but another party wants to field its candidate and this is unfair and prone to a big voter apathy,” Mwonzora said.

When asked whether the alliance is still necessary, Mwonzora chose not to comment.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reported to have opted for the alliance despite facing heavy criticism by various senior officials in his party including chairman Lovemore Moyo and deputy president Thokozani Khupe has been boycotting any meeting that has anything to do with the alliance.

In a similar move Transform Zimbabwe party supporters   have since called on their leader Jacob Ngarivhume to consider standing dumping the alliance and stand on his own, adding that they are convince he has what it takes to win the 2018 elections.

“As members of the party we strongly feel that the president can be the next leader of this country and we support his candidature,” he said one executive member on condition of anonymity.

However, Ngarivhume diplomatically responded that he remains in the MDC alliance unless all the executive members of the party and the provinces endorse him to throw his hat in the ring.

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