By Pretty Chavango
MDC-T acting president Elias Mudzuri has dismissed claims that he is positioning himself to take over from ailing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, adding that he is simply carrying out the assignment given to him.
Mudzuri who is rumoured to be leading one of the alleged many factions in MDC-T has been moving around the country meeting with people ahead of the impending 2018 general elections prompting people to speculate he is angling for the party’s top seat.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a meeting with vendors, Mudzuri said Tsvangirai remains the party’s candidate and that he was tasked by the party leader to go around meeting people and to hear their concerns.
“Whether he is well or not well, Morgan Tsvangirai remains our candidate for the 2018 elections, so what do you mean by asking me if I want to succeed my president?
“He gave me an assignment so should I stop working? As I stand here I represent president Tsvangirai and not myself, I am wearing his jacket and I was appointed to lead in the time being and I wonder if I should stop working so that people will not think I have hidden intentions,” said Mudzuri.
A few weeks ago after touring banks in Southerton Industrial area, Mudzuri is reported in the media to have said he or anyone else from the party could take over if Tsvangirai failed to recuperates from his colon cancer which he is receiving treatment for in South Africa.
In his reported bid to succeed Tsvangirai, Mudzuri is allegedly facing challenge from fellow party vice-presidents Nelson Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe.
Although none of the three MDC-T vice presidents has openly declared his or her intentions, Thokozani Khupe has of late been rebelling against the party for agreeing to a coalition.
Since the formation of the alliance last year in August, Khupe and her cabal in factional politics have been boycotting MDC-Allinace meetings and rallies and just recently Khupe has also been boycotting Standing Committee meetings chaired by acting president Elias Mudzuri whom she claims is unconstitutionally appointed.
However, according to Dr Shingi Munyeza if these hacklings and jockeyings are not approprietly addressed, they could affect the party’s performance in the general elections.