By Daniel Chigundu
MDC Alliance Presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says he feels sorry for MDC-T members who have chosen to leave the party, adding that they are walking away from honey and happiness.
Since the death of Morgan Tsvangirai on 14 February this year, MDC-T has been rocked by serious squabbles over succession issues to the extent that party vice-president Thokozani Khupe, Obert Gutu and Abednico Bhebhe are leading another group that is calling its self MDC-T, while Chamisa is leading another.
Various senior members including party chairman Lovemore Moyo resigned from the party due to the squabbles, amid indications that various other leaders are also not happy with the state of affairs in the labour-aligned political party.
Addressing supporters during a campaign rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo over the weekend, Chamisa said he is working with people from various political parties because Tsvangirai’s vision was to see a united people.
“Why I am introducing these leaders it’s because when we last addressed a rally here (White City Stadium) with president Morgan Tsvangirai and that was the president’s last rally, he had come to bid farewell but we didn’t know that he was bidding farewell to us.
“But the president had a vision that all people must unite, so when I see leaders from different areas coming together to unite, we are fulfilling the desire of our great visionary Dr Richard Morgan Tsvangirai, this is why I feel sorry for those who are choosing to walk away because they are walking away from honey, they are walking away from happiness and they are walking away from freedom,” said Chamisa.
Khupe and her faction are expected to hold an extraordinary congress where they are hoping to elect a “substantive replacement” to the late Tsvangirai.
Meanwhile, while speaking at the same rally, former Zanu PF member Tracy Mutinhiri endorsed Chamisa adding that he was the chosen one to lead Zimbabweans to the promised land.
“I want to thank God for giving us this child (Chamisa) who was given a vision, when a child is anointed there is nothing that you can do to him.
“This child Nelson was anointed, it’s his time to lead so I urge you all to rally behind him because good times are awaiting us in the near future, good times where our children will be able to get jobs,” she said.
Before the rally, Chamisa and other MDC Alliance leaders took time to visit the home of the late national hero Joshua Nkomo who is regarded as Father Zimbabwe owing to his priceless contribution to the country’s liberation struggle.–