MDC supporters demonstrate against candidate imposition

MUTARE - Close to 100 supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC on Saturday staged a demonstration at the party’s provincial headquarters in Mutare protesting the disqualification of their preferred Mutasa South legislative candidate Regai Tsunga.

Waving placards inscribed “Regai Tsunga, our preferred candidate” and others boldly stating “Tsunga has a right to represent us”, staged an all-day vigil at the party’s Darlington offices where they later dispersed after being addressed by the MDC provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma.

Tsunga was barred from contesting in primary elections in Mutasa South Constituency in the recently concluded vetting exercise.

He intended to stand against the incumbent MP, former Mutare mayor Misheck Tofamangwana Kagurabadza in the primary elections.

The MDC supporters said they wanted Tsunga to stand in the primary elections against Kagurabadza and demanded that the right for the people of Mutasa South to choose a leader of their choice must be respected.

“We don’t want a situation where petty party politics stand in the way of democracy,” said one of the protestors Tapiwa Zindoga.

“Tsunga has to be given a chance and if he is unpopular let it be seen after the primary elections.” She said the party leadership should not be blinded by smear campaigns from interested party members who are peddling lies about Tsunga.

Party insiders told the Daily News that Tsunga was allegedly disqualified from the race on suspicion that he was a Zanu PF apologist.

This was based on the grounds that Tsungas chairperson of the Hillside Sports Club in Mutare reportedly gave a thumbs up for the hosting of the President’s “Bob at 89” golf tournament at the upmarket sports club in Murambi suburb.

“He had nothing to do if approached to snub the hosting of the event,” Zindoga said.

“In any case, who would turn down that if approached and they should put themselves in his shoes?”

Magarangoma, who later addressed the demonstrators, promised to take their grievances to the national executive so they would have a second look on the matter.

Pishai Muchauraya, the MDC Manicaland provincial spokesperson said the people of Mutasa South had expressed their right and it was up to the top leadership to take a decision.

“As a party of excellence, we will ensure the people’s wishes are addressed. It is my fervent belief and hope that we will resolve this amicably,” said Muchauraya.

The MDC last week released the names of the candidates who would take part in primary elections expected on April 20 after confirmation of sitting MPs. - Sydney Saize

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