MDC gets tough

HARARE - The MDC has barred party cadres who stood as independent candidates in last year’s elections from contesting for posts ahead of the party’s elective congress pencilled in for October.

The cash-strapped opposition party has also introduced stringent conditions on who can take part in the congress following the chaos which characterised its primary elections last year.

Party  cadres like Felix Magalela Mafa and others who defied party leader Morgan Tsvangirai after he asked them to step aside and make way for the party’s preferred candidates will not be eligible to participate in the congress.

However, Mafa has since re-joined the party blaming party rebels seeking to dethrone Tsvangirai for frustrating him.

Mafa claimed that former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and others who are calling for Tsvangirai’s ouster were the ones who prompted many real party cadres to run as independent candidates.

According to a template which shows how the congresses at various levels will be conducted, those who stood as independent candidates will not be able to contest for any position.

The template also spells out credentials for a person to contest for office, qualifications to vote in the congresses as well as the code of conduct to be followed by everyone during the congress period.

“If any person stood as an independent candidate in any national election and they have not been rehabilitated, they are automatically disqualified. “Candidates shall also be disqualified if they promote factionalism or campaign as a slate,” reads part of the template.

Incumbents for all posts will be subjected to an endorsement process where if one is not confirmed by a two thirds majority in the district, their offices will be subjected to an election.

Reeling under a deep financial crisis following a recent split engineered by former secretary-general Tendai Biti and Mangoma, the MDC template also disqualifies members who are not paid up in terms of subscription and underwriting fees.

“To qualify for branch, ward and district posts, a person should have a minimum of two years in the party while for provincial and national posts, it shall be five years.”

In a bid to clear its battered image owing to ugly scenes of violence that have been at times associated with the party, the MDC will automatically disqualify candidates who engage or are associated with violent conduct. Branch, ward, district and provincial congresses should be complete by July 18, August 15, August 30 and September 30 respectively according to the time-lines in the template.

By early September, the party’s external assemblies should have completed their congresses while the students’ council should be done by September 6 according to the template.

In a statement issued on Friday, party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora said the main congress will be held in October with him and Harare West MP Jessie Majome as part of the organisers leading the Information and Publicity and the Constitution Review Committees respectively.

Comments (11)

That is the way to go. Only serious and tested cadres to be allowed to stand. All member should note that we are entering a battle and many may suffer injuries , however we have to stand strong and resolute. NO COMPRISE WE MUST BE PREPARED TO WORK WITHOUT PAY

RAYMOND - 6 July 2014

most of those who contested as independent candidates are the genuine MDC cadres who are up to now leaving with the mass in their respective cells, wards and provinces.those who do not dwell in their wards are the very who caused confusions by buying themselves to these posts through the renewal team.we were very angry with the way how from afar were elected to post when actually the were residing somewhere

kabila - 6 July 2014

real students will never be a part of such misguided pressure group. for starters morgan tsvangirai you proved to everyone in zimbabwe that you are actually clueless when it comes to the govenance of the zimbabwean state, so kindly give us a break, we are actually comfortable under the umbrella shield called zimasset and we are not prepared for any disturbance from your rhetoric talk, actually before thinking of safegurding our sovereignty, first learn how to manage and guard against your zip that falls everywhere and anywhere were a hole exists, be it a bee oney hall, or an adapter hole

cdefarai mteliso - 6 July 2014

Cdefarai mteliso you are a shameless liar.Your personal hatred for Tsvangirai is not shared by all Zimbabweans.After all your ZimAsset seems to have totally failed to resuscitate the economy whose destroyer is well known.Very few warped minds still have blind faith in your ZimAsset rubbish.

gwandambala - 7 July 2014

To lovemore Moyo.Was is Bulawayo on saturday and Told people that the following statement was not constitutional “To qualify for branch, ward and district posts, a person should have a minimum of two years in the party while for provincial and national posts, it shall be five years."Mr National chairman read article 5.5.2 that statement is constitutional no wonder Biti fired you you r trying to create a impose Gift Banda thru misquoting the constitution.enough is enough.

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CHIREMBA - 7 July 2014

i think THE LITTLE BITI SHOULD KNOW THAT BABA NDIBABA.VAKATADZA HAUNDE KU NEXT DOOR KOFUMURA KANA KUVATIZE.U SHLD HAVE SETTLED YOR DIFFERENCES AMICABLY.PASI NABITI

simboti simboti - 7 July 2014

Just let us go. This shotgun congress you are plotting is a little too late and will split the party further. After spending the last 5-8 years purging dissenting voices, its time to listen. Its not even about you. If the party splits in half expect 700 000 votes next election. You had a good run for 15 years, became prime minister as well. Please don't kill the movement. Supporters need a new reason to fight from the mdc corner. Since its all been done before, a new approach to reinvigorate the movement is needed. Someone new to excite the base is needed. Stay on and lose or pass the baton and win. It's now a war between the individual and the nation

Way Forward - 8 July 2014

MT cannot pass on the button to a sell out.MT may have made his mistakes but he does not intend to betray the sons of Zimbabwe. This is an MDC-T congress&has nothing to do with ZPF. Leave MDC-T alone while you sort out the silent but vicious war between Mujuru & Mnangagwa before your own congress in December.

forward - 8 July 2014

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