Chamisa takes oath as lawyer

HARARE - Nelson Chamisa has said he is unfazed by his loss in the race for the MDC secretary-general post, saying he had a raft of opportunities available to him.

“Its not about defeat, its about defeating the sea of opportunities available to me,” he told reporters yesterday after the oath-taking ceremony at the High Court for law graduates who passed the Bar this year.

Chamisa lost to Douglas Mwonzora — a lawyer — by over 700 votes after garnering 1 756 against the former party spokesman’s 2 464 votes in the race for the MDC secretary-general last weekend.

Chamisa’s defeat marked an unexpected and staggering turn at the MDC’s election season, overturning the building narrative that the former ICT minister was the inevitable secretary-general and possibly heir to the MDC leader.

Chamisa signed the High Court’s roll of attorneys, and the five successful Bar passers officially became lawyers yesterday.

The 36-year-old was already attached at a top Harare law firm, Atherstone and Cook.

The results of the Bar examinations were released in the special full-court session yesterday.

The five who passed represented only a small percentage of the total law graduates who took the Bar examinations this year.

Chamisa was among the law graduates who topped the Bar, clinching a University of Zimbabwe book prize.

Meanwhile, Justice Lavender Makoni, who administered the oath, congratulated the new lawyers who took their oath yesterday.

She said the new lawyers must remain faithful to their oath and live by the canons of professional responsibility.

Justice Makoni also chuckled that Chamisa had joined the right profession.

“This is a more honourable profession,” Justice Makoni said, drawing laughter from the packed gallery.

Chamisa said he was glad to be contributing to the justice system.

Asked about reports that there are several political parties jockeying for his signature, Chamisa said: “Well, I have a lot of options open. I am MDC, I will remain MDC and of course my course of action is going to be determined by a number of circumstances. But I remain available to serve and lead.

“I have spent almost 15 years on sacrifice and service for my party, for my country, and I represent the young people who want to see a genuine and better Zimbabwe. I will continue to deploy my efforts in that direction.”

Asked if he was beaten clean in the MDC poll, Chamisa said: “Whether beaten clean or dirty, that’s inconsequential. The issue is that I am focusing on the future and I know that the sky is the limit.

“I am still very young, there are a lot of opportunities. In fact, there is a sea of opportunities ahead of me and I need to explore those. So let us not focus on being beaten, let’s focus on beating the  opportunities that are there and exploiting them for the benefit of our country.”

Asked if he was considering an offer by the MDC renewal team to join that outfit, he said: “I don’t know what you are talking about. I know not of any other team, I am an MDC cadre, that’s where my life is.”

While MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai told the Daily News that Chamisa will be co-opted into the national executive even though he lost the secretary-general post, he said he was yet to get the offer.

“I can’t accept something that is unavailable,” he said.


Comments (8)

Chamisa remains the MDC trump card to win the youth vote which is significant- without it MDC will be useless

donga - 6 November 2014

So where is the shit zanu pf m faction herald getting its facts

TM2 - 6 November 2014

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Flixcom Solutions - 6 November 2014

wait and see

wind - 6 November 2014

Chamisa Chamisa whats so special about you vanhu vakuramba warambwa go back to Gutu kwaChamisa unofudza mombe i doubt kana ukabvumwa nemaclients to represent them uri rima regweta

Colonel - 6 November 2014

Well done Chamisa. You are a true fighter, an example to us all!

Nduna - 6 November 2014

Chamisa, well done for passing the Bar and broadening your options, well done for shaming detractors by not accepting the bogus offer from the bogus Renewal Team. Your political future is in MDC and MDC will embrace you, your time to lead is coming its only delayed.

Upfumi - 7 November 2014

Crocodile tears from the RENEWAL TEAM & ZANU PF on Chamisa.But ironically,the RENEWAL TEAM guys fear the electorate, determined to use MDC T's name in the legislative assembly.Well done Mr CHAMISA.You are indeed an MDC T son.

changamire - 7 November 2014

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