Wolves at Mwonzora's door

HARARE - MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora is increasingly being isolated within his party, amid suspicions that he could be eyeing Nelson Chamisa’s job.

Mwonzora, who defeated Chamisa at the MDC congress in November 2014, is widely seen as an alternative to the MDC Alliance leader, with his levelheadedness earning him rave views from unlikely quarters – Zanu PF.

Lately, there have been allegations that he could be hobnobbing with Zanu PF elements. This was especially so, after the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association pushed him to challenge Chamisa for the MDC leadership.

At the party’s national council meeting on Wednesday, informed sources told the Daily News that some officials were baying for his blood, although they lacked the courage of their convictions to take him head on.

“There were whispers calling for the head of Mwonzora and it was the president who actually silenced them, saying the party’s problems were not internal but external and called for unity among all.

“However, there is a strong feeling that Mwonzora should be relieved of his duties because he wants power and wants to remove the president. For now, he is in the
party because Chamisa is holding the hounds back,” said the source.

Contacted for comment, the MDC secretary-general said he was not the best person to comment on the issue.

“I am not really interested in that. Nobody raised that question, why don’t you ask the party’s chairperson. The issue was not raised and even so I am the last person you can talk to,” said Mwonzora.

MDC national chairperson Morgen Komichi said they might have been whispers to that effect but the issue of Mwonzora was never formally raised.

“There was never anything of that nature, it was not discussed formally,” said Komichi.

After narrowly losing the race for the presidency to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF, the MDC is going through a soul-searching phase and there are some who are pushing for an early congress to exorcise the demons of the harrowing defeat.

Chamisa has refused to accept Mnangagwa’s win but another camp within the MDC has been pushing for the acceptance of the results.

Komichi insisted yesterday that there were no divisions within the MDC.

“We have no divisions in the MDC. We know that there are some who want to divide us but for now our concern is one and that is the rigging of elections and we are looking at reforms, we want political reforms to remove the capture of State institutions by Zanu PF,” said Komichi.

Chamisa, 40, emerged as the new leader of the MDC following Morgan Tsvangirai’s death on February 14 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

Comments (7)

Who in their midst is going to amse 2.6million votes better than Chamisa you are day dreaming Tsvangirai did mange against Mugabe Tsvangirai amased 1.2million as his best number therefore 2.6million for a new comer I dont see anyone doing that what this young man did CHAMISA it is commendable highly

DOCTOR CHIREMBER - 31 August 2018

2.6m Ndeya ED who was so democratic.You campained freely never in the history was so free campaigning.Tsvangirai was never given that free platform by mugabe regime. you mdc guys will never win any election in zim until you speak like julius malemela.Go and study African history and then do your olitics in Africa. You are full on ignorance leaders that why you will never rule zim

dofo - 31 August 2018

@Doktor Chirember..2.6 million votes? The world of make- belief that resides in the minds of disoriented MDC supporters! But not to worry; there is plenty of time for you to come to terms with reality. In the meantime, ED will be leading and he's doing a good job so far. MDC biggest problem will be funding. They currently owe millions to so many and there is no source for new money. And you can't count on donations from its sanction-loving supporters who wish for more poverty. No political party survives without $$$$$. And Western funders have clearly had enough.

Buns Tinobvinex - 31 August 2018

If MDCA is a democratic party, then Mwonzora should be allowed to challenge Chamisa. Clearly Chamisa is a failure. New blood is needed. If MDCA fires Mwonzora then clearly MDCA is NOT a democratic party. Chamisa should resign. He promised victory but failed to do the most simple preparations for the election, namely- to organise grass roots structures. The failure of MDCA was predicted long before the elections because of this stupidity. A new resident is needed and Mwonzora should stake his claim openly without fear of persecution. Maybe he will be intelligent and a good leader, unlike cry baby chamisa.

steve blomefield - 31 August 2018

this boy is a useless tinpot dictator who will lead to the disintegration of the party.

josphat mugadzaweta - 31 August 2018

The dogs can bark as loud as they like, but its an internal issue and noone from the party requested you rotten opinions , blood thirstybZanu Pf fools.

Sherpard Moyo - 1 September 2018

Chamisa did not emerge as the new leader of MDC he usurped power from one Khupe. Chamisa is a fraudster!

zvenyika Mugari - 2 September 2018

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