Chamisa barred from MDC-T Congress

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa and other party members are not welcome at the MDC-T’s extraordinary congress, reinstated secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has said.

The MDC-T is set to hold an extraordinary congress before November 30 after the party was ordered by the Supreme Court to elect a leader who will replace founding president Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai died in February 2018.

Speaking on New Zim TV’s The Agenda Monday, Mwonzora said the MDC-T would not allow Chamisa to determine his competitor at any election by taking part in their congress as he already led a separate political party.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court said the MDC-T should use its 2014 structures to attend the congress. In 2014, Chamisa was the secretary for policy and eligible to be part of the congress.

However, Mwonzora’s comments follow recent developments in the MDC-T that have seen a dramatic acceptance of the Supreme Court ruling by close associates of Chamisa.

Mwonzora said by staying within the MDC Alliance party after the March Supreme Court ruling, Chamisa, and all recalled MPs and councillors had expelled themselves from the MDC-T.

“Why does it take seven months for people to realise that they are wrong. From day one Senator Morgen Komichi and I spoke at the Supreme Court that we must honour this judgment, they refused,” he said.

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