Source: The Herald
Unconfirmed sources are humming the bullet-hit former MDC-T organising secretary Mr Nelson Chamisa is allegedly mulling forming his own party after he dramatically lost the party’s secretary-general post to dark horse Douglas Mwonzora, who was the party’s secretary for information and publicity.
Chamisa who scored 1 762 votes for the secretary general’s post against Mwonzora’s 2 464 at the party’s 4th congress held at the City Sports Centre in Harare over the weekend left the venue in a visibly state of disappointment and shock just before the results were officially announced. Sources in the party close to the former Cabinet Minister said he believes he has the political clout to mobilise some of the disgruntled party members and pull out of the party as he feels MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai manipulated the election results in favour of Mwonzora.
Chamisa who is well choreographed for putting the record straight as principle is avoiding speaking to journalists since his defeat, with newly elected MDC-T secretary for information and publicity Mr Obert Gutu saying he had received calls from more than 20 journalists inquiring why he was not picking up his phone.
Meanwhile, it is believed Chamisa is weighing option of taking the party to the High Court to challenge the election process. It is his view, according to the sources, that the election was rigged in favour of Mr Mwonzora who only managed to get nomination from a single province against Mr Chamisa’s 11 provinces. Other sources claim to have it of good word the fallen politician is considering to pull out of the party altogether, but was being held back from abandoning ship now because of the parliamentary seat he holds. He is Kuwadzana East Member of the National Assembly and would likely lose his seat if he leaves the MDC-T and the party writes to Parliament disowning him.
Shocked by the election results, Chamisa quietly left the congress venue before announcement of the results after realising the impending defeat. Chamisa is due to hold a press conference tomorrow to expound on his vision of leaving the party and form his own, the sources said.
Another source said joining the MDC Renewal Team was still an option for Chamisa, alas he faces a high stake hurdle of pushing for the ouster of the then secretary general Tendai Biti in his ambitious bid to take over the post. Chamisa is said to have fallen out of favour with Tsvangirai who suspected that the youthful politician of being over-zealously too ambitious. Asked about reports that Chamisa was mulling to pull out of the party, Mr Gutu said:
“I cannot comment substantively on rumors. I have not spoken to him.” Commenting on allegations that the election process was flawed, that is absolute and adulterated nonsense. The elections passed the test of legitimacy. They were conducted by an independent body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union. We cannot have a situation where we have people who feel that they should always win. People should accept that this is a congress where some win while others lose.”
In his analysis of the election outcome, former political adviser in the then Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s Office, Dr Alex Magaisa, blamed the party’s failure to have properly organised structures which attracted controversy during the internal polls.
“This was a cause of serious problems in the primary election process before the 2013 elections with disputes over who constituted the electoral colleges meant to vote for candidates. This caused serious divisions which caused resentment among members. There were serious complaints from across the country because of this weakness and going forward, the MDC needs to attend to it. As long as the structures remain unclear and vague, there will be problems in the internal electoral processes. That is a job that Abednico Bhebhe, the new commissar, has to deal with from the start. The differences in the structures and the ordinary members means, I am not surprised that Mwonzora may have lost in the nominations process, but won in the overall vote.” concluded Magaisa