STAFF WRITERS 4 June 2018
HARARE – Top MDC officials including sitting Members of Parliament who
lost primary elections are reportedly ganging up to form a strong team to
fight Nelson Chamisa in 2019 at the opposition party’s congress.
Before he succumbed to colon cancer in February this year, MDC founding
president Morgan Tsvangirai had sought to strategically ring-fence sitting
MPs by not subjecting them to primary elections. In return, he demanded
that the MPs use their resources to drum up support in rural areas where
he deployed them.
The ascendancy of Chamisa as Tsvangirai’s successor marked a dramatic
change in their fortunes, as the Kuwadzana East legislator called for
everyone to be subjected to the people unless there was consensus on a
Most of the sitting MPs and party bigwigs failed to withstand the heat
during the party’s primary elections, and fell by the wayside.
Those that feel hard done by Chamisa’s decision are now trying to
influence a rebellion against him-in a development that analysts say could
plunge the party into further turmoil.