Source: Chamisa takes MDC-T VP post full-time – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 23, 2016
NEWLY-appointed MDC-T vice-president Nelson Chamisa will take the position on a full-time basis as the main opposition party moves to reposition itself ahead of the watershed 2018 elections.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Speaking for the first time after his appointment by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai last week, Chamisa told hundreds of opposition party members that he would hang his court gown and take his new post on a full-time basis.
“I humbly accept the trust put in me by my president. I will hang my job as a lawyer and go to the ground so that together we can work to bring the party back to its 1999 levels,” he said during a meeting with MDC-T Harare provincial structures on Thursday night.
Chamisa said the role of the three VPs, including Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri, was to ensure Tsvangirai wins the 2018 elections by mobilising the masses in the rural areas.
He urged party supporters to ignore the High Court application challenging the new appointments.
“It is a shame that there are people who have taken the party to court. What I can tell you as a legal expert is that courts don’t solve political issues. There are structures in the party that are capable of dealing with these issues, so as the grassroots worry not about that application,” Chamisa said.
“There is no power in the MDC-T. Power is with Zanu PF and our concern is to get that power so that we can effect positive change for the people of Zimbabwe, so don’t worry about positions within MDC-T, but the vision.”
Mudzuri also said he would not fail the trust Tsvangirai had shown by appointing him one of his deputies.
“Our president was clear that he is unwell. We are here to do his work and ensure the party wins elections in 2018,” he said.
Deputy party organising secretary Amos Chibaya said Khupe represented the “mothers”, Mudzuri the “daddies” and Chamisa the “children” in the party to complete the acronym of the party MDC-T.