THE opposition MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora said yesterday it would not allow rival MDC Alliance gladiator Nelson Chamisa to use the MDC Alliance brand in any form starting with the upcoming by-elections.
The stern warning comes as Chamisa yesterday teased fans with the new party name and coloursm theme as his opposition outfit races against time ahead of pending by-elections and 2023 polls.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday said he would proclaim a date for the impending by-elections in early January.
“We are the Alliance principals and we are unambiguous. We are a constitutional democracy and they may not have all their prayers answered through unconstitutional means,” MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube said.
“They said they (MDC Alliance) will have Harvest House (party headquarters) we had it. They said they will have the funds under the Political Parties (Finance) Act, we got that. They said they will have to recall our MPs, we recalled errant members of our party and we are not moved by any words now. The time of reckoning is now.”
So far Chamisa has lost the party name, dozens of elected officials, party headquarters and provincial offices and assets including state funding under the Political Parties (Finance) Act to Mwonzora.
Refusing to go down without a fight, Chamisa yesterday teased party faithful when he appeared to be brainstorming the new party’s identity.
“Colour is language, colour lights up the environment and illuminates the atmosphere. The future is exciting. We must be different but which colour is the future?” Chamisa tweeted yesterday while holding yellow, orange and blue umbrella umbrellas.
The MDC Alliance uses red as its traditional colours, but with the Mwonzora outfit having taken over, the main opposition outfit finds itself in a precarious position.
A few months ago, there were reports that Chamisa will adopt Citizens Convergence for Change (CCC) as the new party name.
But in a letter addressed to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) dated September 20, an unknown politician Farai Zhou claimed that CCC belonged to his group and named a known Zanu-PF functionary Varaidzo Musungo as the party’s presidential candidate.
He also said prominent Bulawayo lawyer Tavengwa Hara was the legal representative of the party. Hara distanced himself from CCC.
- via NewsDay