MDC-T will participate in the by-elections set for March 26 under the MDC Alliance banner, party leader Douglas Mwonzora has announced adding that other parties will have themselves to blame if they do not take his party seriously.
Briefing Journalists in Harare this Wednesday, Mwonzora confirmed that his party will contest the by-elections set for March 26 this year.
“The party decided to contest. We are confident the candidate selection will be completed. For the avoidance of doubt, we are going to contest as MDC Alliance, we have already started submitting candidates for this election, we are approaching it and confident we will prevail in these elections.
“Political parties participating in these by-elections must take us seriously, as we want to win,” said Mwonzora.
The announcement is set to catch the rival MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa flat-footed as they now have no name to contest under. Chamisa’s deputy national chairperson Job Sikhala told HourlyHits.com that his party was not going to change the name.
“Kuchinja zita kwekuita sei (Why should we change our party’s name?) Just to please Mnangagwa and his puppets? To hell with that nonsense,” Sikhala fumed.
Party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere was repeatedly not picking up calls when reached for a comment. Deputy spokesperson Gift Ostallos Siziba referred the matter back to Mahere.
Siziba, however, insisted that there was no need for members to panic as “the right decisions will be made at the right time”.
Mwonzora added that his party believes in dialogue to meet the needs of Zimbabweans, saying it has been proved before.
“Dialogue is the way to go in the country’s politics, it was proved at Lancaster House and ushered independence, it was also proved in 2008, this is why we always meet with President Mnangagwa. Our discussions are cordial and gave us hope that we have made progress.”
Zimbabwe is heading for the polls on the 26 March this year to fill vacant posts in parliament and local authorities.
The nomination court sits countrywide on Wednesday 26 January and candidates have until then to place their papers in order.