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Mwonzora talks tough, says Chamisa is a cry-baby

OPPOSITION MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora yesterday told journalists that he will contest the March 26 by-elections and the 2023 general elections using the name MDC Alliance and Nelson Chamisa’s people must stop “crying all over social media” for a party name they do not own.

This comes a the Manicaland Senator told the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) that his party was the sole owner of the MDC brand and its derivatives and that no-one else had legal claim to using the acronym MDC.

Mwonzora said it was none of his worries that Chamisa and his party supporters were in a fix over what nae to contest with in the elections.

“I don’t plan things for them, I don’t take care of their interests. What is important is that we are the owners of the name (MDC Alliance) and those people who do not own the name can use other names,” Mwonzora declared.

“We are not Chamisa’s keeper, I am not Chamisa’s keeper. I do not take care about his political interests and he cannot expect that from a political opponent.

“The period of being political cry-babies is over. We don’t cry even when things are going against us, but we see people crying all over social media.

“I am a political opponent of whoever has filled in candidates. I am an opponent in this election of Mnangagwa, and I am an opponent of Chamisa. If he has filled in candidates or has not filled in candidates, then it is perfectly and fairly fine.”

Asked about his recent sojourn to the State House where he met President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF Secretary for Finance, Mwonzora said no one was barred from going to the State House.

“I together with a small delegation from my party chose to visit Mnangagwa to talk to him about electoral reforms because that is what my party believes in. Others believe in talking about electoral reforms on Twitter and Facebook; but we as the MDC-T prefer to handle the matter the way we did.

“No political party has been refused the chance to establish alliances with parties that think alike, no one has been stopped from going to see Mnangagwa at State House. It’s only that we, as the MDC-T, have taken the chance and we see value in the alliances. We see value in the smallest of political parties,” Mwonzora said.

Chamisa’s party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere, who earlier on refused to announce if her party had decided on a name, said Mwonzora was a charlatan whose actions will catch up with him in the fullnes of time.

“And you’re going to find that after stealing the building, stealing the money, twerking at State House, illegally recalling MPs and masquerading as what you’re not, you’re still going to lose the elections! You’re a threat to democracy and an enemy of the people.

“Khupe “ran away with the name” in 2018 but she only managed to get 45K votes nationally while President Chamisa obtained over 2 million. Spitting on the will of the people can never be a winning strategy. It will cost them,” she threatened, adding that people will know who to vote for when election day comes.

“We guarantee that we’ll bring our A-game to this and every election. There’ll be no confusion. People know who their leaders are. We’re going to teach Zanu PF, by whatever name called, a lesson in this election and in the main show. There must be action on reforms.”

Meanwhile, Mwonzora also announced that his party would hold its congress on 5 March 2022, just three week before the by-elections on March 26 this year. All positions were open for contest, including his seat as party president.

“In the MDC-T, it is not an offence to contest, so those who are hopeful and qualify are allowed to contest,” Mwonzora said.

“The national council (NC) directed that the party will hold its congress on March 5. This will be the ordinary congress. The main congress will be preceded by congress and branch, ward, district and provincial level,” he explained.

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Mwonzora talks tough, says Chamisa is a cry-baby

OPPOSITION MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora yesterday told journalists that he will contest the March 26 by-elections and the 2023 general elections using the name MDC Alliance and Nelson Chamisa’s people must stop “crying all over social media” for a party name they do not own.

This comes a the Manicaland Senator told the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) that his party was the sole owner of the MDC brand and its derivatives and that no-one else had legal claim to using the acronym MDC.

Mwonzora said it was none of his worries that Chamisa and his party supporters were in a fix over what nae to contest with in the elections.

“I don’t plan things for them, I don’t take care of their interests. What is important is that we are the owners of the name (MDC Alliance) and those people who do not own the name can use other names,” Mwonzora declared.

“We are not Chamisa’s keeper, I am not Chamisa’s keeper. I do not take care about his political interests and he cannot expect that from a political opponent.

“The period of being political cry-babies is over. We don’t cry even when things are going against us, but we see people crying all over social media.

“I am a political opponent of whoever has filled in candidates. I am an opponent in this election of Mnangagwa, and I am an opponent of Chamisa. If he has filled in candidates or has not filled in candidates, then it is perfectly and fairly fine.”

Asked about his recent sojourn to the State House where he met President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF Secretary for Finance, Mwonzora said no one was barred from going to the State House.

“I together with a small delegation from my party chose to visit Mnangagwa to talk to him about electoral reforms because that is what my party believes in. Others believe in talking about electoral reforms on Twitter and Facebook; but we as the MDC-T prefer to handle the matter the way we did.

“No political party has been refused the chance to establish alliances with parties that think alike, no one has been stopped from going to see Mnangagwa at State House. It’s only that we, as the MDC-T, have taken the chance and we see value in the alliances. We see value in the smallest of political parties,” Mwonzora said.

Chamisa’s party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere, who earlier on refused to announce if her party had decided on a name, said Mwonzora was a charlatan whose actions will catch up with him in the fullnes of time.

“And you’re going to find that after stealing the building, stealing the money, twerking at State House, illegally recalling MPs and masquerading as what you’re not, you’re still going to lose the elections! You’re a threat to democracy and an enemy of the people.

“Khupe “ran away with the name” in 2018 but she only managed to get 45K votes nationally while President Chamisa obtained over 2 million. Spitting on the will of the people can never be a winning strategy. It will cost them,” she threatened, adding that people will know who to vote for when election day comes.

“We guarantee that we’ll bring our A-game to this and every election. There’ll be no confusion. People know who their leaders are. We’re going to teach Zanu PF, by whatever name called, a lesson in this election and in the main show. There must be action on reforms.”

Meanwhile, Mwonzora also announced that his party would hold its congress on 5 March 2022, just three week before the by-elections on March 26 this year. All positions were open for contest, including his seat as party president.

“In the MDC-T, it is not an offence to contest, so those who are hopeful and qualify are allowed to contest,” Mwonzora said.

“The national council (NC) directed that the party will hold its congress on March 5. This will be the ordinary congress. The main congress will be preceded by congress and branch, ward, district and provincial level,” he explained.

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