OPPOSITION MDC Alliance officials who were recalled from Parliament and and local councils across the country have been given another bite of the cherry after the party said they can fight to reclaim their seats in the March 26 by-elections.
In a statement, party spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere however cautioned that some of the recalled candidates might fail to make it past the party’s internal process if they were deemed unfit.
Mahere still hinted that it is the grassroots that will choose their own candidates “to allow for democracy to prevail”. She said recalled MPs and councillors would be allowed to contest if the communities endorse their candidature.
There are 28 vacant parliamentary and 117 council seats following the recall of MDC Alliance legislators and councillors countrywide.
“The consistent position is that all candidates are going to come from communities as announced by president (Nelson) Chamisa last year under our citizens agenda for change now under the people’s agenda,” she said.
“As we go towards by-elections, candidates will be subjected to an internal process, and a balance has to be struck between those who were recalled and obviously ensuring that the wishes of the citizens are respected.
“As we speak, the MDC Alliance is currently subjecting every single candidate to an internal review process which includes huge and widespread consultations with the citizenry because at the end of the day, the goal is to come up with a good candidate who is agreed to by the citizens, and the community they represent by way of consensus.
“We are already in the process of implementing community-driven candidate selection.”