Divisions have rocked the MDC-T over the nomination exercise with party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora refusing to concede defeat to party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa for the coveted post of secretary general despite failing to garner even a single nomination from the eight provinces.
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Mwonzora on Friday claimed that he had received a nomination from the United States province, a statement that has torched a massive storm in the party.
Camps have emerged in the party over the nomination process with two groups fighting and discrediting each other.
Chamisa has eight nominations so far from the provinces, while Mwonzora is yet to get any nomination for the secretary general’s post.
Mwonzora was however defiant, insisting that he would be on the ballot paper in their congress this October to face Chamisa.
“I will definitely get a nomination from the remaining provinces to enable me to be on the ballot paper. A nomination is not an election, it simply allows one to be on the ballot at the congress where our members will choose their leaders by secret ballot,” Mwonzora said.
The nomination process has been riddled with allegations of vote buying and rigging but no losing candidate has yet formally launched a complaint.
Mwonzora said he will not contest the earlier nomination processes which were done in his absence as he was attending to a public violence trial at Rusape Magistrate Courts.
“I will not contest the nomination processes held earlier despite some of the irregularities since one only needs a single nomination to be on the ballot,” Mwonzora added.
Harare provincial spokesperson Obert Gutu yesterday announced that he had been nominated by MDC-T USA.
“Let me take this opportunity to most sincerely thank the MDC-T USA province for nominating me for the position of national information and publicity secretary. I will do my level best not to betray the confidence and trust that you have shown in me. I am honestly humbled by your support,” he posted on his Facebook wall.
The party has 12 provinces nationally and the focus is now on the Matabeleland provinces which are holding their congresses this weekend.