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MDC promises more demos after congress

                 Amos Chibaya 
Beatific Gumbwanda

CHIREDZI
– The
MDC Alliance has warned the government that it will organise demonstrations
after its elective congress scheduled for May 24 in Gweru.
Addressing party supporters in
the faction-ridden Chiredzi West at the Civic Centre grounds in Chiredzi Town
on Sunday, May 12, MDC Alliance national organising secretary Amos Chibaya accused
the Zanu PF government of trying to destabilise the opposition party ahead of
its congress.
He said the destabilisation plot
was one of the Zanu PF government’s strategies to deflect attention from its
glaring failure to stabilise the economy.
He pointed at the recent High
Court judgement nullifying the 2016 appointment of party leader Nelson Chamisa
to the party vice presidency and his subsequent rise to the presidency as one
of the many ways by which Zanu PF is trying to destroy the opposition.
“We are not going to be given a
leader by Zanu PF’s courts, never! We did our internal processes as required by
law after our icon, Morgan Tsvangirai had passed on. The (MDC) national council
resolved that Chamisa has to lead the party for two weeks before they said he
is by law allowed to act for 12 months. That’s why he stood as our presidential
candidate (in the 2018 harmonised elections).
“Khupe is a leader for another
political party, MDC-T which held its congress in 2018 at Stanley Square where
they elected leaders of their party. She also contested in the harmonised
elections and she is also currently in dialogue with Mnangagwa as a president
of her party. So the courts have nothing to do with our party,” said Chibaya.
He said the party will regroup
after congress and organise peaceful demonstrations to protest the worsening
economic conditions.
“We will unite party cadres
during our congress so that we speak with one voice. We are going to reclaim
our stolen vote soon after congress in order to address the economic crisis,”
said Chibaya.
Chiredzi West has so far failed
to elect new leadership and set up new structures due to factionalism and deep
internal divisions. Chibaya said he will preside over the elections himself on
Sunday this week after a rally that is expected to be addressed by Chamisa.

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