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Mwonzora blow after Manicaland snub

By Staff Reporter

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora is reportedly unsure whether there is any point in trying to retain his current position in the party.

Nelson Chamisa and Douglas Mwonzora
Nelson Chamisa and Douglas Mwonzora

Ahead of a make or break elective congress slated for May 24 to 26, Mwonzora shocked many people over the weekend when he withdrew his presidential aspirations and instead urged his supporters to back party leader Nelson Chamisa.

Mwonzora failed to get a single nomination for the presidency from the all the provinces that have voted so far but got the consolation of a single nomination for his current position. The bigger shock came after his home province of Manicaland did not nominate him for any position.

“My initial inclination was to contest for the position of secretary-general, since I had been nominated by some people for that post. I may consider not to contest, depending on the circumstances,” Mwonzora is quoted saying.

“There are a number of issues that I have raised with the Independent Electoral Commission in writing regarding certain misgivings I had about the process,” he said.

“Unfortunately, these were not attended to and at the same time, the process of the nomination was proceeding. For that reason, I felt I could not continue being in the presidential race.”

“It all went on well and the people of the province made their democratic choices so now we are heading for Masvingo province today (yesterday) before we do Harare tomorrow (today),” MDC organising secretary Amos Chibaya is quoting saying on Monday.