Politics a Game of numbers: Mwonzora pushed into panic mode

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Reinstated MDC-T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora
Reinstated MDC-T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora

HARARE – War continues as two MDC factions battle to control the party with Douglas Mwonzora and his team calling for a hurried press conference dismissing the meeting that was held by the 2014 National Executive Council at the party headquarters on Thursday afternoon TsTNews can reveal.

By Taurai Bvumo

In a press conference held Friday Afternoon and attended by reinstated party Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora, Party Chairman Morgan Komichi and Elias Mudzuri, the trio said the Extra Ordinary Congress will go ahead as planned and they won’t be deterred by some elements who wanted to reverse the principle of constitutionalism within the party.

Mwonzora claimed that the Supreme Court judgement had only given the secretary general the mandate to act on behalf of the party therefore the resolutions made by the members of the National Executive council were null and void.

“…Please note that no one has a right of convening this meetings without my authority. Please note that according to the Supreme Court Ruling no other person serve for the persons mentioned above is allowed these meetings,” Mwonzora told the media.

He further said his team was currently organising the Extra-Ordinary Congress (EOC) and preparations were already at an advanced stage.

TSTnews understands that the trio are in a panic mode and Thursday’s events caught them off guard after underestimating the popularity of Nelson Chamisa.

“They have lost control of the 2014 structures after all members of NEC pledged their allegiance to Chamisa and now they have realised politics is a game of numbers not a bogus court judgement” Thabisa Sibanda told TSTnews

The panic comes after the NEC ordered Mwonzora to call for an emergency meeting to discuss the outcome of the ruling as a party not to unilaterally do so.

The meeting by NEC members declared Mwonzora and Khupe’s actions were out of line as they had decided align the ruling party.

“Resolved to stop Mwonzora, Komichi, and Khupe to act on behalf of the former MDC and its organs prior to the said meeting. Mwonzora acted illegally by recalling MPs of another party MDC Alliance as a party distinct from the former MDC.” Said one of the NEC Menbers who attended the meeting.

“We are extremely concerned that the Supreme Court judgment has been deployed to destroy the people’s struggle and advance the capture of the opposition in Zimbabwe.

“We also note that whole judgment must be viewed in the context of the 2018 election dispute of which Mr. (Emmerson) Mnangagwa has never rested after being defeated from the poll.

“The Supreme Court judgment is so absurd for the following reasons; it was handed nicodemously during the lockdown, there are few people who knew about the judgment in advance, Khupe, Mwonzora, and Komichi.

“What is even bizarre is the interest of State institutions, The Herald, Parliament, Police, and ZBC. The Supreme Court (judgment) was covered live showing a big hand of the State. Parliament breached the lockdown principle to reconvene and illegally recall MDC Alliance MPs,” she added.