Battle lines have been drawn in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) amid indications that party members sympathetic to party President Nelson Chamisa are orchestrating a plan to fire Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora before the next elective congress slated for October 2019.
Reliable sources within the opposition described Nyanga senator as “an apple of discord allegedly funded by the ruling Zanu PF party to cause confusion in the movement.”
“He is in bed with Zanu PF. All is known and his agenda is to cause chaos within the party as he is aware that he will not make it at the congress next year.
“He is still bitter about how Chamisa rose to power which was anchored on popular support from party followers. So because of his unpopularity and how Chamisa performed in elections, Mwonzora has no chance at all,” the source said.
The sources alleged that Zanu PF is bank rolling Mwonzora’s project to cause confusion in the opposition top ranks a development intended to divert the 40 years old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa from focusing on national issues but on party issues.
“The intention is to divert Chamisa from focusing on national issues and concentrate on party business. Chamisa is mulling a national protest so the state is not happy with that. So they want to support Mwonzora to just cause confusion,” the source added.
Another senior party official fingered Mwonzora and Vice President Elias Mudzuri as part of a scheme revolting against Chamisa’s ascendancy to the leadership of the party following the death of founding President, Morgan Tsvangirai.
“He is waging a revolt. He wants to challenge Chamisa after going to Malaba to apologize for heckling him without the blessing of the party. He is doing this together with Mudzuri,” the source said.
According to the party source, Mwonzora is believed to have roped in Manicaland Provincial chairperson, David Chimhini and other unnamed senior part officials in his project to topple Chamisa.
This publication could not establish from Mwonzora’s side as his mobile went unanswered.