MDC-T Secretary General Nixon Nyikadzino and Douglas Mwonzora clash over congress

Newly-elected MDC-T president Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora

Nixon Nyikadzino who is also known as General Mao has said that he, as the legitimate Secretary-General of MDC-T, is organising the extra-ordinary congress to elect the President only, Pedzisai Ruhanya has claimed.

Nyikadzino said the extra-ordinary congress ordered by the Supreme Court only related to the dispute in the presidium after Tsvangirai’s death and he remained firmly in charge as secretary-general of the party elected at the 2018 congress.

“In continuing to execute my responsibilities as the secretary-general of the party, I shall advise stakeholders on the path the party will be following,” he said.

“I am cognisant of the fact that we contested the 2018 harmonised elections as the MDC-T and at bare minimum, managed to secure a seat for a Member of Parliament in the Lower House as well as a senatorial seat. I shall be communicating the party position with regards to these deployments within the next few days.”

Nyikadzino added: “As such, please note that there is only one secretary-general of the MDC-T as elected at the said congress on the 23rd of April 2018, which was legally convened and attended by bona fide members of our party, the MDC-T. Be guided accordingly.”

This comes as Douglas Mwonzora has also said that he is organising an extraordinary congress that will elect all party structures.

Komichi and Mwonzora announced after the Supreme Court ruling that they were already implementing the ruling, a move that has angered MDC-T officials who feel the two wanted a hostile takeover of the party.

Komichi is a senator under the MDC Alliance in the Midlands province, while Mwonzora is a senator in the same party for Manicaland province.

MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende said Komichi and Mwonzora had automatically expelled themselves from the party, a situation that leaves the two unattached, if the MDC-T has its way

The extraordinary congress in question is a directive by the Supreme Court ruling on the leadership crisis in the Movement for Democratic Change party.

The ruling also reinstated Thokozani Khupe as the interim party leader while Nelson Chamisa was demoted to a Secretary of Policy and Research.

Chamisa’s supporters do not accept the outcome of the case adding that it had nothing to “do with the MDC Alliance which is the party led by Chamisa.”

The Court also ruled that the congress should be held within three months after the ruling and Mwonzora has said that he will soon reveal dates and venue of the congress at the end of this month adding that if the lockdown is extended, he will advise party members.

– Ruhanya

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