MEDIA mogul Trevor Ncube says that as the opposition MDC Alliance heads for Congress, the party’s voting delegates have a choice between a mature leader and “a young man whose supporters think violence, insults and abuse are the only way of supporting their political ambitions.”
Ncube also predicts the MDC will split after the Congress, adding that this will mark the end of the MDC as a political force.
“MDC supporters have a choice between a mature leader and a young man whose supporters think violence, insults and abuse are the only way of supporting their political ambitions. I see another MDC split after this and the end of MDC as a political force,” Ncube said, writing on Twitter on Tuesday.
MDC supporters have a choice between a mature leader and a young man whose supporters think violence, insults and abuse are the only way of supporting their political ambitions. I see another MDC split after this and the end of MDC as a political force. ?? pic.twitter.com/Mp6reI4gjK
— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) March 5, 2019
Chamisa faces stiff competition from his Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora, who came out victorious when the two squared off for the secretary-general’s post at the last Congress in 2014. MDC Alliance vice president Elias Mudzuri is reportedly fancying his chances as well.
With many of the voting delegates still in office since 2014, observers have been predicting a Mwonzora victory.
However, some have said the mood in the opposition party has changed drastically since the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, as Chamisa has clearly appeared as the people’s favourite. But, the majority of the people supporting Chamisa on social media are not bon fide MDC Congress delegates, analysts have warned.
Mwonzora last night confidently declared that he would have garnered more votes than what party leader Nelson Chamisa scored against President Mnangagwa in the July 2018 elections.
Appearing on Zi-FM Stereo’s The Platform anchored by Larry Kwirirayi on Monday evening, Mwonzora was asked if he could have won more votes than what Chamisa got.
“I think so,” said Mwonzora, with a chuckle. Watch the video below:
Mwonzora however refused to stated expressly whether he was contesting against party leader Nelson Chamisa at the 24 May Congress.
“Let’s leave that to the MDC people to decide. If they feel that I am better as Secretary-General, so be it. If they want to elevate me, still that’s alright,” Mwonzora said.
He explained that the tradition in the MDC was that one does not declare their own candidature, but gets nominated by provincial congresses first. It is the nomination that he said will indicate where the party structures want him deployed.