THE Nomination Court sitting of yesterday brought to fore the challenges faced by the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC Alliance in the upcoming by-elections set for 26 March.
Mwonzora recalled members of Chamisa’s then MDC Alliance in Chinhoyi and other local council authorities, creating the majority of the 17 wards that are up for grab in the impending by-elections.
In a dramatic turn of events, Mwonzora this January turned around and declared he was the MDC Alliance leader and threatened lawsuits on anyone who dared use the MDC acronym on their political projects.
However, Mwonzora failed to field candidates in 12 of those 17 local wards. In contrast, the ruling party Zanu PF and Chamisa’s newly-formed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC)filed in all the 17 wards.
Weekly publication Business Times reported on the development, quoting Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acting provincial elections officer Austin Ndlovu.
This comes as two weeks ago, some of the candidates the MDC-T had selected for wards in Bulawayo withdrew from the by-elections, citing that the party had no realistic chances in the elections
Meanwhile, in the Midlands Province most aspirants successfully submitted their papers with Zanu PF, CCC and MDC Alliance dominating.
For local authority by-elections in Gweru city Ward 2, three candidates, Zanu PF`s Erlanger Tinarwo, Josiah Makombe of CCC, and MDC Alliance’s Partson Chingwaru successfully tendered their nomination papers.
MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube was not reachable for comment. Earlier on, Dube threatened that his party would recall CCC MPs who in Parliament records are regarded as MDC Alliance legislators.
Those facing recalls include Hwange Central legislator Daniel Molokele, Job Sikhala (Zengeza West) Joanna Mamombe (Harare West) Costa Machingauta (Budiriro), among others.