The late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangira, Nelson Chamisa and Douglas Mwonzora

Chamisa ready to replace Tsvangirai’s 'jacket'

The race to lead the opposition MDC took a new twist Sunday after party secretary general Douglas Mwonzora chickened out and opted to fight to retain his current post.

Until Sunday, Mwonzora has been fighting to wrestle the party leadership from Chamisa in what observers felt he would easily win against the incumbent given his 2014 congress victory.

Mwonzora now faces stiff competition from the party deputy treasurer general, Chalton Hwende who has been nominated for the key post.

Hwende has also received nominations for the secretary general’s post ahead of the May congress.

“I spoke to the president and agreed that the president will be Nelson Chamisa and I will try to get back my position as secretary general,” he said.

Mwonzora said his decision was for the good of the party.

Chamisa said the party must unite and work together.

“This is not about hating each other. It’s about working together in peace. This is our party and we must work together in different capacities,” Chamisa said.

Speaking in Mashonaland East over the weekend, Chamisa said the congress will decide who will take over full mandate to run the party after the late former party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“We have the ideas and we have the answers. They have the questions and we have the answers,” he said.

“I was putting on Tsvangirai's jacket that will take us to congress and from there you give me mine. My jacket will be dangerous because it belongs to a youth so the energy is there.”


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