Mwonzora snub: MDC-T says no grudge against Hichilema

Zimstar News

The Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T says it will not hold any grudges against new Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema for his apparent endorsement of the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance as the main opposition in Zimbabwe.

This is after the veteran opposition figure-turned-incumbent invited regional leaders, among them President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some main opposition leaders of those countries.

Mwonzora’s apparent snub has excited the MDC Alliance faithful which has taken to social media to flaunt Chamisa’s close ties with Hichilema while pouring scorn on Mwonzora.

But MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube Tuesday, telling Zimstar News it will not be dragged into the negative parts of what should be observed as a positive development in an opposition leader ascending to power.

“Zambian President Hichilema has demonstrated the embodiment of our philosophy of rational disputation.

“It’s all about the principle of inclusivity, and not about the personalities. We will not insult his gesture by discussing names of who he invited and who he didn’t,” Dube said.

He added, “We have been saying nomatter our differences, we should have a high level of tolerance.

“Our reading of the invitation of opposition formations in the region says no matter which side of the political eye we look at things, we must still be able to come back and celebrate developments like the election of the Hichilema as Zambian President.”

Chamisa and Mwonzora’s MDC-T have been locked in a bitter fight for MDC control since the death of founding party leader Morgan Tsvangirai February 2018.

Not even a 2020 Supreme Court ruling granting party rights to the then Thokozani Khupe led faction managed to settle the leadership dispute.

President Mnangagwa’s government recognises Mwonzora as the legitimate leader of the main opposition while Chamisa retains a great measure of control over the MDC support base.

In a later statement produced by the party following its shadow cabinet meeting Tuesday, MDC-T said it wished Hichilema well in his fledgling tenure as Zambian incumbent.