Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC-T has dug in on its spirited bid to wrestle Nelson Chamisa’s party name with the MDC faction’s national chairperson Morgen Komichi defiantly calling on locals to vote his MDC Alliance.
The country goes for by-elections March 26 this year with the rival MDC factions at odds on who should use the name MDC Alliance.
Mwonzora wrote to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) recently declaring his faction was the authentic MDC Alliance and no one else should claim the title.
One of his lieutenants, Komichi has twisted the knife right into his former colleagues’ bodies, urging locals to “vote MDC Alliance”.
MDC Alliance is raring to go. People have a choice NATIONAL DIALOGUE and politics of Confrontation. VOTE MDC ALLIANCE!!!!!
MDC Alliance is raring to go.
People have a choice NATIONAL DIALOGUE and politics of Confrontation.
VOTE MDC ALLIANCE!!!!!
— Morgen Komichi-MDCt (@MKomichi) January 15, 2022
There are more than 130 seats in both parliament and councils which fell vacant following massive recalls, deaths and redeployments on representatives elected in the 2018 harmonised elections.
Chamisa’s MDC Alliance is still agonising on whether to persist with the use of the name in pending by-elections or dump it for a new one altogether.
The confusion depends as aspiring party candidates under Chamisa’s party have already started printing posters under the banner of MDC Alliance even when the party has not declared any position in that regard.
United Kingdom based lawyer and blogger Alex Magaisa has urged his colleagues within the Chamisa led party to be admit the MDC Alliance name has been corrupted by ongoing squabbles through abandoning it for a new name.