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MDC Alliance implodes as allies turn against winless Mwonzora


By Marrian Rushwaya

MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora’s dismal failure to inspire the MDC Alliance to a single victory in the just-ended by-elections has angered allies who have confronted the embattled politician with a suspension order prohibiting him from representing the coalition anymore.  

In a letter of suspension written to Mwonzora and also shared on social media, ZimPf secretary general and Secretariat Alliance Coordinator Marakia Bomani accused the Nyanga senator of violating the alliance agreement.

“This letter constitutes official notice of your suspension from speaking, representing or conducting MDC-Alliance business in any form, shape or capacity for gross violation of the MDC Alliance’s Non Competent Alliance agreement of the 5th August 2017 and it’s Amendment.

“Your suspension is with immediate effect until further notice,” Bomani wrote.


Allies accuse the opposition leader of ineffective leadership that has seen the coalition suffer an embarrassing zero victory from a list of 28 parliamentary and 105 council elections which were up for grabs.

Unlike its opposition rivals in CCC who won a run-away majority of the seats, MDC Alliance enjoyed state funding under the Political Parties Finance Act.

Unable to stomach the embarrassment, Mwonzora’s opposition allies felt their leader was a disgrace and could not be allowed to continue fronting their cause anymore.

“The MDC Alliance was well funded by Mr and Mrs Tax Payer but under your leadership our candidates nationwide failed to win at least one single polling station. You are a disgrace Mr President.


“We wish to reiterate that the decision on whether to return as the MDC-Alliance President lies with the MDC-Alliance principals,” said Bomani.

MDC Alliance was a pre-2018 poll pact struck among a handful opposition parties that sought to combine their numerical presence with hopes to upstage the ruling Zanu PF in the harmonised elections.

Parties agreed to a single Presidential candidate while also sharing constituencies to contest in the poll.

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