By Staff Reporter
MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora (pictured) has hinted on party plans to reunite the popular opposition with its breakaway faction led by former Vice President Thokozani Khupe.
Speaking at a public meeting on elections this past week, Mwonzora said the MDC-T split was “regrettable”.
“The split in the MDC is very regrettable. We are working flat out to make sure that we try to mend the fissures,” he said.
The former Nyanga North legislator was among the few top party politicians who opposed eventual leader Nelson Chamisa’s controversial assuming of the MDC-T presidency following the death February this year of Morgan Tsvangirai.
Together with Khupe, they protested what they found to be a violation of the MDC-T constitution by Chamisa and his backers.
Khupe claims she was elbowed out of the MDC-T leadership race because she was both a woman and a Ndebele.
Chamisa’s backers are adamant the younger politician was the best foot forward in a political landscape dominated by aging politicians.
Put on the spot by some audience members to explain Chamisa’s power grab, Mwonzora tried to play cautious saying both MDC-T factions were correct in their beliefs on how the main opposition’s leadership question could be resolved.
“It is regrettable you have this side saying this and this side giving a justification but at the end of the day what is important is not who you are or what sex you are or what age you are.
“What is important is what you represent, what you stand for and who you stand for and on that we are agreed.
“Whether we will go to congress or not, yes it is important to go to congress the only thing was whether the national council had the power to do what congress could do. It is a million dollar question and legal scholars are not agreed on the meaning of the MDC constitution and therefore I have enough respect for those who argue on either side,” Mwonzora said.
He added, “We stand for the unity of all progressive forces. That is why the MDC was so instrumental to the formation of the National Electoral Reform Agenda which was a conglomerate of 18 political parties led by the MDC-T.
“We were instrumental through our late President in the formation of the MDC Alliance which is a grouping of seven political parties including our recently departed sisters. We see value in them and we want them back into the fold.”