MDC congress in late start

MDC congress in late start
Published: 25 May 2019 (239 Views)
THE MDC's first elective congress post the death of its founding father Morgan Tsvangirai failed to kick-off on time yesterday.

As late as 3pm the marques were still being set while chairs were also being delivered to the venue of what is likely to be a very modest congress.

Clad in red, the party youths turned to cheap backyard ales and sang themselves hoarse waiting impatiently for the event to kick off.

People had, however, come in numbers, laden in lorries and pick-up trucks. While Ascot Stadium, the venue of the congress was teeming with MDC activists, there was no pomp or fanfare, neither was there any music from the public address system because Gweru, like most parts of Zimbabwe is not being spared from the crippling power cuts.

But there was little music though from the cars and factions who were campaigning just outside the venue for their respective candidates. The gathering comes amid great expectations from the party faithful who are hoping to get a "brave leadership" that will confront Zanu-PF over the economic meltdown.

Led by Nelson Chamisa, who is unchallenged, the MDC has dodged several attempts to have its congress stopped. Chamisa's rivals dispute his leadership after he controversially took over the reins of the country's biggest political party after the death of Tsvangirai in February last year.

Although Chamisa is unchallenged, it is a battle of the titans for the post of his three deputies with former ministers Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, Elias Mudzuri and Morgen Komichi all seeking to deputise the charismatic leader.

Three women Lynette Karenyi-Kore, Lilian Timveos and Tracy Mutinhiri are also vying for the MDC vice presidency where one seat is reserved for a woman. MDC outgoing organising secretary Amos Chibaya told the Daily News Chamisa will officially open the congress today.

"We are preparing to have the congress for women and the youth assembly today (yesterday) we expect to complete the elections later tonight. We will then have elections for the main wing, the standing committee that will be held on Sunday," said Chibaya.

An MDC activist Willard Moyo from Midlands province said the congress offers the opposition party with an opportunity to renew the movement.  "We are expecting to come up with a very strong team that will confront Zanu-PF. We are different; we want new ideas and we want to make sure that Mnangagwa listens to the people's grievances."

"We have to elect Biti he has the solutions to the country's problems I remember when he was the minister of Finance the economy stabilised, he is the right person along with Welsh (Ncube) who can assist our president," Getrude Nyamade from Mashonaland Central said.

- dailynews

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