Violence erupts in Chamisa’s MDC

MDC supporters demonstrate outside the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare yesterday

MDC supporters demonstrate outside the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare yesterday

Daniel Nemukuyu, Harare Bureau
AN implosion has hit MDC-T amid reports that the party leadership is imposing National Assembly and local authority candidates to represent the opposition party in the 2018 harmonised elections.

MDC-T members were yesterday up in arms over the so-called “consensus” approach adopted by their party in some constituencies, which saw candidates being imposed without holding primary elections.

The infighting has pushed the incumbent legislator for Harare West Ms Jessie Majome out of the race.

She has opted to stand as an independent candidate for the same constituency.

Around midday yesterday, MDC-T party members staged a demonstration which later turned violent outside Harvest House in Harare.

They were chanting slogans, raising placards and accusing some unnamed leaders of imposing their girlfriends as candidates.

A number of aspiring candidates were reportedly shut out sparking an unrest within the party.

Sources, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation, said they were not happy with the way the party affairs were being managed.

MDC-T’s national executive member Mr Amos Chibaya yesterday had a tough time trying to  control the crowd that was demanding audience with the opposition party’s president, Mr Nelson Chamisa.

Our Harare Bureau’s photographer Tawanda Mudimu had to run for dear life after some MDC-T thugs mobbed him.

They manhandled Mudimu demanding that he deletes all the pictures he had taken during the demonstration.

One of the demonstrators told our Harare Bureau that imposition of candidates was destroying the party.

“A friend of mine submitted his curriculum vitae to represent MDC-T in Ward 2, Epworth, but a woman has since been imposed.

“Three other aspiring candidates can no longer contest in that ward. Under the circumstances, we cannot vote for someone who was imposed on us when the election time comes,” he said.

Some people are not happy with the party’s youth leader Mr Happymore Chidziva’s participation in the Highfield West National Assembly race saying he was from Kwekwe.

“We know they are propping up Chidziva who is popularly known as Bvondo to stand as a candidate for Highfield West unopposed but that is not fair.

“He is actually from Kwekwe and he cannot be imposed on the people of Harare,” said the source.

The MDC-T is reported to have reserved the Highfield West seat for the youths, to the exclusion of senior party members and former legislators for the constituency.

In Kuwadzana, sources said, the party leadership was pushing for the acceptance of its vice youth chairperson Mr Shakespear Mukoyi.

“They want Mukoyi to represent the party in Kuwadzana but he is over 45 years old. He is no longer a youth. Again, he is not the people’s choice and he cannot just be imposed on us,” said another source.

Violence also rocked the MDC-T consensus meeting in Glen View and Chitungwiza.

Some sitting and aspiring candidates had to flee for  their lives as youths bayed for their blood in chaos riddled meetings. The party has directed party candidates to hold consensus meetings to avoid holding primary elections, a strategy that has been perceived by some as a ploy to impose preferred candidates.

In Glen View North, sitting Legislator Mr Fani Munengami fled the scene while Mrs Vimbai Tsvangirai Java had to be escorted as party supporters protested why she was coming to contest in Glen View South constituency.

Party supporters rapped Mr Chamisa for trying to impose Vimbai, the daughter of founding MDC-T president Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who succumbed to colon cancer in February this year.

In Zengeza West, a tension-filled consensus meeting was aborted after just 10 minutes after sitting MP Mr Simon Chidhakwa failed to agree with aspiring candidates Messrs Job Sikhala and Rangarirayi Mutingwende.

When contacted for comment, MDC acting national chairperson Mr Morgan Komichi admitted that consensus meetings held at the weekend were rocked by violence.

He accused disqualified candidates of fanning the violence.

“These consensus meetings are a process that does not even require violence or conflict as what has happened in some few areas. It is a voluntary process of consensus building and once that fails we subject people to primary elections,” said Mr Komichi.

“Violence is being caused by disqualified people who are buying beer for some misguided youths who are not even our party members. We sat as an Appeals Committee and resolved about 90 cases and our doors remain open.”

A pro-opposition pressure group, Heal Zimbabwe, has since issued a statement castigating the MDC-T violence.

“Heal Zimbabwe is appalled by episodes of intraparty violence that rocked MDC-T consensus meetings in several districts across the country,” said the pressure group yesterday.

Sources in the party condemned Mr Chamisa for introducing the consensus meetings to cover up his bid to impose his cronies.

“In Glen View South, Vimbai does not even stay there nor her in-laws. She has no links to the constituency that would warrant her to be there. This has frustrated some candidates that have worked tirelessly for the past years in the constituency. The constituency has been declared as reserved for women and we perceive it as a ploy to elbow out former MP Mr Paul Madzore who has since rejoined our party from the Tendai Biti formation,” said another source.

Mr Chamisa has also been accused of imposing Collins, Mr Tsvangirai’s younger brother, as a Senator in Manicaland. In Harare West constituency, Ms Majome said she would stand as an independent candidate in the harmonised elections following her withdrawal from the opposition party’s primary elections.

She is citing the breach of MDC-T guidelines on elections by the party’s leadership.

Addressing Harare West residents in the constituency yesterday, Ms Majome said: “Dear Harare Westerners, our journey together has not ended. You have shown me through the feedback you have given me that this cannot be the end.

“On that token I hereby announce that I will be standing in this coming general election as an independent candidate to represent our voice and our will as Harare Westerners.”

Ms Majome said in view of the path she and her supporters have taken, they needed “all hands on deck” and invited volunteers to assist in various aspects of “this cause.”

She said the party’s primary elections have turned into a lottery of “who has more party cards rather than winning the hearts  and minds of Harare Westerners”.

She alluded to issues like the voters’ rolls, ballot papers and the actual voting process, which she said were not clear.

“The election criteria on its own  is  shrouded in mystery to such levels that even district structures who are supposed to run  the elections are not in full picture on them,” Ms Majome said.

“My conscience and our principles as Harare Westerners cannot allow us to participate in a process that will suffocate our voice in petty party politics.

“At national level our party has suffered electoral injustices which through my work in Parliament I have fiercely fought. As this election is upon us we as a party have been fighting for reform of these unfair processes.”

Ms Majome said it was on record that the opposition party leadership feels they cannot participate in an unfair election unless reforms are made.

“How then do I allow myself and most importantly Harare Westerners to participate in a primary where my party is failing to promote the same fairness we are advocating for.”

Ms Majome is the first Member of Parliament to represent Harare West following her election in 2008.

She was re-elected to represent her constituency in 2013.

There are allegations that Mr Chamisa is imposing Ms Joana Mamombe in Harare West.

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  • QB

    Better to vote for a donkey than this KHAMISA! Uzalichamisa hantsho liyamthanda! What would you expect from a self imposed leader?

    • Simon

      That is if the donkey can submit papers. Why don’t you complain about the self imposed ED? Uyislima wena Ndwangu.

      • Cainos Kainos Nkolomi

        Chamisa is also self imposed lina mandebele liyizilima, uKhuphe Bamtshaya khonale besithi kasuke kibo , isilima nguwe,

        • milton

          no we have to support Chamisa otherwise nothing realy changes in supporting Khuphe my brother. okusalayo we are affected if we vote zanupf back.

        • Simon

          Wena without an alternative uyislima number 1. If you want to be ruled by a donkey kutshukuti lawe uyimbongolo. Nca ungafuni abantu bevote uyisithuta somuntu.

      • QB

        Khamisa akudlise uChamisa umalichamisa

    • Major Musango

      don’t try to influence us …. go ye therefore and vote for your donkey …. my X is on Chamisa!

  • Prince Maphosa

    QB nomater wat Chamisa yizo even chronicle tries to tarnish his image I don’t care know one is perfect under the sun

  • Chipoto vhaivhai

    Wena QB u Dhakisi wafakwa ngubani? Ucabanga ngezibunu.

  • Galveston

    Typical spook media bad mouthing the only credible opposition at crucial election time. Are they not over-reacting to a few insignificant incidents in order to make their targets look bad? However; on a slightly different note it is indeed disturbing to witness Chamisa’s immaturity as an aspiring national leader, while Thokozani Khupe’s decision to run alone raises some really awkward questions. My opinion on this is that for the sake of the nation’s well-being, the two should put aside their childish differences and face the common enemy as united front, whether this is on a united party basis or a coalition. For this to succeed, there will be need for the disputing parties to put away their pride and do the dignified thing by admitting their faults and embracing each other. There could be no better decision than that!

  • qondani

    Maybe bakhethwa ngu Morgan they must accept as always

    • George Ndlovu

      Like Lieson Chamisa was hand picked the Late Guru….Lieson is following his former Boss’s foot step…to hand pick….

  • Dudu Mdlaziba

    Chamisa is dead. His coup will amount to nothing but a hill of beans!

    • Major Musango

      you are insane and dull! Dream on!

  • bhinikwa

    Its amazing that Herald & Chronicle always do this at election time & do not learn from their past. It doesnt work. The human mind works quite the opposite of what you are trying to achieve. The more mud you throw the more we wonder what you are so afraid of, the more we are drawn closer to Chamisa train. Rather concentrate of your charm offensive & stay away from casting negative light on only one opposition. In 2008 you went all out for broke & the result is that Zanupf still lost the elections & were saved by the gun. Its a failed strategy.

  • Major Musango

    I would be happy to see the same coverage on ZANU PF protesters. After all who knows if those guys are truly MDC supporters?

    Go hang Chronicle and your masters ….PUPPETS!

    • milton

      l support you 100%. this is the work of zanupf

    • George Ndlovu

      You stupid know Politics….

  • Wellington

    This is not for the people but for personal glory ukuthi nje bangene ezikhundleni bakapule

  • Elijah Chihota

    when ZANU PF was experiencing challenges during it’s primary elections, the MDC-T was laughing it’s lungs out, but now we are witnessing a worse scenario from the proponents of democracy. Izvi zvinonyadza imbwa kunzwa kuti mbudzi yaba nyama the MDC-T should do better than this.

  • Ronny

    What i am about to say is really true. I am not an MDC supporter myself but I attended a meeting last Thursday..( wont disclose more detail for they will track me down). The army and galf of CIO loyal to ED were there.
    Er agreed to infiltrate the MDC in whatever way possible.
    You will see many protests as from next week and all of them stagged. We have ordered and printed MDC Tshirts and deployed people all over, especially their strongholds.

    No one politician in the world is perfect, but what i can assurr you is that a vote for Chamisa is the only way to go.
    a vote for ED is a vote for Chiwenga.
    if you remember in 2008, Chiwengwa was the person who refused to accept the election results and called for violent turture of Tswangirai supporters.
    He is the one who installed ED in Nov 2017.
    He is ruthless and ED is scared of this guy.
    Vote for whoever you want not ED.

    ED was even threatened with death if he doesnt follow Chiwengwas orders.

    I know everything and everyone here knows.
    dont be fooled.

    • angifunu bumbulu

      tell me more bhuddas

  • Bhazuka rebel

    You people are liars… stop badmouthing other people, we all know who is the worst. What are you saying about missing individuals, Gukurahundi, more and more people who have been killed for opposing you?…. THIS IS NONSENSE!!! The ballot is coming we are tired of being treated like idiots while we watch.