WASHINGTON DC —
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says it has provisionally elected councillor Martin Moyo as Bulawayo mayor and his counterpart Ernest Rafa Moyo as his deputy as its first choice in case the High Court does not rule in the party’s favor to elect mayors outside the local authority.
Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the MDC-T nominated National University of Science and Technology (NUST) lecturer Mandla Nyathi as new mayor for Bulawayo two weeks ago and councillor Moyo as his deputy “as our party’s Plan A”.
Mwonzora said the MDC-T’s secretary for local government Blessing Chebundo conducted the elections Thursday evening in Bulawayo.
However, the MDC-T provincial leadership in Bulawayo says it was not informed about the recent developments.
Following the government’s threats to bar the MDC-T from submitting mayoral candidates who were not elected in local government elections on July 31, the party filed an urgent High Court application against the decision, which was dismissed Wednesday.
Mwonzora said if the party wins the court case, “Plan A” will be recognized.
MDC-T chairman for Bulawayo Gorden Moyo refused to directly address the latest development, saying the province and the party is only aware of the so-called “Plan A”.