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MDC-T Selects Top Candidates Ahead of Elective Congress

  • Gibbs Dube

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to be re-elected at party congress next month.

Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to be re-elected at party congress next month.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai continues its nomination process ahead of the party’s elective congress next month with Masvingo expected Saturday to choose its candidates.

Party organizing secretary Nelson Chamisa says the process has so far run smoothly in Chitungwiza and Harare provinces where MDC-T members decided to retain the top leadership.

The top four nominated by the two provinces are Tsvangirai, and his deputy, Thokozani Khuphe; chairman Lovemore Moyo, and his deputy, Morgen Komichi.

The provinces also nominated Chamisa to the post of secretary general with Paurina Mpariwa-Gwanyanya as his deputy. Douglas Mwonzora, who was nominated to the same post in an earlier disputed party process, was this time retained to his current position of national MDC-T spokesman with Thabitha Khumalo as his deputy.

Amos Chibaya was nominated for the post of organising secretary with current deputy organizing secretary, Abednico Bhebhe, as his deputy.

Chamisa says the nomination process will end within the few weeks.

At least 8,000 delegates are expected to attend the party’s elective congress at the National Sports Center in Harare.

Meanwhile, in the same province, displaced Chingwizi flood victims say police are still terrorizing them even if they were recently relocated to a state-owned piece of land.

The 20,000 villagers, who were affected by floods early this year near Tokwe Mukosi Dam and are now settled at Nuanetsi Ranch, say children are finding it difficult to deal with the situation.

One of the villagers, Milton Shumba, says this should stop as some children are now afraid of going to school alone.

He is among the villagers who stayed at the makeshift Chingwizi camp, where they had running battles with the police before being relocated to Nuanetsi Ranch.