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Chamisa Defeat Forces MDC-T to Consider Revising Election Processes

  • Chris Gande

FILE: Zimbabwe opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a news conference in Harare Sept. 18, 2013.

FILE: Zimbabwe opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a news conference in Harare Sept. 18, 2013.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai says it is likely to look into its nomination process for office bearers following the surprising fall of rising party star Nelson Chamisa in the just-ended elective congress.

Re-elected chairman, Lovemore Moyo, says the outcome of the contest between eventual winner of the powerful post of secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, and Chamisa has resulted in a lot of talk within the party about the grassroots nomination process.

Moyo says some party processes at grassroots level may be changed in the wake of Chamisa’s loss after he was nominated by more provinces than Mwonzora but lost the election by more than 708 votes in a secret ballot.

Mwonzora got 2,464 votes against Chamisa's 1,756 votes. Chamisa, who was the MDC-T organizing secretary, has already indicated that he will stay in the party despite the loss, saying he is a loyal party cadre.

“I believe in the MDC, I am a child of the MDC. I am a child of the revolution; I am a revolutionary. Revolutionaries don’t jump ship,” Chamisa told Studio 7 in his first post-Congress interview.

His defeat stunned many who considered the race a homerun for the ambitious and eloquent lawmaker after he crushed Mwonzora in the nomination process.

Chamisa’s after-defeat silence sparked conjecture as to his next political move, with some suggesting that he would challenge the outcome in court, a claim he vehemently rejected.

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