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MDC: Chamisa Still in Charge of Party Headquarters

FILE: Zimbabwe top opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, center, arrives to deliver his speech at the party headquarters in Harare, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa has dismissed reports that some of its members have seized the Movement for Democratic Change’s headquarters in Harare.

MDC chairperson, Thabitha Khumalo, dismissed as “cheap propaganda” reports in the state-controlled Herald newspaper that MDC member, Douglas Mwonzora and his friends, are now in control of the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House.

“… That is nonsense, there is nothing like that. The Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House still belongs to president Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance. It’s business as usual. The enemy is being defeated and getting desperate everyday. Let’s remain strong.”

Mwonzora allegedly told the Herald newspaper that he is now in control of the MDC headquarters following a Supreme Court order that declared Chamisa an illegitimate leader of the MDC.

He was not responding to calls on his mobile phone.

The MDC Alliance claims that the Supreme Court ruling is being backed by the ruling Zanu PF party as Chamisa has refused to recognize President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election in 2018. The court ordered the MDC to conduct fresh internal elections based on old party structures.

Mwonzora allegedly backs the Thokozani Khupe group, which claims that she was supposed to be the president of the MDC-T after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018.

Chamisa claims that he beat Mnangagwa in the 2018 presidential election. The Electoral Court ruled that Mnangagwa won the poll.

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