Senator Douglas Mwonzora, Secretary-General of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has urged party members to accept the Supreme Court ruling.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Mwonzora said the party must convene an Extra-ordinary Congress which will put the party’s leadership crisis to finality.
Mwonzora said Advocate Matinenga, a former legal advisor in the MDC, had advised Chamisa to hold an extraordinary cong in 2018 but he rejected the advise.
Mwonzora said poor advice given to Nelson Chamisa by advocate Thabani Mpofu has brought war within MDC party .
Mwonzora also said that it is wrong to say that there is a party called the MDC Alliance since the MDC Alliance is an amalgamation of 7 parties merely for 2018 elections.
He added that the congresses that were held by Nelson Chamisa’s MDC faction and Khupe’s MDC faction were just congresses of factions in the same party and they have been nullified by the Supreme Court.
Mwonzora also said that the constitutions of political parties are not there for decoration, they have to be upheld.
The MDC Alliance is a group of 7 political parties constituted in terms of the Alliance Agreement. It is not a party. One of the parties in the Alliance is the main MDC formerly led by MT. This party is certainly affected by the ruling.
“The alliance agreement makes it clear that the parties in it retain their individual identity. It makes it clear that the Alliance falls away if none of the parties in it form a government. The Alliance fell away.”
Mwonzora explained that according to the Alliance agreement all parties maintained their individual entity and in parliament, they are supposed to have different Chief whips.
“The congress in Gweru was not an MDC Alliance congress but an MDC congress. Check the heading of the resolutions of the 2019 congress on the internet. Preceding the congress Ncube dissolved his MDC and joined the main MDC. Biti has not yet dissolved his PDP.
“It is misleading to Nelson Chamisa for Biti to give that irresponsible interpretation of the judgment. The Alliance agreement is there and it speaks for itself. Clause 188.8.131.52 even says Alliance partners will have their own chief whips in Parliament!”
Mwonzora like Komchi denounced being used by ZANU PF,
He said: “I do not suddenly become Zanu PF because I have decided to contest a position at Congress. If indeed my colleagues believed in their accusations they would have brought me before the Disciplinary committee long back. This is a simple mudslinging.”