There an uproar in the MDC-T after Acting President, Thokozani Khuphe demanded nominations for the extraordinary congress should be done from the floor.
This has been seen as an attempt to discourage delegates from her home ground of Matabeleland from supporting front runner, Douglas Mwonzora. Khuphe, who is seen as a heavy punisher, is said to have warned those who cross her path that they will suffer the consequences if they nominate Mwonzora.
Mzonzora is currently leading after secretly securing nominations from at least 10 of the 15 MDC-T Provinces, that include diaspora provinces.
Mwonora has already arrived in Bulawayo, where is meeting delegates ahead of the provincial nominations on Dunday.
Mwonzora will be trying hard to prevent Khupe from getting nominations from Bulawayo and Matabeleland South. If he gets these two nominations, Mwonzora will likely be elected MDC-T President unopposed.
However, the entry of a new candidate, Abednigo Bhebhe, has complicated matters as he is seen as a Chamisa backed candidate who has been put in place to scuttle Mwonzora and Khupe’s chances.
Chamisa backers in the party are expected to try to outvote both Khuphe and Mwonzora by voting for Bhebhe, who has been pushing for unity talks with Chamisa.
If Mwonzora is pushed out by Bhebhe, the party will be led by two Matabeleland leaders, a position that may not be possible given the tribally charged nature of Zimbabwean politics.