Mwonzora hints at contesting Chamisa

Mwonzora hints at contesting Chamisa
Published: 14 March 2019 (214 Views)
MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has dismissed claims that he is settling for the deputy presidency at the party's forthcoming congress in May, the latest hint that he is preparing to challenge Nelson Chamisa for the leadership of the party.

The two have previously locked horns in 2014, with Mwonzora soundly beating Chamisa for the secretary-general position that year.

In an interview yesterday, Mwonzora said he would not be swayed from contesting any position, but maintained that he would, however, make the announcement at an appropriate time.

"What is being circulated is false," he said.

"When the right time comes, the people shall know which post I am contesting at congress. There are so many stories being manufactured by people. I am very clear that the MDC is a democratic party, where people chose their leaders."

Mwonzora said no position would be ring-fenced, including the presidency.

The MDC secretary-general claimed some unknown persons placed suspicious liquid, believed to be juju, in his parliamentary pigeon hole on Tuesday, stroking fears of witchcraft ahead of the party's elective congress in May.

Mwonzora said he reported the matter to security at Parliament, but was unfazed by the incident.

"I went to Parliament and I then decided to check my mail at the pigeon hole and there were two police officers in that room," Mwonzora said.

"As I approached my pigeon hole, I discovered that there was a plastic bottle with a strange-looking liquid and it was half full. I asked the police officers about it and they didn't know who had put it there.

"I then alerted the Parliament security, but I don't know what they did with it. I didn't touch it."

Mwonzora said he does not feel threatened.

"Whoever put it there either intended to threaten me with these superstitions, but it is strange that some people will find time to put that into my pigeon hole. I don't know what the liquid is," he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda were not successful as his mobile went unanswered, while those in the security department said they are not authorised to speak to the Press.

However, MDC deputy president Elias Mudzuri and leader of the opposition in Senate said such acts were unfortunate and must be condemned.

"I haven't heard anything concerning that, but if he saw something suspicious, I hope he will get assistance to remove that. I hope there is no witch-hunting at Parliament. As parliamentarians, we are honourable members and we must not start looking for witchcraft. It is not proper, why should it happen?" he said.

"If it happened, then it is unfortunate that we are stooping so low and we are fighting over useless things. We must be honourable members and that requires certain behaviour.

"This incident is unfortunate and if someone is doing that, they are not serious. We will end up concentrating on suspicion and unknown fears. If there are people doing that, they must stop it. It is not good."

The party's organising secretary Amos Chibaya refused to comment on the matter.

- newsday

Tags: Mwonzora, Chamisa, MDC,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Chivayo to start work on Gwanda solar project

by ZimLive | 23 March 2019 | 54 Views

Zimra official mauled by dogs at Chinese factory

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 41 Views

39 school kids feared dead

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 62 Views

BCC insists on forex for stands

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 42 Views

ED is not the only Mnangagwa: Jonasi

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 60 Views

Supa Mandiwanzira's passport return bid deferred

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 36 Views

Ivy Kombo back in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 34 Views

Even politicians will not divide us

by Editorial - Daily News | 23 March 2019 | 35 Views

Mnangagwa moves to checkmate his rivals

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 37 Views

Musona fit for crucial AFCON encounter

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 24 Views

NetOne moves in to restore communications services

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 37 Views

Mnangagwa returns from Angola

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 39 Views

Mwonzora checkmates Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 35 Views

When seers failed to see the Ides of March

by Bishop Lazi | 23 March 2019 | 49 Views

Zimbabwe's first black woman to get driver’s licence

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 33 Views

Zimbabwe begins regional power exports

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 33 Views

Cop steals car at police station

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 34 Views

Government starts fuel bonuses

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 35 Views

Zimbabwe marriage age of consent raised

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 21 Views

Mnangagwa is a listening President: Jenni Williams

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 20 Views

Cattle rustlers wreak havoc in Mat South

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 20 Views

Zesa to hike electricity tariffs in line with interbank rates

by newzimbabwe | 23 March 2019 | 142 Views

2 failed marriages, a broken past define Mukanya

by STaff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 200 Views

Spanking ban: Where to now?

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 117 Views

Search on for missing persons

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 147 Views

Beira-Harare fuel pipeline to reopen next month

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 113 Views

Hwende application dismissed

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 84 Views

Beitbridge modernisation to boost town's economy

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 98 Views

Govt dismisses cyclone rip-off

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 96 Views

Zanu-PF members urged to show loyalty to party

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 95 Views

Natpharm to fast-track drugs procurement

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 43 Views

Ex-Delta manager acquitted

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 84 Views

Harare resident sues council over parcelling of stands in wetlands

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 102 Views

Darikwa persuading Bonne

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 134 Views

Manager moans over US$50K adultery damages

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 86 Views

Cyclone Idiai deaths shoot to 259 in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 23 March 2019 | 102 Views