It has since emerged that the MDC-T to which aspiring candidate and business mogul Daniel Mabonga belongs, commands huge support in the area. Fears are now that if Ncube’s MDC is allowed to field a candidate in pursuance of the initially agreed formula for the allocation of seats in the province among the alliance partners, the constituency will be retained by Zanu (PF). Currently the seat is vacant as the MP who occupied it, Tapiwa Matangaidze, was recalled by his party.
Francisco Masendeke, the MDC Alliance Midlands South provincial leader, confirmed the tricky situation.
“MDC-T’s member Daniel Mabonga commands huge support in the area than the one seconded by Professor Ncube’s MDC. Mabonga has been working in the constituency since 2013 and at the ward meetings he has been holding, over 400 to 500 people have been attending. That is because he has been assisting the community in several ways. The problem now is that the seat was allocated to Prof Ncube’s MDC but seems they are very weak in the area as they were yet to place their party structures there,” said Masendeke.
He added that the best way forward would be to swap the seat and re-allocate Prof Ncube’s party elsewhere.
“Its a tricky situation but I think if the alliance is to win in Shurugwi South, MDC-T must be given the chance. There is consensus on the lower ranks of the alliance that we must allow a person who has the most support to help us win against Zanu PF but the decision will have to come from the national level platforms,” he said.
Addressing journalists in Gweru a couple of weeks ago on the sidelines of the MDC Alliance rally at Mkoba stadium, Prof Ncube said it is possible for seats to be swapped among partners on the scale of which party has the biggest following in a particular area.