Fierce jockeying for party posts

BULAWAYO – Opposing camps have emerged in the anti-Senate Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction, with fierce jockeying for party posts ahead of the March 18th Congress.

ARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt”>Party president, Morgan Tsvangirai, and Roy Bennett are said to lead the two opposing camps. According to sources, Makokoba Member of Parliament Thokozani Khuphe. who all along has been the front-runner for the post of vice president (VP), has lost ground to Matobo MP Lovemore Moyo. Khuphe was quoted saying she is interested in the VP post once held by trade unionist Gibson Sibanda, now in the other faction led by secretary general Professor Welshman Ncube.

Sources said: “MP Khuphe is a victim of political machinations…despite the fact that she is Tsvangirai’s favourite candidate for the vice presidency.” But Tsvangirai’s spokesman, William Bango dismissed suggestions that the MDC leader had groomed Khuphe saying, “he can’t take such a gamble because he has to campaign for himself and not other candidates.”

Khuphe was unreachable on her mobile before going to press while Moyo would not disclose his interests for the post, saying only: “I have not yet been approached…”

Professor Eliphas Mukonoweshuro and legislators Tapiwa Mashakada and Tendai Biti, from Tsvangirai and Bennett’s camp respectively, are locked in competition for the post of secretary general, while executive council member Getrude Mthombeni is eyeing the position of deputy secretary general.

Spokesperson for the anti-Senate group, Kuwadzana MP Nelson Chamisa, said there was nothing amiss about the jockeying for posts. “Nominations will soon be open to members of the party for positions of their interest.” All the contestants confirmed they would take up the challenge if elected into office, with Mashakada saying, “…I am prepared to serve the party in any capacity in whatever position.” – CAJ News

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