No one is perfect, Chamisa included, but one of the things he should be applauded for was his public statement, repeated a few occasions, that every member had the constitutional right of being nominated for any position in the party as long as they met the constitutional requirements. These statements he made when Vice-President Mudzuri and Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora had indicated that should they be nominated to contest for any position at the coming Congress, including the Presidency, they would accept the nomination.
Mwonzora especially took a battering from angry party members who thought a contest between Mwonzora and Chamisa would see Chamisa lose. Personally, I don’t think Chamisa was going to lose, but other people are not confident enough and do not want to leave things to chance. Chamisa, in my opinion, is obviously the darling in Zimbabwe’s political circles at the moment and cannot lose to anyone in a poll, but allowing anyone who got nominated to contest would have proved beyond any reasonable doubt MDC’s democratic credentials. I believe the party leadership will cultivate the democratic principles to every level of the party in the time leading to the next elections, and I do not doubt Advocate Chamisa’s capacity to lead the team to achieve that.
Another positive aspect of the debates has been that participants have been able to ask the contestants questions, and in Bulawayo, Douglas Mwonzora clarify certain baseless allegations that have been used against him in the Congress process. I am confident that in the next five years the party will perfect the process to ensure that the voters can make informed choices.
Knowing the value in each of those contesting, Advocate Chamisa has repeatedly said all who do not get the top votes will be redeployed to various positions within the party.
I have had my reservations, but all my fears about Advocate Nelson Chamisa, who I see as good wine that has matured with age, have all be satisfactorily resolved. Not that I have at any one point not wanted him to lead after the demise of icon Tsvangirai, but I am more confident with his leadership than when he took over.
Chamisa for President any time between now and 2023