Sunday, April 28, 2019

No contest for Chamisa

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MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has clinched the Presidency of the party after being nominated uncontested by all the 13 Provinces of the MDC.

Chamisa thanked the structures of the party for official electing him to become the official second President of the United MDC after the death of founding President Morgan Richard Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer in February 2018.

"Change arrives and begins now. Thank you Machinja for an emphatic 13/13 nomination,vote and endorsement as the 2nd President of MDC the People's party after our Icon the late Dr MT," Chamisa said. "Help me pray for the grace and wisdom to lead Zimbabwe to happiness, prosperity and freedom."

In the earlier days of Provincial congresses there was high speculation that Chamisa would face fierce contestation from Party Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora.

Mwonzora, however, pulled out of the race citing massive rigging in favour of Chamisa.

On Saturday the MDC National Council announced that all nominees have been given up to Tuesday to accept nominations or to withdraw. Where more than two candidates accept the nomination, they are encouraged to discuss in the spirit of consensus building.

The Electoral Commission shall then produce ballots on every position where more than one candidate decide to contest. The positions to be contested include the President, Vice President, National Chairperson, Secretary General and Treasurer General.