Mutare Endorses Tsvangirai As Presidential Candidate Ahead of Party Congress

Mutare, – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in Manicaland has unanimously endorsed the party's leader Morgan Tsvangirai as their presidential candidate for the upcoming party congress to be held in Bulawayo at the end of this month.\r\n

Pishai Muchauraya the Manicaland provincial spokesman said the executive in Manicaland gave Tsvangirai the green light to be at the helm of the party for another term.

“The decision was unanimous and we would want him to continue to guide the party for another term,” said Muchauraya.

Muchauraya said the newly elected provincial executive met on Sunday to appoint portfolio secretaries for the province.

The executive led by chairman Julius Magarangoma appointed the following people as Manicaland Province portfolio secretaries, Lynman Kudhlande (Defence and Security) Mununudzi Chitsa (Local Government) Eusebia Chikonyora (Education) John Mavhima (Lands and Agriculture) Samuel Muzerengwa (National Interaction, Healing and Reconciliation) Thomas Garusa (Transport and Logistics) Teddy Chipere (Mines and Environment) Moses Zvinoira (Finance) Birgett Kidd (Police and Research) Passmore Nyakureba (Legal Justice and parliamentary affairs) John Chiremba (Labour and social Security) and Agness Mutarisi (Gender) MDC-T Manicaland also managed to finish up elections for the Youth Assembly and Women’s Assembly which were stopped last week by the police because the time they had been allocated had lapsed.

Senator Keresenzia Chabuka was elected as the chairperson of the women’s assembly unopposed. In the youth wing Dennis Simango was elected as the Manicaland youth chairperson.

Muchauraya said Manicaland province had now a full executive and they are going to be in office until 2016.

“The executive we now have will run the affairs of the party in Manicaland for the next five years,” said Muchauraya.

Meanwhile in the Midlands North Provincial elections which were abandoned last weekend in Kwekwe’s Zisco Club due to violence were concluded this Sunday in Gweru.

The recently incarcerated Zhombe Mp, Costain Muguti landed the influential position of provincial chairperson ahead of Mbizo Member of parliament Settlement Chikwinya whom some party insiders accused of fanning violence that saw one of the supporters being struck by an iron bar at the first attempted provincial  congress. The man had tried running away with a ballot box. The Midlands North elections had to be brought to Gweru in Midlands South in an attempt to minimise violence.

Others members that made it into the provincial executive are John Kennedy who won the treasurer post, Felex Zifunzi secretary, Lawyer Tapera Sengweni who landed the hotly contested provincial youth chairperson. The organising secretary post went to Moses Mashizha, Abraham Muchena grabbed the Information and publicity post while the provincial chairlady position went to Traner Ruzvidzo.

Seiso Moyo who was head of the presiding team described the elections as free and fair. Over a thousand people voted and party supporters said having the elections out of the province helped in concluding the elections.

"The move to change the venue of elections to Gweru was a good decision as we avoided disturbances from those that had a tendency of bringing non-voting members that contributed to violence,” said Thomas Dumba. The supporters said they hoped the national congress pencilled on 28 to 30 April will be violence free.

MDC-T has been rocked by intra-party violence and annalyst have warned that if the party fails to combat  violence then the party would be no different from Zanu (PF).