Makone retains her position as women's chairperson

MDC-T iron lady Theresa Makone has retained her women’s assembly post as chairperson after trouncing bitter rival Editor Matamisa while Solomon Madzore is the new youth leader.\r\n

The two were elected at the women’s and youth conferences held Thursday in Bulawayo, according to MDC-T national chairman Lovemore Moyo.

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 Moyo announced the results at Barboufields Stadium Friday during the elective congress attended by over 5 000 delegates.

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Madzore is the brother of MDC’s long serving Glen View legislator Paul Madzore—beat his rival Amos Chibaya who instantly accepted defeat. 

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Matamisa who has accused Makone of sponsoring violence against her supporters also accepted the results.

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 “The voting process was peaceful and transparent and I can safely say the women and youth assemblies have a new leadership,” said Moyo.

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 Investigations also showed that the elections were peaceful although they were preceded by character assassination, rumour mongering and corruption allegations.

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 The MDC-T delegates will Saturday vote for the party’s top 12 officials which form the Standing Committee led by uncontested leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Party treasurer Roy Bennett is also uncontested.

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 Lovemore Moyo, who will lock horns with political firebrand Lucia Matibenga, told the congress delegates that those who lose the elections should accept defeat and avoid nasty violent scenes.

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 He also took time to speak about his dethronement from the Speaker of Parliament post, saying Zanu –PF was plotting to reverse a template of the will of Zimbabweans.

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 Moyo said the MDC-T had trust in Tsvangirai who is confident that he will overthrow the geriatric President Robert Mugabe from his 31-year rule in possible election the Prime Minister says are likely next year.

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 “We are the strongest movement in Zimbabwe and we have the support of the people. We will surely win elections whenever they are held. We are the next government,” said Moyo amid a thunderous applause from delegates.

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 Other tightly contested posts are the organizing secretary with sources saying incumbent Elias Mudzuri was likely to lose the post to Tsvangirai’s ally Nelson Chamisa.

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 Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe is tipped to win her post although she will face stiff contest from MDC-T deputy spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo and veteran politician Norma Mabhena.

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 Sources insisted that the only casualty from the standing committee was likely to be Mudzuri who has fallen out of favour with Tsvangirai after he showed interests in the president’s position.

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 The atmosphere at the MDC-T congress has become calm after threats by Tsvangirai that his national executive would fire those behind violence.

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 However, the top officials were still seen with campaign posters on their vehicles while their supporters distributed fliers during the congress. This is despite a warning by Tsvangirai that campaigning was likely to influence the outcome.

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