No Major Shocks At MDC-T Elections

HARARE,- There were no huge surprises at the much publicised MDC-T congress elections in Bulawayo at the weekend except for the now common confusion and chaos at all gatherings associated with the party.\r\n

The only headline outcome was the loss by Elias Mudzuri to Nelson Chamisa in the duel for the post of National Organising Secretary.

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With this Mudzuri becomes an ordinary member of the party while Chamisa puts himself closer to power.Other highlights were the re-election of Lovemore Moyo as the party’s chairperson after defeating Lucia Matibenga.

The same applied to Tendai Biti who survived the challenge by Eliphas Mukonoweshuro in returning the post of Secretary General.

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Douglas Mwonzora becomes a new member of the MDC-T national executive after beating Tongai Matutu to the post of national Information Secretary.

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Theresa makone returned her position as the Chairperson of the Women’s Assembly while Solomon Madzore takes over from Thamsanqa Mahlangu as the Youth Assembly Chairperson.

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The other members of the standing committee are Emma Muzondiwa, Evelyn Masaiti, Jessie Majome, Sithembile Mlotshwa, Editor Matamisa, Agnes Mhloyi, Last Maengahama, Settlement Chikwinya, Giles Mutsekwa, Jameson Timba, Seiso Moyo, Joel Gabuza.

The congress will be remembered for the violence that rocked elections to elect provincial executives.Supporters of different factions were at each other’s throats in open scenes.

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The violence was also extended to journalists who were also attacked when they attempted to film the events. Tsvangirai now faces the unenviable task of re-uniting a divided party and build a formidable movement ahead of any future.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday urged his supporters to prepare for an election he hoped regional leaders would monitor to ensure a credible result to help end the troubled coalition government.

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“Our brothers in SADC have been supportive of our endeavor toward democratizing Zimbabwe,” he said.

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“We hope SADC (Southern African Development Community) and the AU will continue to support our efforts to reject attempts to manipulate the will of the people and remain resolute in their approach in dealing with the Zimbabwe issue.”

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Tsvangirai’s comments came at the end of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) congress in Bulawayo, southwest of the capital, Harare.

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The prime minister said he was confident he would win the next election to end the power-sharing deal he entered with President Robert Mugabe, adding that his main task would be to revive Zimbabwe’s economy.

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Mugabe wants the elections held this year, but Tsvangirai has demanded reforms first.

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Last week, the prime minister said elections would be held in 12 months.

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Tsvangirai and Mugabe formed a power-sharing government in 2009 after postelection violence following Mugabe’s victory claim.

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The fragile coalition government has been marred by disagreements between the former political foes, with Tsvangirai claiming that Mugabe is reluctant to make Zimbabwe a democracy.