Mudzuri bounces back into MDC-T national executive

Elias Mudzuri, the former MDC-T national organising secretary, has bounced back into the party national executive and is likely to be appointed the new secretary for elections.\r\n

A long-standing member of the MDC-T, Mudzuri lost his position as organizing secretary to Nelson Chamisa, but has returned, thanks to heavy lobbying from his supporters in the party.

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Following a meeting of the national council in Harare on Thursday, the MDC-T announced new members of the national executive, who include Jameson Timba and Luta Shaba.

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Timba, a political scientist graduate and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, is tipped to become the next secretary for International Relations. Shaba is a lawyer, policy analyst and respected women’s rights campaigner. It is believed she might be appointed secretary for women and gender.

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Also back in the limelight is Abednico Bhebhe, the newly elected vice-Chairman of the Matebeleland North province. Bhebhe was expelled by the MDC led by Welshman Ncube for backing Lovemore Moyo’s initial election as Speaker of Parliament. He was the MP for Nkayi but when he was booted out from the then MDC-M, he also lost his parliamentary seat.

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Some of those brought back in to the new look national council lost elections at the recently held congress in Bulawayo. The 39 member executive now includes Lucia Matibenga, who lost her bid to unseat national party chairman Lovemore Moyo and Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro, who challenged Secretary-General Tendai Biti and lost by a wide margin.

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SW Radio Africa is reliably informed there was opposition from other senior party members about some of these appointments. But party leader Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly remained resolute that bringing some of the long standing members back into the executive would keep the party united.

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Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa that even though some of the members lost elections at the Bulawayo congress, they were still nominated by their respective provinces to sit in the national executive.

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‘I will give you an example of Dr Henry Madzorera. He has been nominated by his Midlands North province and since he’s the only medical practitioner in the top bodies of the MDC-T, he will certainly be appointed the Secretary for Health.

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National executive members are:

– Morgan Tsvangirai
– Thokozani Khupe
– Lovemore Moyo
– Morgen Komichi
– Tendai Biti
– Tapiwa Mashakada
– Nelson Chamisa
– Abednico Bhebhe
– Roy Bennett
– Elton Mangoma
– Douglas Mwonzora
– Theresa Makone
– Solomon Madzore
– Emma Muzondiwa
– Evelyn Masaiti
– Jessie Majome
– Editor Matamisa
– Agnes Mloyi
– Last Maengahama
– Sitembile Mlotshwa
– Settlement Chikwinya
– Seiso Moyo
– Giles Mutsekwa
– Jameson Timba
– Gubbuza Joel Gabuza
– Lucia Matibenga
– Thabita Khumalo
– Kerry Kay
– Paurina Mpariwa
– Concilia Chinanzvavana
– Luta Shaba
– Spiwe Ncube
– Henry Madzorera
– Eddie Cross
– Sesel Zvidzai
– Thamsanqa Mahlangu
– Eliphas Mukonoweshuro
– Elias Mudzuri
– Amos Chibaya

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