Former Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, who was considered a rank outsider after only being nominated by one province, yesterday beat party favourite Nelson Chamisa to clinch the secretary-general’s post. Once the second most powerful post within the party, the powers of the secretary-general were watered down at the congress and are now vested with the party leader. Mwonzora polled 2 464 votes against Chamisa’s 1 756. Chamisa has now been reduced to an ordinary member. His previous post of organising secretary was taken over by Abednico Bhebhe. There was wide speculation before the polls that Chamisa wanted to use the secretary-general’s post to rise to the top and was planning to contest the Presidential elections in 201 when he qualifies. Mwonzora is the third lawyer to become the MDC-T’s secretary general. Chamisa too qualified as a lawyer this year.