Zimbabwe court to decide today if MDC is to hold congress or not


The High Court is to decide today if the Movement for Democratic Change will hold its congress set for 24-26 May or not.

This follows a challenge by MDC member Elias Mashavira of Gokwe who argues that party leader Nelson Chamisa could not call a party congress as he was an interim leader.

He argues that Chamisa must call an extraordinary congress to elect a new leader first and it is that leader who can call an ordinary congress.

Chamisa has already been nominated for party leader and is unopposed.

He brushed off the court challenge saying his party had “budgeted for machinations by merchants of darkens, by apostles of retrogression and retrogressive acerbic negative politics”.

“We have in-built resilience to deal with such chaos, such false kites that are thrown in order to shift us from the focus,’ he told Newsday last month.

“We are focusing on the ball, our task is to play the ball and not the man, and that’s the tragedy of certain politicians; they mark the man, instead of marking the ball and that somebody wants to go to court is their right, but we have a resolution in the party, that if you have grievances, if you are a party member, peruse and exhaust domestic remedies because we have them in abundance.”

A victory by Mashavira, whose argument is shared by another group called the Defending the Morgan Tsvangirai Legacy, would derail the congress which is just over two weeks away.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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