Factions bedevil MDC in Mash West
THE MDC led by Nelson Chamisa in Mashonaland West province has been consumed by factional fights amid revelations that some officials in Chegutu West are contemplating joining the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
The officials include former Chegutu West district chairperson Gift Konjana and his former district executive members who are currently suspended from the MDC, who have since refused to submit themselves under the leadership of provincial chairperson Ralph Magunje.
Magunje told the Daily News that Konjana and his team that also includes several councillors were working with Khupe ahead of a ward 2 by-election set for March.
“We have a cabal in the province that is refusing to move on after our congress last year and are contemplating joining the MDC-T so they are trying to cause confusion by pretending to be with us when we know that their hearts are elsewhere. Konjana is currently moving around with an MDC-T candidate campaigning for him for the ward 2 by-election in March while at the same time he wants us to work with him, it doesn’t happen,” Magunje said.
The by-election that is scheduled for March fell vacant following the death of MDC councillor Memory Banda last year.
Konjana confirmed that he and his colleagues are disgruntled after they were barred from contesting for positions at the MDC congress held in Gweru and also that he was contemplating jumping ship.
“We have not been given justice in the MDC but we know we were elected as Chegutu West district in 2014 as MDC-T so we are going to be going with that structure that was elected. We do not recognises the structure that came in 2019 hence we are reverting back to being MDC-T and we are looking for the leadership of that Tsvangirai party so that we follow that,” Konjana said.
Khupe and Chamisa are locked in a wrangle over the MDC leadership which has since spilled into the courts and awaiting judgment.
This is despite the fact that when Chamisa took over leadership of the MDC after the death of its founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, albeit in controversial circumstances, Khupe appeared to have moved on and formed her own MDC T outfit whose congress was held last year.
Pressed to say if he was not joining Khupe’s MDC-T, Konjana who contested on an MDC Alliance ticket and lost to Dexter Nduna’s Zanu PF for Chegutu West constituency was noncommittal saying the matter was subjudice since it is before the courts.
Konjana, who is also accused of doing all this including allegedly influencing Chegutu councillors and the former mayor Muchabaya to defy MDC directives with the blessings of party deputy secretary for international relations Douglas Mwonzora, said he was his own man.
“The last time I spoke to Mwonzora is when he came here for the burial of Memory Banda who was ward 2 councillor. I am an independent man who does not take instructions from anyone,” he said.
Ahead of the MDC congress last year, Mwonzora had intended to challenge Chamisa for the position of president before pulling out of the race at the last minute with his rival getting all the nominations from provinces.