Chamisa chides MDC Byo leaders over by-election disaster

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Bulawayo Correspondent

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa Monday met the party’s Bulawayo provincial leadership which he scolded for allowing Zanu PF to snatch the Cowdray Park council seat from the main opposition during a recent by-election.

The Alliance fielded two candidates, Collet Ndhlovu and Nomagugu Mloyi due to factional fights bedevilling the party in the province.

The two polled a combined 1,450 votes while Zanu PF’s Kidwell Mujuru outpolled his competitors, garnering 1 899 votes.

Party sources who attended Chamisa’s meeting with the provincial leadership told that the MDC leader also did not hide his disappointment with the party’s state of affairs in one of its stronghold provinces.

“Chamisa was breathing fire over the outcome of the Cowdray by-election. He blamed the provincial leadership led by Gift Banda for fielding two candidates. Chamisa also spoke strongly against violence,” said the source.

Party MP for Mpopoma-Pelandaba, Charles Moyo on Saturday appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate facing assault charges.

Moyo, who is also former Bulawayo ward 9 councillor, is accused of assaulting the party’s deputy chairperson in charge of gender issues, Tsitsi Mutereki during an MDC meeting at the party’s provincial offices in the city.

MDC Alliance deputy spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu confirmed that Chamisa met the provincial leadership over a wide range of issues affecting the province.

“Yes, we met our president on Monday. He condemned indiscipline among some of our members. He also condemned violence in the party,” said Ndlovu.

On the Cowdray Park by-election, Ndlovu said Chamisa stressed that the party was supposed to have fielded one candidate as opposed to two.

“On Cowdray Park, the president was very clear that the loss could have been avoided if the party had fielded one candidate. He was also clear that indiscipline contributed to our loss,” said Ndlovu.

Chamisa was accompanied by several senior party leaders who included deputy president Welshman Ncube, organising secretary Amos Chibaya, secretary general Douglas Mwonzora and spokesperson Jacob Mafume.

Meanwhile, MDC Alliance will hold its Bulawayo provincial congress on Saturday.

Makokoba legislator James Sithole and Nketa /Emganwini MP Phelela Masuku will lock horns in the provincial chairmanship race.

Provincial chair Gift Banda is reportedly eyeing the treasurer-general‘s post during the party’s congress set for next month in Gweru.