MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has publicly endorsed Nelson Chamisa after initially expressing reservations over the latter’s assumption of power in the opposition party.
Addressing an MDC Alliance rally Sunday at Kondo Business Centre in his home area of Nyanga North, Mwonzora told party supporters rally behind Chamisa.
“Our leader Morgan Tsvangirai encouraged us to unite and Chamisa was chosen as our leader,” he said.
“It’s not about the size of his body, we have to accept that he is our leader.
“Even if your father-in-law has a small body size you still have to respect him because he sired your wife.”
The death of founding MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai this February led to bitter rows in the opposition party over his succession.
Chamisa prevailed with the defiant former deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe and her allies forced out of the party.
Meanwhile, Mwonzora said Nyanga suffered during the liberation struggle as the area provided a safe passage for nationalists crossing into Mozambique.
“Local people suffered during the liberations struggle,” he said.
“This area was used as a safe passage to Mozambique by nationalists such as Rex Nhongo, Robert Mugabe and Edgar Tekere during war of liberation.
He assured supporters that the ruling Zanu PF party would not be allowed to rig the forthcoming elections.
“We went to Geneva last week to discuss about the forthcoming elections. This time around your vote will not be stolen we want to ensure you. We want to plug all the loopholes.
“We discussed a lot on how the country can conduct credible elections and come up with some reforms.
“We agreed that traditional leaders and members of the security sector should not be involved in the running of elections.
“We also want the opposition to be involved in the printing of ballot papers.”