MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora said that he couldn’t care less if his erstwhile colleague, MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa fields candidates in the upcoming elections as they are now rivals.
Addressing reporters in Harare on Wednesday, Mwonzora asserted that he was not “Chamisa’s keeper”, and was not bothered by people who condemned him for meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House recently.
Mwonzora made the comments just a day after he implored the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) asking it to block Chamisa and his party from using the MDC name and all its derivatives, saying the name belongs to his MDC-T party. Mwonzora said:
We are not Chamisa’s keeper, I am not Chamisa’s keeper. I do not take care of his political interests and he cannot expect that from a political opponent.
I am an opponent in this election of Mnangagwa, and I am an opponent of Chamisa. If he has filled in candidates or has not filled in candidates, then it is fairly fine.
I am a political opponent of whoever has filled in candidates. I don’t plan things for them, I don’t take care of their interests.
What is important is that we are the owners of the name (MDC Alliance) and those people who do not own the name can use other names.
Mwonzora reiterated that he would contest the upcoming 26 March by-elections and the 2023 general elections using the name MDC Alliance.
He said unlike his erstwhile colleagues who have become crybabies on social media platforms, he will not complain even when things are going against him. Said Mwonzora:
No political party has been refused the chance to establish alliances with parties that think alike, no one has been stopped from going to see Mnangagwa at State House.
It’s only that we, as the MDC-T, have taken the chance and we see value in the alliances. We see value in the smallest of political parties.
The period of being political cry-babies is over. We don’t cry even when things are going against us, but we see people crying all over social media.