MDC-T candidate selection turns violent

MDC-T top party official sparked violence after reportedly attempting to impose their preferred candidates in certain areas at the consensus-building yesterday

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Originally by News Day

MDC-T top party official sparked violence after reportedly attempting to impose their preferred candidates in certain areas at the consensus-building yesterday.

MDC-T national chairman Morgen Komichi said they would soon investigate the violence and bring offenders to book.

“On violence, we are regretting that and we will definitely investigate if one of the candidates is involved, then we are going to mete justice on him or her,” he said.

“The reason for consensus is to allow people to interact and democratically negotiate to come up with one candidate. This is the only first stage of our candidate selection and if they fail to agree, then we are going to another process which is primary elections.”

It is reported that the disgruntled candidates in Glen View, Zengeza West, Mufakose and Glen Norah constituencies, among others, pulled out of the process and threatened to petition party leader Nelson Chamisa to stamp his authority and stop imposition of candidates by his lieutenants.

The late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s daughter, Vimbai Java, had to be escorted out of the venue by her sympathizers in Glen View South, as her rivals turned violent, accusing her of seeking to impose herself in the constituency since she did not take part in the primary elections.

Chaotic scenes were also confirmed in Zengeza West with the aspiring candidate Job Sikhala posting unsavory messages on his Facebook wall, accusing some unnamed party officials of plotting to push him out of the race.

“Leaders must never be afraid of the people. The roadmap to our internal processes was clearly enunciated by the secretary for elections as approved by the national council and executive. Consensus by candidates must be done in the open, with district assembly, not five people,” he said