MDC-A VP Mudzuri gets support from home area

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MDC A vice president Elias Mudzuri

MASVINGO—The embattled MDC Alliance vice president Elias Mudzuri, whose political life hangs by the thread as his internal opponents are going for a killer punch, has found refuge in his home area of Zaka where the party structures are said to be rallying behind him.

MDC Alliance provincial structures are predominantly dominated by people from Zaka including the provincial chairperson James Gumbi.

Inside sources said that there are secret meetings being held at night to propel Mudzuri to challenge MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa at the October congress.

The source identified some members within the MDC Alliance provincial structures who are already consolidating Mudzuri’s strength on the ground.

“Last Sunday there was a meeting which was convened by Mudzuri’s personal assistant Silas Man’ono and it was attended by many people across the province who believe Mudzuri should be accorded a chance to contest Chamisa at the congress as it is within his constitutional rights.

“These meetings are being done on regular basis at night and they are done by bitter people who think Chamisa is persecuting Mudzuri along factional grounds.

“Other members who attended the meeting were Mushonga of Zaka Central, Ndekere of Chivi South, Damba of Chivi North, Dumbu of ZakaWest, Tichaona Chiminya, John Nyika and David Charirwe of Masvingo Urban who is being propped to be the faction’s provincial chairperson,” said the source.

Provincial chairperson Gumbi is said to be a double edged sword who, by day, supports Chamisa and at night campaigns for Mudzuri.

Gumbi denied any knowledge of the meetings which are pro Mudzuri saying they support all the party leadership and will be guided by the party in all their activities.

“I do not know why people are saying bad things about vice president Mudzuri. He is our leader and is in good books with president Chamisa.

“We support that leadership and any meetings taking place are meant to unite the party and not tear it apart,” said Gumbi.

Other sources told the Mail and Telegraph that Mudzuri is working hand in glove with secretary general Douglas Mwonzora to put up a stronger team to challenge the Chamisa faction whom they accuse of throwing away the party’s constitution for thuggery tactics.

“Mwonzora is a firm believer of constitutionalism and it has made him so unpopular within the internal struggles. He however holds the power because his office controls the lower structures.

“As the secretary general, Mwonzora was supposed to write dismissal letters to all the members who stood as independent candidates during the July 30 polls but he has deliberately ignored that call.

“Mwonzora and Mudzuri are protecting those people and are going to rely on their support at the congress,” said the source who requested anonymity.

Since Mudzuri showed up at the state house on senate business followed by heckling by other parliamentarians and ultimately by party supporters, he has so far boycotted three national executive meetings chaired by Chamisa citing security concerns with Chamisa under intense pressure to fire him.