Harare – MDC Leader Nelson Chamisa has rebuked his overzealous party youths against intimidating those who want to challenge his at the party May congress saying such a behaviour was intolerable.
Addressing journalists after a standing committee meeting at Morgan Tsvangirai House formerly Harvest House on Wednesday, Chamisa said the culture of intimidating other party leaders who would be vying for senior posts must end.
“We must understand that as we go to congress, tensions are likely to run high, it’s gone be choppy, tough and exciting. Leaders’ are encouraged to exercise patience, we must not exchange blows in an undemocratic manner. We have also said as leadership, we are not going to accept, those declarations typical of Zanu PF. We are not Zanu PF, we don’t have declarations, we have nominations and they would be announced,” Chamisa said.
On Monday the youth league from Harare province issued a warning against anyone who tried to challenge Chamisa at the congress and this was seen as targeting Douglas Mwonzora, the party’s Secretary General.
“We appreciate individual opinions, we appreciate that assembles having their own opinion, but we don’t want those opinions to be the basis of intimidating others who can be weakened. We want to make sure that democracy is there for all of us,” he said.
“The MDC is not capable of splitting, yes leaders will always join and unjoin but it doesn’t mean that the party will split. Yes it will exfoliate, spilling out the outer layer for renewable purposes because the people can’t split. It is a people’s project,” said Chamisa.