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An implosion has hit MDC-T amid reports that the party leadership was imposing National Assembly and local authority candidates for the forthcoming harmonised election.
MDC-T members were yesterday up in arms over the so-called “consensus” approach adopted by their party in some constituencies, which saw candidates being imposed without holding primary elections.
The infighting has pushed the incumbent legislator for Harare West Ms Jessie Majome out of the race. She has opted to stand as an independent candidate for the same constituency.
Around midday yesterday, MDC-T party members staged a demonstration which later turned violent outside Harvest House in Harare. They were chanting slogans, raising placards and accusing some unnamed leaders of imposing their girlfriends as candidates.
A number of aspiring candidates were reportedly shut out, sparking an unrest within the party.
Sources, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation, said they were not happy with the way the party affairs were being managed. MDC-T’s national executive member Mr Amos Chibaya yesterday had a tough time trying to control the rowdy crowd that was demanding audience with the opposition party’s president, Mr Nelson Chamisa.
One of the demonstrators told The Herald that imposition of candidates was destroying the party.
“A friend of mine submitted his curriculum vitae to represent MDC-T in Ward 2, Epworth, but a woman has since been imposed.
“Three other aspiring candidates can no longer contest in that ward. Under the circumstances, we cannot vote for someone who was imposed on us when election time comes,” he said.
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