Chamisa Responds To Another Alliance Question
Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has hinted that another alliance is coming for the purpose of the 2023 elections.
Chamisa posted a picture of himself and former Finance Minister, Simba Makoni, on Twitter prompting some of his followers to quiz him on the meaning of the picture. He captioned it as follows:
“We must lead differently and leave a legacy”-Dr Simba Makoni. I had a great conversation on the future of our great country. I’m always humbled and grateful for the solid wisdom I get from esteemed and eminent Zimbabweans who are a gift to us all.
Some of his followers asked if Makoni was part of his Chamisa’s plan to dislodge the ruling ZANU PF from power. One of his followers, African Prince(Ticha) @MupfukudzwaT asked:
Is this another alliance?
Chamisa responded suggesting that he was planning something big with the founder of the Mavambo Kusile/Dawn party. He said:
The response was interpreted as confirmation that the former ICT Minister was planning to form another alliance with politicians and political parties.
In 2017, MDC-T then led by the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai joined six other parties to form the MDC Alliance that was premised on defeating president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
There are disputes between MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora and the Chamisa-led party over who are the principals of the MDC Alliance.
Mwonzora claims that he leads the 2017 alliance by virtue of being the leader of the MDC-T while Chamisa’s side is also claiming to be the real MDC that entered into the alliance.
Chamisa contested the 2018 presidential election on the MDC Alliance card but a 2020 Supreme Court ruling said he was not the legitimate leader of MDC which entered into the coalition.
The ruling created confusion as to who was the real leader of the opposition party.
Analysts believe that as the nation approaches the 2023 elections, clarity on the ownership of the name is important as that could be a source of confusion for the electorate. ZMT