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MDC to meet over Senate

Loughty Dube

THE opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says it is not in a hurry to decide on whether to field candidates for the Senate to be established before the end of the year under controver

sial constitutional changes.

The party’s national executive is expected to meet today to decide on whether to take part in the Senate elections or to boycott them.

MDC spokesman, Paul Themba Nyathi, said the Senate “was not a big issue at the moment as the country had serious problems to contend with”.

“Zimbabwe currently has serious problems to contend with. There are food shortages and the crippling fuel situation to deal with,” he said. “The issue of the Senate is not important hence our resistance to the constitutional amendments in the first place,” Nyathi said.

He said the decision on whether to participate hinged on recommendations that would be made by the party’s management committee to the national executive.

The MDC has been sharply divided on the issue of participating in the Senate with one group advocating a total boycott, while another favours participation because of assured victories in strongholds such as Harare, Bulawayo and other urban areas.

Nyathi dismissed allegations that there was jostling in the party for the Senate seats, since a decision had not yet been made.

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