MDC-T national council to decide on Dangamvura-Chikanga candidate

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THE MDC-T national council will this week decide who will represent the party in the House of Assembly elections for the Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency between Housing and Social Amenities minister Giles Mutsekwa and human rights lawyer Arnold Tsunga after they both filed papers at the Nomination Court in Mutare last Friday.

Clayton Masekesa

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told the Zimbabwe Independent both aspiring candidates promised to withdraw from the race after a decision to be made at the council meeting set for today.

Mutsekwa and Tsunga were supposed to square off in primary elections, but they were postponed twice as the pair alleged intimidation and violence against their supporters.

Both Mutsekwa and Tsunga have complained against the internal process of the MDC-T’s electoral college.

“Yes, we have allowed them to file their nomination papers under one party because the primary elections for the constituency were postponed twice,” said Mwonzora.

“The MDC leadership will soon have a meeting and come up with a way forward. The MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai will do a special selection of the candidate to represent the constituency and we hope that we will come up with the candidate before election time.”

Mwonzora said Mutsekwa and Tsunga had written sworn affidavits stating that they would abide by the party’s decision.

“The party leadership will have a consensus and one of them will have to step down. These people are important in the MDC-T and the one who would have been told to step down will have a place in the future government,” explained Mwonzora.

The handpicked candidate will clash with Zanu PF’s Mike Duru in general elections slated for July 31.

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