THE MDC-T leadership is finalising who will represent the party in the Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency despite Giles Mutsekwa being presented as the official candidate in Marondera on Sunday at the official launch of the part’s manifesto.
The party failed to hold a primary election in the constituency resulting in Mutsekwa and lawyer Arnold Tsunga both filing nomination papers under the MDC-T banner.
The decision is aimed at bringing closure to a matter that is threatening to split the party amid accusations that Mutsekwa and Tsunga are mere proxies in the factional fight threatening to tear the MDC-T apart ahead of crucial elections.
The MDC-T is divided into two camps pitting party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and secretary-general Tendai Biti. Mutsekwa is aligned to Tsvangirai while Tsunga reportedly backs Biti.
Senior party official said: “Mutsekwa is going to be the candidate due to his leanings to Tsvangirai’s faction. That’s why he had the guts to stand up yesterday before the matter was finalised.”
Party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed that the leadership was seized with the matter and a decision would be reached before today.
“The Dangamvura/Chikanga issue will be resolved by the president and party leadership today and an announcement to that effect will be made,” Mwonzora said.
Seven disgruntled former party MPs and aspiring candidates filed as independents in the polls set for July 31 after losing primary elections.