MAVAMBO/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leader Simba Makoni, with five days to go to polls, remains confident of winning the Makoni Central seat with claims of support from MDC-T structures despite top provincial members openly protesting against his candidacy.
Some MDC-T provincial executive members have vowed to block Makoni as they argue that his candidacy was imposed from the top despite the party having democratically elected Patrick Sagandira as its candidate.
This development forced MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to hold a rally in Rusape at Vhengere Stadium endorsing Makoni as the party candidate in accordance with a coalition agreement he signed with the MKD leader and Reketayi Semwayo of Zanu Ndonga.
The coalition agreement saw MKD and Zanu Ndonga backing Tsvangirai as their presidential candidate.
Despite the consequent ructions in MDC-T, Makoni remains optimistic that he will win the seat and the coalition partners will keep their end of the bargain.
“The MDC-T national and constituency leadership is working with me and advising their followers that they should vote for me,” Makoni said. “At the moment, my campaigns are progressing well.”
MDC-T Makoni Central chairperson Albert Muzhingi confirmed that the constituency leadership was working with Makoni as instructed by the national leadership.
“We are campaigning for Makoni on the ground and everyone is clear about that after Tsvangirai came here and clarified the issue in the context of the coalition arrangement reached with the other parties last month,” Muzhingi said.
However, Manicaland provincial executive remains adamant that the national executive should not impose candidates. As a result, the provincial executive is supporting Sagandira in Makoni Central and Arnold Tsunga in Dangamvura/Chikanga against the national leadership directive.