THE intriguing race to fill the vacant Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) secretary-general post took a radical turn this week with one of the top contenders, Douglas Mwonzora, making a sensational U-turn saying he was pulling out of the race. Recently, Mwonzora was putting on a brave face and saying he was going on to contest.
He chickens out of the race with the congress only a few weeks from now after failing to garner nominations from 10 out of 12 local party provinces. He was trailing his fierce rival, the current organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, who has swept through all the provinces. His exit leaves his opponent well poised to land the position considering that the only other contender, acting secretary general, Tapiwa Mashakada, has fared worse than Mwonzora.
For one to contest for any national leadership position at congress, they should be able to get nomination from at least one of the party’s 15 political provinces. The MDC-T has 12 local and three outside provinces namely the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa, all of which should submit their preferred national leaders during the on-going provincial congresses.