Makumbe told a weekend Movement for Democratic Change aligned to the Morgan Tsvangirai faction that he wanted to grab Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga’s seat.
Makumbe had been invited to the podium by party national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa to give a solidarity speech to the MDC-T which was commemorating 12 years of its formation at Gwanzura stadium.
Makumbe said he had been cleared by Tsvangirai to run for the seat.
“I was serious. In fact I was invited by Matinenga himself to come and contest the seat. He is not going to stand in the next elections. And then I checked with Morgan Tsvangirai and Morgan said that’s fine,” Makumbe told Radio VOP on Monday during an exclusive interview.
However, subsequent attempts to confirm this with Tsvangirai were fruitless as the mobile number of his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka was not reachable.
Matinenga was also not reachable.
Asked if he had been an MDC-T card carrying member, Makumbe answered:“No. Up to now I don’t have a card yet. But I am confident of winning. It is my home area and people there have been asking me to stand.”
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora professed ignorance over Makumbe’s intentions but said it was possible in terms of the party’s constitution for a non card carrying member to contest for a parliamentary seat for as long as that person subjects him/herself to party primaries
“In terms of the MDC, you do not need to be a card carrying member of the party. A candidate is somebody that the party feels is a sellable character,” said Mwonzora.
If Makumbe succeeds in his plans, he will join former UZ lecturers Welshman Ncube, the late Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, Jonathan Moyo and Heneri Dzinotyiwei to enter the world of politics.