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Nomination court fractures MDC Alliance

Caroline Muzhingi & Kelvin Kasiwulaya

There was political drama at Gweru Magistrates court when the Chamisa led Movement for Democratic Change Alliance fielded two candidates for the same constituency.
Daniel Mabonga of the MDC-T and Osherd Mtunami of the MDC-N clashed at the nomination court over the Shurugwi South constituency leading the former to renounce the Alliance and file his papers as an independent candidate.

In an exclusive interview with THE SUN, Mabonga said he was endorsed by MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa.
“I was endorsed by president Chamisa at the Tongogara Business Centre rally, it vehemently shocked me to see Mtunami mushrooming to file his papers as a candidate for Shurugwi South constituency under the MDC alliance banner,” he said
Mabonga also claimed that Mutunami does not have a following exceeding ten electorates hence he was not the chosen one.

“Mtunami is an unwanted candidate in Shurugwi South, he just mushroomed from South Africa, the people do not even know him, he cannot attract more than ten people to his rallies, for this reason and for the love of my constituency I was forced to withdraw and filed my nomination papers as an independent candidate in protest to the political chaos,” Mabonga said
However, Osherd Mtunami accused Mabonga of trying to politically sabotage the agreement by the MDC Alliance.
“The MDC Alliance leadership had a solid agreement that MDC Ncube would contest for the MP seat in Shurugwi South but to my surprise when I organized rallies Mabonga would also organize counter rallies to undermine my political efforts”, said Mtunami.
Mtunami accused Mabonga of unscrupulous political misdeeds which include vote buying and character assassination.
“Mabonga also engaged in vote buying as he would also buy beer and meat for people at his rallies and spread lies about me. He was doing the pull them down syndrome. Instead of rallying behind me to fight the real enemy (ZANU PF) he is trying to pull me down,” said Mtunami
Confusion and disagreements continue to rock the opposition MDC Alliance as the nomination court sat countrywide, with principals reportedly failing to reach an consensus on candidate selection in some constituencies and wards.
Members of the dominant MDC-T party are allegedly refusing to accept alliance candidates and going ahead to contest constituencies and wards that had been reserved for the smaller parties

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