Chamisa now Boss of MDC-T foreign structures
Harare(ZimEye)-The MDC-T party has officially announced new changes to their external structures as it emerged that there will no longer be provincial authorities as before and these have been renamed and their authority clipped to that of mere coordinating committees under the sole control of the new organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, as it was also confirmed that national chairman Lovemore Moyo is no longer boss over the structures.
Our reporter Jack Jiri carried an exclusive interview with Douglas Mwonzora who however denied UK reports that Lovemore Moyo had been demoted.
The development has been welcomed as it became official that the 33 year old Chamisa will now be Boss over the party’s external structures in foreign countries, after numerous reports of corruption, vote rigging, money laundering and scandalous appointments in the past 4 years under former boss Lovemore Moyo’s leadership.
Below is the full report:
The MorganTsvangirai led MDC party has given its National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa the task of dealing with their external assemblies dismissing rumours circulating in the United Kingdom that the party has dissolved its international structure.
“The UK structures were not dissolved, what happened was that there was (a) renaming of the structures. Instead of a province in the UK you now have a co-ordinating committee and the branches remaining intact. We also restructured the reporting system of all external structures, instead of them to report to the National Chairman as they used to do before they are now reporting to the National Organising Secretary. Nelson Chamisa the party’s National Organising Secretary will advise this when he is through with his external structures reporting system blue print in a few weeks time.
“Firstly there was no power that was stripped off any top leader. Previous provinces which are now coordinating committees may be run by the same people. The restructuring process was done in order to strengthen them. What must come clear and need to be understood is that these external structures are not permanent and they cannot be there forever and we hope that one day Zimbabwe is going to be free and we will not be having those external structures,” MDC-T national spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told ZimEye in an exclusive interview.
Mwonzora said it was not true that National Chairman Lovemore Moyo was stripped of his powers but was given other responsibilities which go with his senior position.
“Regarding National Chairman Lovemore Moyo, its true that he is no longer dealing with external structures. The Standing committee felt that he was now a very senior member of the party, third in the top hierarchy and cannot be drawn into squabbles that were characterising these external structures. He now has other responsibilities of being the highest disciplinary board member in the standing committee,” he said.
In the United Kingdom some members welcomed the development while those in previous influential positions withdrew from interviews. Many former provincial leaders avoided calls while some expressed their disappointment over the changes. Speaking to ZimEye however one Regis Manyanya, Nottingham Zimbabwe community leader said the changes were necessary:
“MDC UK and Ireland needed a thorough cleaning and streamlining. It is a requirement as there was too much bureaucracy…In UK vulnerable people have been used and dumped; Accountability starts with a staff that is manageable, not the current system that is open to abuse,’ he said commenting that there existed gross duplication of duties.
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Former UK-Midlands North Chairman Munetsi Jangwa also expressed disappointment on why the UK province did not nominate Finance minister Tendai Biti for re-election as Secretary General at the recent national congress:
“We were very disappointed with the nominations that they made; I think the major was on the nominations for the secretary general. Getting rid of Tendai Biti is a suicidal issue. We all know that he is the best performing minister, and so it does not make sense at all. Those nominations do not represent what the membership want. As an external structure it has damaged us greatly.”
Meanwhile Samanyanga dismissed the comments as Jangwa’s personal opinion and not that of the party as a whole.
However Regis Manyanya on the other hand blasted the default chairman Samanyanga who assumed office after a controversial election under Lovemore Moyo:
“(Tonderai) Samanyanya used excessive funds and travelled to Harare through the blessings of the district chairmen who did not consult the branch chairs”, he said.
Nelson Chamisa used to be the MDC-T party’s spokesperson. Born born February 28, 1978, Chamisa is the youngest technocrat in the MDC top heirarchy(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)