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Chamisa for president!

The saga in the Movement for Democratic Change has taken another twist. Organising secretary Nelson Chamisa has been accused of nursing ambitions not only to lead the party but also to contest for president in 2018 when he turns 40. The MDC holds its party congress in 2016 and party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been urging all those calling for him to step down to wait until then. Others argue that even if there is a change of leadership then, there will not be enough time for the new leader to campaign for the 2018 elections. Tsvangirai is currently at loggerheads with secretary-general Tendai Biti and deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma who was suspended last Friday. Youth Assembly secretary general Promise Mkwananzi today said Tsvangirai should be wary of Chamisa’s motives and machinations. “He appears intent on hiding behind the president to redeem himself from being judged by the people on the role he played in the July 2013 election outcome, including the manner in which he handled primary elections and the imposition of dubious and unknown characters as party candidates. In addition, Chamisa seems comfortable to keep the party at abeyance, purge potential competitors and pave the way for his eventual take-over as president when he reaches the forty year threshold.”

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