Mwonzora endorsed as MDC-T presidential candidate for 2023 elections

The MDC-T has unanimously nominated Douglas Mwonzora as their presidential candidate for next year’s national elections ahead of their ordinary congress.

The party will hold its fifth ordinary congress in December 2022, at a location and date yet to be determined.

Witness Dube, the party’s spokesperson, confirmed Mwonzora’s election in a statement on the party’s fifth Ordinary Congress nominations from the MDC National Council held on 20 November 2022 at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (MRT) House in Harare.

 “The MDC National Council meeting held on November 20, 2022 at the MRT unanimously nominated Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora to be the sole presidential candidate at our fifth ordinary congress,” he said.

“By this unanimous nomination, Mwonzora is now our duly elected presidential candidate for the 2023 harmonised election.”

Mwonzora’s unanimous nomination, according to Dube, demonstrated his “visionary leadership, determination, hard work, and focus on positioning the party as a choice political home and alternative government for the people of Zimbabwe.”

The spokesperson also stated that Chief Ndlovu was unopposed for the position of MDC-T first vice president.

However, three candidates will compete for the position of second vice president -Paurina Mpariwa, Engineer Elais Mudzuri, and Nomalanga Khumalo.

“Sibusisiwe Budha Masara, Tangwara Matimba, Solomon Chikowero, Morgen Komichi and Ekim Moyo are prospective nominees for the position of National Chairperson,” Dube said.

“Gift Chimanikire, Dorothy Gonyethi Ndlovu, and Winfred Yvonne Musarurwa are prospective nominees for the position of Deputy National Chairperson.”

According to the party spokesperson, prospective nominees must receive at least one-third of the national council vote to be reinstated for election at the fifth Ordinary Congress. “Notwithstanding other proposed constitutional changes, the congress will fill in the position of President, First Vice president, Second Vice President, National Chairperson and Deputy National Chairperson in line with the 2014 congress, which resolved to have all the other executive positions being subject to appointment by the president after consultations within the party,” Dube explained.

“Our fifth Ordinary Congress will be convened this December 2022 on a venue and a date yet to be advised through our presidential proclamation. Full details on the resolution of the National Council will be released at a press conference to be held on November 22, at the MRT house.”

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