HARARE – Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed his party will not bow down to the rival MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe warning that they would henceforth take to a radical response to the onslaught against them by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
Khupe’s party recently declared they would use the name MDC Alliance in by-elections to replace MPs and councillors who belong to Chamisa whom her party, MDC-T, recalled on the strength of a court order.
Speaking in public for the first time in months after the destabilisation of his party allegedly by collaboration between Khupe’s party and the ruling Zanu PF, Chamisa said he would not give up on his party name.
The by-elections which were set to be held by December 5 have since been shelved after Health minister Vice President Constantino Chiwenga gazetted a statutory instrument to stop the polls citing health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have given dialogue a chance, but some perceive our call for dialogue as a weakness. We have given democracy a chance, but some feel an election which is stolen means that we will capitulate and we are surrendering to the electoral fraud,” Chamisa said while addressing a virtual rally to celebrate the MDC’s 21st anniversary last week.