Fresh details have emerged about an MDC Alliance plot to force its three vice-presidents – Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti and Lynette Kore – to resign ahead of the 2023 elections.
Yesterday’s Standing Committee emergency meeting advanced the plot as part of a broader plan by party leader Nelson Chamisa to form a new political vehicle with which to take on President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chamisa’s plan involves creating a coalition with Build Zimbabwe, APA and the United Movement for Devolution ahead of 2023. Such an alliance would necessitate rewarding the three leaders of those outfits with VP posts, which are currently held by Ncube, Biti and Kore.
It has been established that Chamisa will be president of the alliance, and will be deputised by m Lovemore Moyo of the United Movement for Devolution, Dr Nkosana Moyo of APA, and Dr Noah Manyika of Build Zimbabwe.
Welshman Ncube will become the spokesperson, Biti th treasurer-general and Kore the national chairperson. It has also been established that the entire MDC Alliance national executive will be disbanded as per the coalition agreement.
There are still discussions on what name the new vehicle will use seeing as Douglas Mwonzora appears to have a stranglehold on the name MDC Alliance.
The plan could be a reaction to a push by some opposition figures to have Dr Nkosana Moyo take over from Chamisa ahead of the elections. Dr Moyo has been scathing in his criticisms of Chamisa’s political immaturity, and his backers believe he is a better bet against President Mnangagwa come 2023.