Nelson 'COBRA' Chamisa Takes Over MDC-T Party Presidency

Zimbabwean opposition leader and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party against former president Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF government for decades and the two formed a power-sharing government in 2008 that lasted to 2013.

Tsvangirai, who was the prime minister in Zimbabwe's inclusive government from 2009-2013, recently met President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the first time since he launched the MDC that the ruling party has treated him with some courtesy.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said, "President Morgan Tsvangirai has with effect from today, 7 February 2018, affirmed Vice President Hon".

The MDC-T leader has not been actively involved in politics ever since he was diagnosed with cancer and has been in and out of hospital since June past year. "VP Chamisa also continues in his assigned duties as the acting chairperson of the MDC Alliance".

In the event that the worst is to happen to Mr Tsvangirai, Mr Chamisa as acting president, starts his campaign on an advantage ahead of the other two.

There are reports that Mr Chamisa's position has also been strengthened by the support he enjoys from MDC Alliance partners like Professor Welshman Ncube and Mr Tendai Biti.

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Prof Ncube, insiders claim, in the event of his return to MDC-T, is likely to deputise Mr Chamisa if his bid to take over from Mr Tsvangirai succeeds, a development that will see Dr Khupe being thrown out in the cold.

"What is most disturbing is news filtering through that attempts are being made to bring back the discredited former President Robert Mugabe through the backdoor being pioneered through this process".

The MDC leader is receiving treatment for colon cancer at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.

MDC's Gutu said there were no divisions within the party and accused the ruling-Zanu PF of spreading the rumours.

His poor health has plunged the MDC and its allies into disarray amid infighting over who would lead the party as Zimbabwe heads for elections later this year.

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