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Biti backs Chamisa bid for MDC-T Presidency

By Staff Reporter

EX-Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s PDP has rallied support behind MDC-T Vice President Nelson Chamisa (pictured) who is currently involved in a tussle for party control with his two co-VPs.

MDC-T substantive President Morgan Tsvangirai is battling colon cancer and has been out of the country for weeks while receiving treatment for the ailment.

The former Prime Minister is under pressure to surrender his job after his ailment has seen him take a break from public life to concentrate of his recovery.

Reports say his condition was deteriorating but a tweet linked to the popular opposition leader Tuesday emphatically dismissed the reports.

With Tsvangirai’s exit from politics fast becoming inevitable, MDC-T co-VPs Thokozani Khuphe and Elias Mudzuri have, equally, staked a claim for the opposition’s most influential job, virtually throwing the party’s election preparations into disarray.

Meanwhile, Biti and his allies came out Wednesday to rally support behind Chamisa.

“The People’s Democratic Party was part of the decision to appoint Morgan Tsvangirai as a leader of the MDC Alliance a decision which we have no regrets making and we support him in these trying times< party secretary general Settlement Chikwinya said in a statement Wednesday.

“We categorically state that we support his decision to appoint Adv Nelson Chamisa to represent him as the Acting Leader of the Alliance even if it means acting up to the time of the nomination court and beyond unless advised otherwise by Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.”

Until he was appointed party acting President, Chamisa has been MDC-T VP in charge of the MDC Alliance.

On his part, Chamisa has endorsed Biti as MDC Alliance candidate for Harare East.

Biti and MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu have both expressed interest to contest the seat.

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