By Staff Reporter
UNWELL MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has appointed his youngest deputy, Nelson Chamisa as acting party President as he continues to receive medical attention outside.
This was announced by MDC-T presidential spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka in a statement on Wednesday.
“President Morgan Tsvangirai has with effect from today, 7 February 2018, affirmed Vice President Hon. Nelson Chamisa as the acting President of the party by operation of the Constitution until the President’s return,” he said.
“This is in light of the President’s absence and that of the two other vice Presidents who are both in South Africa.
“VP Chamisa also continues in his assigned duties as the acting chairperson of the MDC Alliance.”
Chamisa takes over from co-Vice President Elias Mudzuri who has been acting party President in the past few weeks.
Since Tsvangirai became public about being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, there has been a fierce contest for party control among party hawks who now see his possible exit.
Tsvangirai, who denies reports of being critically ill, did not help matters either when he said in his new year statement that he was considering relinquishing his job to the “younger generation”.
This was interpreted to mean he preferred Chamisa, who at 40, is the youngest of his three deputies.
Co-VP Thokozani Khuphe has withdrawn from party processes in protest over what she finds to be an attempt by Tsvangirai to ordain his co-VPs as possible successors.
Mudzuri has also clashed with Chamisa with the most noticeable being the misunderstanding the two had at an MDC Alliance rally in Chitungwiza weekend.
Former party allies in ex-Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s PDP have rallied support behind Chamisa as possible successor to Tsvangirai.