Douglas Mwonzora, the newly elected MDC-T leader, appears to have reached out to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
Mwonzora said at the first press conference of the MDC-T president at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House that Chamisa is not an enemy.
“The National Council will sit in January as an extension to the just-ended congress to discuss further issues and national dialog. Chamisa, Biti, Welshman or Mnangagwa are not my enemies, the real enemies are poverty and ignorance,” he said.
He also dismissed charges that he is working with Zanu-PF to decimate the opposition. Still, he said he was willing to work with the ruling party for the good of the nation.
“I don’t need to be on the payroll of Zanu-PF at all. This is what opponents who are trying to discredit you do. I have not become a member of Zanu-PF just because I have disagreed with you,” the MDC-T leader said.
Mwonzora also took the opportunity of his first press conference to sound warning shots to Zanu-PF promising to keep the ruling party on its toes and do all he can to unite a divided opposition.
Announcing the MDC-T as “the government in waiting,” Mwonzora said he will “work professionally with Zanu-PF” in proffering robust solutions to the myriad of problems facing Zimbabwe.
Mwonzora on Sunday polled 883 votes to Thokozani Khupe’s miserly 118 votes to become the opposition party’s president.
Morgen Komichi and Elias Mudzuri won nine and 14 votes in a poll marred by allegations of vote rigging and violence, with Khupe being slapped by a yet-to-be-identified MDC-T official. Mwonzora has condemned the violence, insisting a commission of enquiry will investigate the matter.
“We are the government in waiting. What we demand from them (Zanu-PF) is what we will ask them to demand from us when we become the government,” Mwonzora said.
He insisted that the direction that the party will take will dispel rumours of an unholy alliance between himself and the ruling party.
“Our relationship will be non-toxic. Our leadership will not insult anyone but it will be an effective opposition. We assure Zimbabweans that working together with Zanu-PF, we will not be working for Zanu-PF,” he said.
“Our leadership has enormous responsibility. First we have to unite the party. We want to rebuild this movement.”
He added that he is for national dialog.
“I have said (Nelson) Chamisa is not my enemy. Welshman Ncube is not my enemy. Tenda Biti is not my enemy. Managua is not my enemy. My enemy is poverty. My enemy is unemployment. My enemies are the deliberating issues,” he said.
Source – Online