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Mwonzora Set To Be Leader Of Opposition In Parliament

MDC-T's Douglas Mwonzora on the leadership battle for Zimbabwe's opposition party

MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora is reportedly set to assume the role of Leader of Opposition in Parliament and is expected to make changes to the structures controlled by the MDC Alliance in the August House.

The Herald reported sources saying Mwonzora will assume the new role once Parliament resumes sitting next month.

He is also expected to appoint a new Chief Whip to replace Paurina Mpariwa, who has been promoted to become secretary-general of the MDC-T.

Mwonzora told The Herald that he will have discussions with his two vice presidents, Thokozani Khupe and Elias Mudzuri and National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda and will announce changes if there is a need for that. He said:

We do not intend to make unnecessary changes that humiliate other people but we will try to have a Parliament party caucus that is strong, effective and efficient.

When Parliament opens, I intend to take my two Vice Presidents Madam Khupe and Eng Mudzuri to have a discussion with Speaker of the National Assembly Adv Mudenda, who is Head of Parliament and will then make the necessary announcements should the need arise.

I will also be liaising with our Secretary of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Anele Ndebele, other leaders, Chief Whip and deputy presidents, and we will then make the necessary announcements should that need arise.

Before MDC-T held its Supreme Court-ordered extraordinary congress in December last year, which catapulted Mwonzora to the party’s helm, Khupe was the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

Source | Chronicle