Movement for the Democratic Change T Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora yesterday issued a scathing rebuke to utterances by MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa, earlier in the week. Speaking at the memorial service of the late Alliance Kuwadzana MP Miriam Mushayi, Chamisa stated that Sen Mwonzora was power hungry and a sellout. However, Sen Mwonzora responded by stating that Adv Chamisa was using funerals as battle grounds to attack perceived enemies, inimical of Robert Mugabe. Below is a full statement issued by Sen Mwonzora:
12 September 2020
I learnt with dismay the unprovoked utterances against my person attributed to Advocate Chamisa at the recent funeral service of the late Hon Miriam Mushayi.
The unfortunate diatribe against my person, characterised by the unsavoury name calling was not only unfortunate but regrettable given that this was coming from a man calling himself the people’s president.
The level of intolerance displayed by the president of the Alliance Party is not only shocking but totally repugnant of modern dictates of common decency in leadership. It is an affront to the progressive democratic tenets of modern politics.
That Advocate Chamisa chooses a funeral platform to spew such hate, was not only abusive of the grieving family but testimony of a man hurting from inside and in need of help.
This behaviour, inimical of the late Robert Mugabe is not helpful to a society desperate for a new breeze of politics, free from hate and intolerance.
Zimbabwe yearn for a new political culture where rational disputation thrive and people can respectfully disagree without animosity against one another.
The bitterness displayed by Advocate Chamisa does not promote the new society we envisage. It can only perpetuate acrimony and violence which has characterised our toxic political landscape since independence in 1980.
This politics is not only retrogressive but archaich and uproductive. We must as political leaders free the new generation of Zimbabwe from this kind of politics.
Zimbabwe deserve a better leadership which focusses on issues than personalities.
It is my wish to advance a developmental political agenda which will extricate our people from poverty and hunger. Together as Zimbabwe we can achieve this in our lifetime. I call on my brother Nelson Chamisa to emulate this new political trajectory and make a difference to many a young man out there who look up to him for real change.
As the Secretary General of the MDC- T, i am focussed on completing the democratic agenda, particularly at this time when we are celebrating our 21st anniversary in the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe.
As we aptly celebrate our 21 years of democracratic struggle under the theme “Celebrating our Struggle, Unlocking the Future” let us not be distructed by petty political grudges but focus on delivering the people of Zimbabwe from poverty, hunger and unemployment.
Douglas Togaraseyi Mwonzora
The MDC-T Secretary General