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Zimbabwe: Will the MDC Alliance led by Chamisa need to rebrand?

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Friday, 14 January 2022 17:08

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa gestures while addressing a rally of his Movement for Democratic Change party in Harare
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa gestures while addressing a rally of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Harare, Zimbabwe, July11, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Within Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance faction, the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora, has announced it will field its candidates under the banner of MDC Alliance, a name used by Chamisa’s party in the upcoming by-elections. In response, will Chamisa rebrand, boycott the polls or keep the MDC Alliance banner?

After suspending by-elections for more than a year citing measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has set 26 March as the new date for by-elections.

The nomination court to register candidates will sit on 26 January, leaving Chamisa with only less than two weeks to decide the stance he will take in terms of the party name.

‘Mwonzora, Mnangagwa’s puppet’

Deaths and recalls led to 133 seats in parliament and local authorities becoming vacant.

Mwonzora has been working with Mnangagwa to destabilise the MDC Alliance.