Fresh Headache for MDC Alliance
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MDC Alliance is on a knife-edge, as major partner, MDC-T is demanding that its partners step up and show that they deserve constituencies they were allocated in the alliance agreement.
Sources in the MDC-T said there was a general outcry in the party, as it appears that other members of the alliance were failing to step up and bring supporters to the table.
“the MDC-T is worried that other parties in the alliance are mere briefcase parties looking to use the brand
MDC-T and Morgan Tsvangirai to get jobs for themselves and this is not acceptable, we are now demanding that they step up or lose some of the seats allocated to them,” the source said.
MDC- T vice-president, Elias Mudzuri expressed his disquiet in a post on Twitter, becoming the highest
profile figure to publicly demand that partners step up.
“While our MDC Alliance rallies are important, the election-winning formula lies in constituency and ward-based campaign strategies.
“Our alliance partners also need to be more visible on the ground to address communities and stakeholders, where they are strong,” he wrote.
In an effort to address the niggling problem, MDC Alliance leaders have agreed to split and address
rallies separately, while they also up their mobilisation tempo.
“It is clear that all rallies so far held by the alliance, it has been a sea of red, we have the support, but our partners are not being fair, they are not bringing what they promised to the table, we have tried now to allow them to also address rallies without having to go where [MDC-T leader, Nelson] Chamisa goes,” another source said.