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'Cattle herder', denies fighting Chamisa

by Staff reporter
16 May 2019 at 07:19hrs | Views
MDC member Elias Mashavira of Gokwe, the man behind a recent High Court ruling that invalidated Nelson Chamisa's presidency, says he was not against Chamisa being MDC leader but the dangerous precedence set by his chaotic ascendancy to the top MDC job.

According to, Mashavira dismissed allegations he was being managed by Zanu-PF to pursue a court action that could possibly destroy the MDC party.

Mashavira said he was just a mere "cattle herder" and an opposition stickler for the MDC constitution who was worried about the precedence Chamisa had set that one could just emerge and grab power outside the MDC governing charter.

Mashavira rejected any plans to block Chamisa from becoming party leader.

He also denied that his action was being sponsored by Chamisa rivals within the party.

The recent judgement by High Court judge Edith Mushore further revoked late founding MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai's 2016 appointment of Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as deputy presidents.

The ruling also ordered the MDC to return to its 2014 structures and conduct an extra-ordinary congress within the next one month to elect a party leadership as dictated by the constitution.

However, this is far not a favourable option for Chamisa followers who fear a return to the 2014 structures as dictated by the court will shift power to Mwonzora, famed for defeating Chamisa to the post of secretary general at the time.

Source - newzimbabwe