Chamisa names new spokesper­son

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Correspondent

MDC-T pres­i­dent Mr Nel­son Chamisa has ap­pointed Dr Nku­l­uleko Sibanda as his spokesper­son, re­plac­ing Mr Luke Tam­borinyoka who has been ditched after in­di­cat­ing his in­ten­tion to con­test the Goromonzi West seat in the forth­com­ing Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

In a state­ment, Mr Chamisa also made eight other ap­point­ments with Mr Jame­son Timba com­ing in as his pres­i­den­tial Chief Elec­tions Agent and Zec li­ai­son of­fi­cer.

He ap­pointed Ms Grace Kwin­jeh as the party’s representative to Brussels and Euro­pean Union, Mr Dri­den Ku­naka as the party’s envoy to Aus­tralia while Ms Yvonne Mahlunge was ap­pointed to rep­re­sent the party in the United Kingdom.

Mr Chamisa ap­pointed Mr El­liot Pfebve as the party’s Busi­ness Trade At­taché to Europe, Ire­land and the United Kingdom.

He ap­pointed Mr Mathula Lusinga to be MDC-T envoy to the African Union (AU), East Africa and Cen­tral Africa while Mr Austin Moyo will rep­re­sent the party in South Africa.

MDC-T Chief of Staff Mr Se­sel Zvidzai said Mr Chamisa made the ap­point­ments as the party pre­pares for the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

Zim­babwe will hold its har­monised elec­tions on July 30.

“In our prepa­ra­tion to gov­ern we have made those ap­point­ments. The pres­i­dent has the plea­sure of mak­ing those ap­point­ments for pur­poses of mak­ing sure that his party per­forms well mov­ing for­ward,” said Mr Zvidzai.

“We have made the ap­point­ments to make sure that there is good li­ai­son be­tween the party and Zec. And for that we ap­pointed Mr Timba. We ap­pointed Dr Sibanda to be­come our pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son be­cause our erst­while (Tam­borinyoka) spokesper­son is now run­ning for a Par­lia­men­tary seat.”

Mr Chamisa has, how­ever, opted not to ap­point former deputy pres­i­dent Dr Thokozani Khupe’s re­place­ment.

Mean­while, the MDC-T is al­leged to be shut­ting out some of its coalition part­ners from con­test­ing coun­cil elec­tions.

MDC Al­liance part­ners have raised con­cerns that the MDC-T is field­ing can­di­dates in ar­eas where they were sup­posed to field theirs.

“The MDC-T is breach­ing ne­go­ti­a­tion agree­ments. It is now bull­doz­ing and ap­point­ing its mem­bers to be coun­cil­lors in ar­eas that were pre­vi­ously re­served for al­liance part­ners,” said one of the coalition part­ners.

Mr Zvidzai, how­ever, re­ports.

“We have got a healthy re­la­tion­ship with our al­liance part­ners. It’s all canons go­ing. We are looking and mak­ing sure that the lo­cal govern­ment arena is taken by the MDC Al­liance,” he said.

Mr Tendai Biti led Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party mem­bers have raised con­cerns after the MDC-T held pri­mary elec­tions in ar­eas re­served for them. — @nqot­shili dis­missed the

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