Is Chamisa a dic­ta­tor in the mak­ing?

Lit­tle by lit­tle, Nel­son Chamisa is ex­hibit­ing traits of a dic­ta­tor. He is im­pos­ing con­di­tions on the MDC-T party and its mem­bers, mak­ing uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions and go­ing back on his word, one too many times.

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IF THIS is left to con­tinue, Chamisa will soon turn the MDC-T into his own chase board where he will be call­ing the shots with­out coun­sel from other MDC-T lead­ers. He has re­neged on all the win­dow dress­ing promises he made to the party’s Na­tional Coun­cil. De­spite his promises to up­hold the late Morgan Ts­van­gi­rai’s party prin­ci­ples, his true colours are slowly emerg­ing.

MDC-T Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are up in arms against Chamisa for caus­ing dishar­mony in the party by go­ing against his ini­tial word that he will give a blank cheque to the sit­ting MDC-T Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MP).

Chamisa has sent out a cir­cu­lar to both as­pir­ing and sit­ting MPs ad­vis­ing them of the new cri­te­ria for one to be con­sid­ered for the pri­mary elec­tions.

Sit­ting MPs are re­quired to sub­mit de­tailed copies of their Cur­ricu­lum Vi­tae (CV) and a non-re­fund­able fee of US$1000, whilst non-Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are re­quired to sub­mit their CV and US$100.

The MPs are flab­ber­gasted by Chamisa’s ac­tions with most of them claim­ing to ex­pose his dou­ble stan­dards.

The MPs are an­gry that Chamisa is back­track­ing on his ini­tial prom­ise which he gave while try­ing to gun­ner sup­port to grab power from Thokozani Khupe.

The is­sue is that Chamisa is try­ing to pave way for his friends from the Al­liance in MDC-T strongholds and the US$1000 is a pro­hib­i­tive amount meant to elim­i­nate some MPs if they fail to pay.

Word has it that he is aware of some MPs that will not be able to af­ford the amount and as such, will be elim­i­nated from the pool of can­di­dates, hence cre­at­ing con­stituen­cies for his ‘friends’.

How­ever, MDC-T Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Chair­per­son, James Gumbi has de­clared that he will choose can­di­dates of his choice and Chamisa will not be able to stop him.

Gumbi claims that he is re­spon­si­ble for in­flu­enc­ing Ts­van­gi­rai to ap­point Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to vice pres­i­dency.

He cred­its him­self be­cause of the part he played and has de­clared Chamisa pow­er­less against his de­ci­sions.

One won­ders what skele­tons Gumbi has dis­cov­ered in Chamisa’s cup­board.

It should also be noted that Chamisa has back­tracked on ev­ery prom­ise he has made, a poor at­tribute for a leader.

This makes him a li­a­bil­ity to the party and to the peo­ple. It would ap­pear Chamisa has be­come a dic­ta­tor in the mak­ing and that is a very scary and fright­en­ing thought in­deed.

Imag­ine a leader that changes his prin­ci­ples overnight, such a leader is bound to change the Con­sti­tu­tion to en­sure that he stays in power for more than the stip­u­lated two terms. If the MDC-T/ Al­liance is not care­ful, soon they will be star­ing straight in the face of a dic­ta­tor.

Nel­son Chamisa

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