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I had always admired Douglas Mwonzora

24 May 2020 at 08:42hrs | Views
I had always admired Douglas Mwonzora, who I thought was being ill-treated by his colleagues in the MDC Alliance before the Supreme Court ruling.

Sometimes when you are not in physical contact with these political players and get your information from the media, you cannot trust everything you read, and you still think your favourite between protagonists is the one on the right side.

I had firmly stood with Mwonzora when he was being mocked by Morgen Komichi during the run-up to the MDC alliance congress in 2019. Not because I would have voted for him for the presidency, I hadn't made up my mind who was my choice as I wanted to hear what the candidates had to offer, but all I respected was his intention to contest if he got nominated, that is the democracy that is needed.

Of late, Mwonzora has been linked to a few stories that have proved to be false, including suggestions that some MdC alliance parliamentarians who are in the faction of the MdC-T 2014 structures that is opposed to the holding of an extraordinary congress have now joined the pro-congress faction.

What could be Mwonzora's latest lie is when he dismissed the meeting held by members of the MDC-T 2014 who met at Harvest House last Thursday, saying the meeting was attended by people who were not part of the 2014 structures, singling out Mirriam Mushayi as one such. I wondered to myself why these MdC-T officials who met at Harvest House were up to.

I was still wondering what had gone wrong with this group when I bumped into Mushayi and asked her why she had gone to a meeting that she was not supposed to attend. Mushayi told me she had also seen the media stories, which she thought could be a strategy to bully female politicians.

But why is Senator Mwonzora doing this? Is he deliberately trying to lie, or is he just getting things mixed up in his head? Whichever way, can he still be trusted? I hope Mwonzora will be honourable enough to do the right thing and issue an apology for the story, which has been published on various websites.

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