Chamisa Gwanda Meeting Ends On A High Note
10 February 2020
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Worrying low number of people welcomed MDC leader Nelson Chamisa for his Gwanda, Mat South Structures interface.

Own Correspondent|At One moment, the Matabeleland South MDC leadership was contemplating calling off the provincial interface meeting with party leader Nelson Chamisa as only a handful of people had turned up at the venue four hours after the scheduled start time of the meeting.

Heavy rains continued to bombard the town with almost all access roads into town from surrounding mines and villages flooding.

When Chamisa finally arrived after lunch, a little over one hundred people were inside the venue which has a capacity seating of about a thousand people.

Introducing the party President to the people, party National Chairperson Thabitha Khumalo rightfully estimated that that there were under 200 people in the hall a far cry from the huge numbers Chamisa had been addressing in other provinces.

As soon as the rains subsided, the never say die MDC supporters filled up the venue like a collapsed dam wall.

When Chamisa concluded his nearly two hours address the hall had been turned into a sea of red t-shirts and hats, wet as they were.

Chamisa did justice to the gathering as he delivered a pinpoint address on the issue currently affecting the county and the possible way forward the MDC will take.

Chamisa castigated President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his lacklustre approach towards the national dialogue indicating that he was ready to meet with Mnangagwa at any time.

Chamisa insisted that he will not under any circumstances join the POLAD platform which he said has no defined way forward for the country. Chamisa insisted that real talks to save the county are between him and Mnangagwa only.

Chamisa said that the MDC will not give up on wanting to engage with Mnangagwa for the setting up of a National Transitional Authority.

“We have been patient with Mnangagwa, if he does not want to volunteer to come to the negotiating table, we will find means of pushing him to come to the table,” said Chamisa to a wild cheer.

Giving direction to the party, Chamisa called on the party structures to bring down the running of the party to the newly set up branches.

“Every member of the party must belong to a branch and the branches will be the ones that will have a major voice in the running of the party,” he said.

“Our party has always been big at the top and small at the bottom and now it’s time to change the triangle and make it big at the bottom for balance.”

He further implored on the party structures to end the contour culture of imposing candidates especially in rural constituencies as that contributed a lot to the party losses in the rural areas.

“Never again are we going to have scavenging birds landing in constituencies they never live in wanting to be candidates then take off as soon as they lose,” said Chamisa.

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