In what could be another blow to the opposition MDC Alliance, Transform Zimbabwe has raised concern over being marginalised in the allocation of urban parliamentary and council seats and has called for the MDC-T to nullify all primary election results for constituencies allocated to it.
After holding its inaugural elective congress over the weekend, Transform Zimbabwe gathered the media this Tuesday to brief it on resolutions agreed at the congress.
Party president, Mr Jacob Ngarivhume reaffirmed the party’s position to be part of the MDC Alliance, but said compromising and accepting 19 seats allocated to the party by the alliance, the total absence of seats allocation in Matabeleland provinces and in urban areas is a concern.
“This is in total disregard of a letter we wrote to other principals and the spirit of the alliance agreement,” said Mr Ngarivhume.
The congress mandated Mr Ngaruvhume to push for urgent conclusion of all outstanding matters, among them that MDC-T nullifies all primary election results for constituencies allocated to Transform Zimbabwe.
“MCD-T must nullify all the primary election results for the constituencies allocated to Transform Zimbabwe and make an unequivocal undertaking that there will be no MDC-T candidates contesting in seats allocated to fellow alliance partners,” added Ngarivhume.
Having barred this news crew during its weekend congress, Transform Zimbabwe Chief of Protocol, Mr Roddy Takamiza said they regret the incident but it was more of a procedural issue than policy.
“The ZBC News crew was not prevented from entering the venue but we advised them that the session was not open to the public because it was private,” he said.
Transform Zimbabwe also promised to escalate the fight for electoral reforms and to continue massive voter education at grassroots.
The congress unanimously endorsed Mr Ngarivhume to lead the party and to be deputised by Mr Reason Mandlenkosi Ngwenya.