mdc congress.jpgThe MDC-T National Congress which started in Bulawayo on Thursday has been marred by violence, vote-buying and rigging, with Theresa Makone, who is vying to retain the National Women’s Assembly chair, allegedly wielding influence on some MDC-T youths to thwart her rival, Editor Matamisa’s efforts to take over the powerful post.

At the race to elect a new executive for the MDC-T at the on-going congress in Bulawayo, violence has continued to rear its ugly head with the latest victims being the ZBC News crew which is covering the event, reportedly having been heavily attacked by some hooligans allegedly hired by the party.

The ZBC News crew was denied accreditation which was only given to private media journalists before being forced to march out of Babourfields Stadium, the venue of the congress.

Although the ZBC News crew was denied access, reports emanating from the congress show that elections for the Women Assembly Chair have been hit by massive vote buying and rigging, with the Makone family allegedly being on the forefront.

 

Theresa Makone is eyeing to retain control of the Women’s Assembly and has threatened to take back the Party’s headquarters Harvest House if she is not re-elected.

Kadoma House of Assembly member, Editor Matamisa, who wants to wrestle the post from Makone, told ZBC News in a telephone interview that her rival is using everything at her disposal to retain the post, splashing money and handing out special gifts to lure votes.

 

“Theresa calls herself a rich lady. She has been doing a lot of vote-buying, giving people money,” she said.

The Makone family is alleged to have resorted to use of violence to wield influence over her challenger. Matamisa alleges people are reportedly fed up of her bossful nature.

Matamisa also revealed that the issue of Harvest House has come under the spotlight with delegates demanding answers and clarification on logic of registering the MDC-T headquarters in the name of the Makone family.

 

Observers noted that this issue of Harvest House could split the part apart as delegates are reportedly breathing fire about what they described as high level of looting the party’s properties by the Makone family.