By John Chimunhu|
Movement for Democratic Change president Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday used his prerogative to spring several congress election losers into the party’s national executive committee.
Among the major beneficiaries of the move were Nelson Chamisa, who contested the key post of party secretary-general and lost to Douglas Mwonzora at the October congress.
Chamisa was also appointed party secretary for policy co-ordination.
Tsvangirai also appointed Job Sikhala, who was barred from contesting at congress. Sikhala was recently tortured by state security agents over his allegiance to the former prime minister but vowed not to quit MDC-T over a party post or threats to his life.
In a surprise move, the MDC president also used his powers to re-appoint long-time colleague and former minister Elias Mudzuri. Mudzuri lost the post of party organiser at the last congress amid reports he had clashed with Tsvangirai. However, the MDC president brought Mudzuri back and appointed him secretary for international relations and parliamentary spokesperson for transport.
Tsvangirai named the party’s national executive council and appointed portfolio secretaries who also serve as the shadow cabinet.
Several women were appointed portfolio secretaries, including Midlands senator Lilian Timveos (domestic affairs), Jessie Majome (justice) and Concilia Chinanzvavana (national healing).
Mashonaland East forwarded Tracey Mutinhiri to the national executive.
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