As power struggles in MDC Alliance continue unabated, that party’s deputy national spokesperson, Gift “Ostallos” Siziba has reportedly dumped Nelson Chamisa and shifted his allegiance to Tendai Biti.
A source who spoke to this publication said that MDC Alliance members were currently aligning themselves with the ever growing Biti faction, while dumping that of Chamisa as 2023 elections draw closer.
The same source added that in a desperate bid not to be swept by the tide of change, Siziba has quickly dumped Chamisa, who this year elevated him to the position of deputy spokesperson and has since aligned himself with the powerful Biti faction.
“It’s not a secret that there is a Biti faction within the MDC Alliance and this faction is the one favoured by the western embassies and the diaspora community. It is an open secret within the MDC Alliance that Chamisa will not be allowed to represent the party in the coming elections as the party’s funders are in support of Biti. This is the reason why Siziba has taken the bold decision of dumping Chamisa as he is protecting his political career,” said the source.
The source added that the Chamisa faction also suffered another blow as the Secretary for Rural Mobilisation, Happymore Chidziva, also dumped Chamisa in favour of Biti.
“Bvondo (Chidziva) has aligned himself with Biti and is among the people who are calling for the removal of Chamisa as the MDC Alliance leader. Bvondo is opining that Chamisa is not militant enough to be the leader of the opposition outfit and he wants a structure where Biti will be the president, deputised by Job Sikhala. He has openly accused Chamisa of being an inept political orator who has no strategy to win state power,” said the source.
The source further said that Chamisa and his faction were sullen over Siziba and Chidziva’s betrayal and they were planning to use their influence to expel the duo from the party. However, the source said that the intended expulsion of the duo will surely be a Sarajevo incident that will cause the split or further divisions within the MDC Alliance.
Efforts to get a comment from MDC Alliance national spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere were futile as her mobile phones were not reachable.