MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa on Saturday advised outgoing Tsholotsho North legislator Jonathan Moyo to bid the constituency farewell, saying this year he has no chance of winning against his party.
Moyo is set to face Roselyn Nkomo, wife of Water Resources Development and Management minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Sethulo Ndebele from MDC and Zapu’s Absalon Dube.
Speaking while introducing Nkomo to party supporters at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Chamisa said the party wanted to dislodge Moyo.
“There is a woman here who will perform an important national duty in Tsholotsho for you,” he said.
“She will dislodge Jonathan Moyo in Tsholotsho North. People of Tsholotsho are saying they voted for Jonathan Moyo because he was an independent and after he crossed to Zanu PF, they no longer want him.
“He must not make a mistake of thinking that he has support any more.”
In 2008, Moyo stood as an independent and retained the seat he first won in 2005.
MDC-T did not field a candidate then and instead backed Moyo, who had been expelled from Zanu PF.
Addressing the crowd Nkomo said: “This year Tsholotsho North people are no longer interested in Jonathan (Moyo). They have given me a mandate to stand and dislodge him so that I represent them in Parliament.”
Chamisa lashed out at former party members, who after losing primary elections, went on to stand as independents.
“You cannot be an independent and still use a picture of a leader of a certain party,” he said.
“We will not allow that. As they chose to be independent, they must not try to get votes by using our party leaders’ pictures.”