Tendai Biti: We will have a different name for elections. MDC-T claims that it is the party that is a member of the MDC Alliance that was formed in 2017 for the purposes of the 2018 elections.
MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti has said the party will likely have a different name for the 2023 elections to avoid confusion as MDC-T led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora has hinted that it will use MDC Alliance for elections.
To further cement this argument, MDC-T has been recalling MDC Alliance legislators and councillors accusing them of ceasing to be members of the party that had given them the card into the 2018 elections.
Biti hinted that they will likely remove the suffix Alliance and replace it with Chamisa. Speaking during an interview with HStvNews, Biti said the party was however not willing to completely abandon the name MDC as that would be a huge victory to the ruling ZANU PF. He said:
My personal opinion is that we should never abandon the name MDC, it’s a personal opinion, and my personal opinion again is that if Mwonzora continues to do the stupid thing, then for the purposes of the next election or byelection let’s just call ourselves MDC Chamisa. After all, in 2008 we called ourselves MDC Tsvangirai to deal with challenges that were there.
I have walked the length and breadth of this country, the name MDC is well invested in the people of Zimbabwe. How do we cast away a brand that was built for decades? It’s so difficult to build a brand.
The issue of the name and logo has been topical since the Supreme Court ruled in March last year that the MDC-T then led by Thokozani Khupe was the original party founded by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
The court ordered the party to hold an extraordinary congress to elect a substantive heir to Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer on February 14 2018.
Since last year, there has been warfare over the control of assets, name and symbols of the original MDC with the two factions claiming each of them was the rightful owner.
Some analysts have been urging Chamisa to adopt a different name to avoid causing confusion during elections while some were of the same opinion as Biti that there was much investment in the name therefore it cannot just be abandoned