Whose name is it anyway? 

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Local News, Politics | 0 comments


• opposition parties continue with catfight over name

Staff Reporter

The proclamation of by-elections on March 26 has pushed political parties to put their houses in order, as there will be a short window to campaign.

In opposition circles, their legacy issues have once again emerged.

Douglas Mwonzora and Nelson Chamisa are battling for the ownership of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance name.

MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora earlier this week held a press conference claiming that they are the legitimate owners of the name.

“As we enter into by elections, we are using that name and we have a legitimate legal claim to that name. That name is ours,” Mwonzora said.

Douglas Mwonzora explained that he is among the signatories for MDC -T and MDC Alliance together with Morgan Komichi as National Chairman, Secretary General Paurina Mpariwa and Secretary for elections Ghandi Mudzingwa.


“By virtue of the Composite Political Agreement signed on the 5th of August 2017 and the subsequent meetings of the MDC Alliance, I assumed the leadership of MDC Alliance,” said Mwonzora.

Speaking to journalists at the press conference yesterday, Douglas Mwonzora said the use of the name is nothing new and Nelson Chamisa should never be surprised.

“We not allow people to use our name, because it is our name, we warned them as far back as 2020, 2 years ago. They cannot say that they were taken by surprise,” said Mwonzora.

Mwonzora said they are aware of people who are claiming their name, but he assured them that they will meet in any forum that they choose.

“We are not Mr Chamisa’s keepers. As a result we don’t take care of his political interests. He cannot expect that from a political opponent. We are the owners of the name. They have said there is nothing in a name.When we decided to use the name Mr Chamisa was not a relevant consideration,” said Mwonzora.


“Our consideration was that we wanted to perpetuate the alliance. We didn’t want to create confusion in the parliament whereby two MPs will be using one name but from different parties,” he added.

The press conference threw Nelson Chamisa`s team into panic, leading them to write parables on the internet over their next political identity.