There have been reports from the State media highlighting that there are rifts between Douglas Mwonzora and Nelson Chamisa and that there is serious infighting withing the MDC Alliance in the wake of an electoral loss to ZANU-PF.
The Herald carried an article “Mugabe splits MDC Alliance” in which it said that cracks had emerged in the MDC Alliance because of Mugabe’s endorsement of Nelson Chamisa who was the presidential candidate for the MDC Alliance. The article made mention that party members were after Chamisa’s head, while Douglas Mwonzora denounced Mugabe’s endorsement of Chamisa.
The article spoke of an imminent apocalypse for the MDC Alliance. It quoted Mwonzora saying the association with Mugabe was bad for the party. However, Mwonzora denied this, and said there was no bad blood between him and Chamisa, initiating this was the regime’s tactic to sow discord within the party.
The story in the Herald of today suggesting that there is infighting between @nelsonchamisa and myself post election is false and malicious. It is typically designed to sow seeds of division within the MDC Alliance. I remain focused on the People's struggle.
— Douglas Mwonzora (@DMwonzora) August 6, 2018
He went on to say that he was going to sue The Herald for the lies.
Today I have formally sued The Herald over the false story it published yesterday. I seek exemplary damages over the malicious story. While as a constitution maker I respect freedom of expression I think malicious reporting must be punished.
— Douglas Mwonzora (@DMwonzora) August 7, 2018
The Herald then carried another article, “Chamisa guns for Mwonzora’s head” in which it said that there was disciplinary action instituted on Mwonzora by the National Executive Committee because of his remarks on Mugabe, and they said it was “undermining the party”.
Mwonzora denied this.
At no point did president @nelsonchamisa call for disciplinary action against me or anyone during yesterday's NEC meeting. Instead he directed the party to focus on three fundamental political issues which we will shortly unpack. The Herald lying again!
— Douglas Mwonzora (@DMwonzora) August 9, 2018