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LEADING figures in the opposition MDC-T have started jostling for parliamentary seats left vacant following the expulsion of legislators affiliated to the MDC-Renewal Team.

Insiders indicate that former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has stuck to a party list presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in the run-up to the 2013 elections in his bid to defend the 14 electable seats out of the 21 vacant posts created following the expulsions.

Among those reportedly eyeing the seats are party secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who was reportedly targeting the Manicaland Senate seat left vacant following the expulsion of Patrick Chitaka while party spokesperson Obert Gutu who reportedly wants Tendai Biti’s Harare East seat.

Others who had thrown their hats into the ring are, according to insiders, are treasurer general Theresa Makone, her deputy Charlton Hwende, national chairman Lovemore Moyo and his deputy Morgen Komichi.

Information chief Gutu however, said the MDC-T could still dump the list presented to ZEC before the elections.

“I am not sure about the list you are talking about. I cannot authenticate or reject it because we might have seen different lists,” said Gutu.

“I can tell you that we have drawn up a list of candidates whom we think can diligently and honourably represent the party in Parliament …

” … but we have a right to use any list we want a new one or the old list.”

Makone looks to be the biggest beneficiary as she appears on the MDC-T list to replace the seven MPs whose seats are filled through proportional representation currently circulating in the party.

However, Gutu indicated that the opposition party had taken a deliberate policy to keep most of its officials out of government business.

“We want people to concentrate on building the party hence the secretary general is a literally a full-time job just like the ANC scenario in which Gwede Mantashe works for the party on a full time basis,” said Gutu.

“We did not want to repeat the same mistake we made in the inclusive government where all of the party leaders rushed into government leaving the party handicapped.

“Most of us have private businesses to run and that makes it very difficult to juggle around things and if you factor in parliament business then one of the areas will most likely suffer. Normally, it is the party (which suffers) because it does not offer a salary”.

Meanwhile Chitaka has been replaced in the Senate by Manicaland provincial chairman David Chimhini, while Glen-view police murder trailist Yvonne Musarurwa will take over from Evelyn Masaiti in the national assembly.

Consultations are still going on in other areas, according to sources, to find replacements in Masvingo and the Matabeleland provinces.

Source : New Zimbabwe