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Chamisa responds to rape allegations: “We have more pressing issues”

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MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says he is not moved by “intimidating tactics” being thrown at him ahead of the party’s elective congress scheduled for 24-26 May this year.

Speaking from Ghana where he is on a “diplomatic offensive”, Chamisa rubbished the alleged rape case that was reported by a 39-year old woman Nyaradzo Nyathi, who later withdrew the police case.

In an exclusive interview with the Zimbabwe Morning Post Chamisa said: “I am not moved by people who try to destroy someone’s name and integrity.”

“I am not like that and that will not deter us,” Chamisa said.

“I do not even want to comment on the issue because that is pure madness.

Asked whether he thinks this was the work of Zanu PF or internal smear campaigns by his competitors in the forthcoming congress, Chamisa said: “I do not care where this is coming from. Like I said this has nothing to do with me. We have more pressing issues than that and I will not waste my time on that issue.”

The allegation comes at a time when MDC Alliance is heading towards its elective congress. Chamisa is likely to face his secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora who is said to be eyeing the opposition’s top post.

As the congress build-up gathers momentum several senior party officials are strategically positioning themselves to rally behind their preferred candidates.

Douglas Mwonzora told ZOOMZimbabwe in an exclusive interview that he was also not moved by the mudslinging within the party as Congress beckons.

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“I am a fairly knowledgeable man and I do not have to respond to rubbish all the time. The allegations are so preposterous, and for me the unreasonableness of the allegations is so patent that they don’t justify a response.

“What the accusers were hoping for, is for me to declare that I was not running for a position at the Congress. So these allegations were meant so that I get frightened, that I declare quickly what I am going to stand for or what I am not going to stand for.

“I am not going to do that. Those who make the allegations must prove the allegations. The court of public opinion out there is awaiting for the v11: where is the evidence?” Mwonzora demanded.


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