Komichi imposed himself my election agent, says Chamisa

Morgen Komichi

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday said MDC-T national chairperson Morgen Komichi imposed himself on his election team for the 2018 general elections, as the fallout between the two former comrades continues getting ugly.

Komichi acted as Chamisa’s chief elections agent and rushed to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s podium to declare that the results that gave President Emmerson Mnangagwa a lead in the 2018 general elections were fake.

In August 2018, Komichi stormed the elections command centre live on TV as the presidential election results were being announced and fearlessly declared that the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa was rejecting the outcome because the elections were rigged.

This led to his arrest and subsequent prosecution by the courts. However, relations between Komichi took a nasty patch later on as Chamisa was accused of sidelining his past comrades while preferring to work with G40 politicians as well as newfound allies from the students union.

Yesterday, Chamisa told NewsDay that Komichi imposed himself on his election team.

“The chief elections agent was Jameson Timba. Komichi went there saying he was interested in knowing what was happening, but he was not an official of my team,” Chamisa said.

After ending his romance with the MDC Alliance in March following a Supreme Court order declaring Chamisa an illegitimate leader, Komichi made a volte-face and claimed that Chamisa did not win the controversial presidential poll.

Komichi yesterday also unwittingly exposed that he was a spy who worked to destabilise and undermine Chamisa.

Addressing a Press conference in Harare yesterday, Komichi said while he played an important role in jettisoning Chamisa into presidency of the party and presidential candidate in the 2018 elections, he never believed in his leadership qualities.

“I was never part of them, even if you ask our secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, I used to pull him (Mwonzora) by the side telling him that he should relax and wait because the time for Chamisa would come to an end sooner,” he said.

Mwonzora confirmed that while Komichi appeared on a number of rallies and platforms defending Chamisa’s alleged power grab and vehemently attacking Thokozani Khupe, he never believed in the youthful opposition leader.

“Yes, I can confirm that he never believed that the leadership of Nelson Chamisa would last, he used to tell me to relax,” Mwonzora said.

Komichi said he also secretly authorised an obscure organisation called Defending Morgan Tsvangirai’s Legacy, which issued statements attacking Chamisa’s leadership.

As he secretly supported forces opposed to Chamisa, Komichi branded the loyalty card which was at the centre of his campaign for the vice presidency at the Gweru congress where he lost to Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube.

MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende said the statements by Komichi confirmed that the outfit was just a power-shopping movement.

“Someone who can honestly say in public, I was a spy, supporting a presidential candidate and participated in a congress that I was secretly working against, who can trust such characters?” Hwende asked.