MDC President Welshman Ncube is officially in the running for the post of Zimbabwe President after filing his nomination papers in Harare this morning, fulfilling the resolution made by his party at its last congress in 2011 that it would field a presidential candidate this year.
This historic move has effectively squashed all rumors of a grand coalition with the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T.
He will be contesting against Zanu –PF’s President Robert Mugabe, MDC-T’s Tsvangirai and several other presidential hopefuls in the long awaited general elections to be held in a few weeks time.
Party Secretary General Priscilla Misihairabwi –Mushonga filed the nomination papers on his behalf in Harare earlier today.
Nomination court for the presidential candidates has been open since 8 AM at the Harare High court until 4 PM today while that of parliamentary candidates have been dotted at magistrate courts throughout the country.
This will be the 52 -year -old leader’s first time in the presidential race and he is raring to go.
“We are in a good position and we have rebuilt the party over the last few years, we are ready. In a few weeks Zimbabweans will have the chance to vote for real change, putting behind Zanu PF's reign ,” said Prof. Ncube earlier today.
MDC National Spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube had this to say;
“For us it is about the ethos and character of Zimbabwe post Mugabe and that begins with voting for the change you can count on all the time, every time. For us principle, truth, fairness, honesty and dedication to keeping and delivering on one’s word are the pillars on which our party and our President are founded. For these reasons, Welshman Ncube is contesting for the Zimbabwe presidency.”