The decision by the MDC national council, which met in Harare yesterday,
to set aside one vice president’s post for female candidates means that one of the heavyweights between Tendai Biti, Morgan Komichi and Welshman Ncube will fall by the wayside.

To run for the Women’s VP post are Tracy Mutinhiri, Lillian Timveos, Lynette Karenyi and Paurina Mpariwa.

Before the latest resolution, Chamisa had insisted that every post must be subjected to an open contest.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed the decision,

“In that regard, the national council resolved to consider on the position in the presidium so that one of the vice-presidents will have to be a woman,” he said.

Mutinhiri, Timveos and Karenyi confirmed in an earlier interview with The Standard that they accepted nominations and are ready for the contest.