MDC secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora has denied that he had a hand in the court application which has seen Nelson Chamisa being removed as leader.

“The allegations are false and extremely malicious. First of all, the allegations were filed in September well before I knew I was going to contest or not.

“Secondly, I don’t understand why those making allegations against me are understating the capacity of the applicant who was our organising secretary for Gokwe.

“Thirdly, I am actually listed as the fifth respondent in that matter meaning I was also sued. It is clear that there are people who always want somebody to blame and they want to use me as a scapegoat. However, I am not going to be their punching bag any more,” he told Newsday.

Mwonzora said on March 4 last year, he shared his opinion with the party leadership regarding the possible way forward. He, however, refused to share the opinion that he provided.

“It has gone too far, I am not going to be a punching bag any more,” he fumed over the allegations that he was the brains behind the application.