The development reportedly irked acting party chairperson Morgen Komichi, who on Thursday threatened disciplinary action against officials who organised the meeting that nominated Mwonzora.
“That was an illegal process that was not authorised by the leadership,” Komichi said.
“People were secretly called to that meeting and we were not even present as leadership. It was just a small team of stubborn people and we don’t know who gave them that instruction and we will investigate.”
The meeting was reportedly attended by 38 people and chaired by Simon Hove.
“The ground rules of the party shall be set and a neutral electoral board appointed and tasked to run all processes leading up to the extraordinary congress,” Komichi said.
Mwonzora could not be reached for comment. NewsDay