By Nompumelelo Sibanda
MDC Alliance vice president Professor Welshman Ncube has dismissed reports that he is on the verge of dumping the party led by Nelson Chamisa to take up a job with an international organization.
Professor Ncube, who has been quiet on party issues for nearly half a year, came out of his silence following a report by the Zimbabwe Voice this Thursday in which party members close to him said he was unhappy with political developments in the party and had found an easy way out after being offered a post in an international agency.
Ncube dismissed the reports and said he was going nowhere, but admitted that his silence on key party developments was not a good thing.
“Woke up this morning to the old news (this being recycled decampaign news used in the run up to the Gweru Congress) that I am quitting the MDC Alliance to take up some international job somewhere. Someone somewhere is waging psychological warfare. I am not going anywhere,” said Professor Ncube, a lawyer and MDC founder.
He added party building “is often done with closed mouths”, implying that he might be inactive on social media but was engaged in making the party more vibrant.
Among other officials said to be contemplating leaving the MDC-A include co-VP Lynette Karenyi-Kore, recalled proportional representation Bacilia Majaya and party chairperson Tabitha Khumalo.
Reports indicate the officials have been frustrated and bullied by their Secretary-General Chalton Hwende, and accuse Chamisa of doing nothing to stamp his authority and end their abuse.
Yesterday, former party stalwarts Lilian Timveos and Blessing Chebundo both joined Zanu-PF. They will be party of the ruling party’s structures in Midlands Province.
This comes a month after the opposition party’s former boss for Masvingo Province, Tongai Matutu, also left and joined Zanu-PF. Another Masvingo politician Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, also dumped the MDC Alliance last month and joined the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺