Ncube under fire over Misihairabwi


HARARE – Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC faction, is facing a rebellion over secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, with party members calling for her removal.

Sources in the party told the Daily News yesterday that senior party members met on Saturday in Harare and resolved that a national council meeting should be called to dethrone Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

“Senior party members from the provinces met at a hotel in Harare on Saturday to discuss what happened in the elections. We could not sit down and wait for Ncube as he has been quiet. We unanimously agreed that the party needs to refocus and reorganise itself if ever it’s going to survive,” sources said.

“We drafted a position paper that will be submitted to the party leadership. In the paper, we categorically stated that Misihairabwi-Mushonga has failed the party and should be removed from her post.

“We also demanded the national council meeting be convened immediately to address pressing matters in the party. We also stated that if Ncube or Misihairabwi-Mushonga do not want to call for the meeting, we will convene it ourselves because a party does not belong to an individual,” the sources added.

The smaller MDC faction has been in the doldrums following its drubbing in the harmonised elections where it lost all seats it had in Parliament and only managed to savage some through proportional representation.

Since then, daggers have been out for Misihairabwi-Mushonga as party members want her recalled from the National Assembly claiming her selection was irregular, with Ncube accused of fighting in her corner.

Recently firebrand MDC director of policy and research, Qhubani Moyo quit the party last week to concentrate on other businesses.

However, insiders said his resignation was motivated by frustration over how the party was being run.

Efforts to get a comment from Ncube proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.

Deputy party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi however, professed ignorance of the meeting saying “informal meetings are healthy for a party like MDC. But, major decisions can only be made by the national council. All those who have grievances, know the right channels to use to get them addressed.”

On the plot to dethrone Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Chihwayi said “We are a democratic party. Everybody is allowed to join and resign at anytime.

“We are reading it in the newspapers that some want Misihairabwi-Mushonga recalled from the National Assembly. If that is true, the so-called members should put their request in writing.”

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