BULAWAYO – A senior member in the MDC led by Welshman Ncube has called for the party’s complete overhaul and restructuring if chances of transforming it into a formidable and united outfit are to succeed.
Alderman Charles Mpofu believes the current shenanigans in the party defeats the whole purpose of a democratic liberation movement.
“There is need for a serious overhaul of the whole party because what is happening is against our founding principle to liberate this country,” Mpofu told the Daily News.
Mpofu said the dissolution of the party would help it start on a fresh slate without contentions.
Mpofu singled the party’s secretary-general Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga as the major culprit in all the challenges currently being faced by the smaller MDC formation.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga was unreachable for comment yesterday.
“Being in power is not a right but a privilege, so people should not abuse that privilege because you cannot be hiring and firing people as if it’s a private company,” he said.
He accused Misihairabwi-Mushonga together with other top officials he could not name for being responsible for the misfortunes of the party.
“Priscilla is busy threatening everyone and witch-hunting for anyone who criticises her. You don’t do that in politics. You do not personalise institutions. We are having a situation where people want to build their own empires of friends, relatives and girlfriends,” Mpofu charged.
“From the look of things that woman (Mushonga) now has more powers such that even the president cannot control her. This is why I believe only her departure can propel the party into a brighter future.”
It was regrettable, he added, that party leader Welshman Ncube surrounded himself with “political criminals and opportunists who are bent on personalising the party and destroying it from within.”
“The president needs to surround himself with people that can guard jealously against this evil of funny opponents and characters that he has now. Surprisingly, they have done so much damage using his name and the party,”
Acknowledging Ncube’s contribution during the Global Political Agreement (GPA) as well as since the formation of the MDC, Mpofu said Ncube had what it takes, going far in his political intentions.
“But unfortunately with the people which he has now he will not be able to get to where he intends to,” Mpofu explained.
Mpofu, a former freedom fighter who has been previously with Zanu PF and Zapu said the same “criminals” are against progressive forces and care less about what he termed a true revolution.
He further attributed the party’s dismal performance in the July 31 election to the top presidential camp which he described as “evil”.
“As a result with these people at the helm of the party we are not going anywhere because their criminal managerial system.
“This is why I am saying the whole party needs a comprehensive overhaul if it is people-oriented,” he said.
Mpofu said the current discord has witnessed senior cadres in the party like Moses Mzila dlovu, Edward Mukhosi and Siyabonga Malandu Ncube among others being side lined in the decision making processes.
Less than three months after harmonised polls, MDC has struggled to remain intact as it was ahead of the elections as evidenced by a number of unsettling events unfolding.
The top leadership has chosen to remain silent about these potentially divisive issues.
Recently, the party fired its Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Petros Mukwena who had been alleged to be vocal in calling for the recalling of Misihairabwi-Mushonga from the National Assembly.
Early this month one of Ncube’s trusted top lieutenant Qhubani Moyo who was the Director of Policy and Research Co-ordination resigned citing academic reasons.
Just last week, Bulawayo provincial executive dissolved the Pumula constituency district citing misconduct. District chairperson Losiya Chamisa Ncube and organising-secretary Nqobizitha Moyo were in the process suspended pending appearance before the disciplinary committee.