FORMER Insiza MP and national executive member of the MDC Siyabonga Malandu Ncube has quit in protest over the imposition of Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga as the party’s Matabeleland South women’s assembly representative.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s election has thrown the MDC led by Welshman Ncube into turmoil resulting in the recent expulsion of the party’s former Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Petros Mukwena.
Ncube said he will no longer be part of the MDC unless Misihairabwi-Mushonga is replaced by a woman from the province.
“We are not saying she must step down from being the secretary-general, but she must return her National Assembly position to the deserving women of Matabeleland South,” Ncube said.
“How can someone from Glen Norah, Harare represent people in this province (Matabeleland South)?
“Until such a time, I will not be part of the MDC and have notified president Ncube. The party is now run by a few people and the executive has not been holding meetings for a long time now.”
Ncube said he had not written any resignation letter as MDC structures had since collapsed.
MDC Matabeleland South provincial administrator and former Gwanda mayor Lionel De Necker confirmed that Ncube had left the party until certain individuals were expelled.
“He phoned the president saying he is leaving the party. He is demanding the expulsion of many members, including the party’s spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube and myself. He said he will reapply once his demands are met,” De Necker said.