MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairperson Gorden Moyo on Friday stepped down saying his party had failed to deal with its stunning defeat by Zanu PF in last year’s elections.
Moyo took a sabbatical from party activities in March and the reasons that were given were that he wanted to concentrate on his academic work.
However, rumours have been swirling about his allegiance to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who is under pressure to step down after his defeat to President Robert Mugabe.
A splinter faction led by MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti is setting up parallel structures and has hinted on forming a separate party to challenge Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.
Moyo told journalists at a Bulawayo hotel that he was stepping down as provincial chairman but would remain an active MDC-T member and would not give up his Makokoba parliamentary seat as widely claimed.
He also bemoaned the violence that has rocked the MDC-T as a result of the push for Tsvangirai’s ouster.
“Our party has been characterised by violence for the past three months. “We are fighting friends, not foes,” he said.
“I believe this province needs a different type of leadership, not I. “Therefore, on this day, Friday13 June 2014, I am stepping down from the office of the chairperson of the Bulawayo Province in the MDC-T.”
Moyo denied any links with Biti’s renewal team.
There is already intense jockeying for his post with organising secretary Albert Mnkandla being heavily tipped to take over.
Bulawayo deputy mayor Gift Banda who has MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s backing is also eyeing the post.