‘Chaos in other parties boon for MDC-Renewal’

Gorden Moyo

MDC-Renewal team claims it is immensely benefiting from political upheavals dogging other parties as it is being overwhelmed by new members joining in countrywide.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

Chairperson of the party’s international relations and Diaspora committee, Gorden Moyo, yesterday, without giving figures, said ordinary Zimbabweans and councillors were flocking to the party, adding it was a morale booster.

“This past weekend we held what we termed Orange Weekend and all of our meetings in Bulawayo and other centres were oversubscribed,” he said.

“We underestimated our pull factor as in Bulawayo we had four teams on the ground instead of eight.

“The renewal team is the only party in the country that is stable. The upheavals in other parties is driving people to us.”

MDC-Renewal has since April said it was open to any coalition with progressive political parties ahead of the next polls in 2018.

Recently, the Welshman Ncube-led MDC and MDC-Renewal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), as talks for a broader grand coalition gather momentum.

The agreement was signed by the two secretary-generals of the MDC and the MDC-Renewal Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Tendai Biti, respectively.

Moyo said at the weekend all Diaspora organs had completed the restructuring process and the southern African branches were now preparing the leadership tours.

“In mid-November, we will be visiting Diaspora structures and southern Africa is the first port of call. West Africa has been put on hold due to the Ebola outbreak,” he said.

The team will consist of the leader of the guardian council Sekai Holland, chairman Sipepa Nkomo, Biti, treasurer-general Elton Mangoma, Lucia Matibenga and Moyo.

He said the MDC-Renewal was a force to reckon with as it sent teams to monitor recent elections in Mozambique and Botswana.