Ncube not a tribalist: MDC


THE Welshman Ncube-led MDC has rubbished reports that their leader is a tribalist and a stumbling block towards a speedy re-unification with MDC-Renewal, saying the claims amount to mischief.

Staff Reporter

Ncube was accused by the State media of having “tribal tendencies”, which were hindering the reunification process.

However, MDC yesterday said it was matter of public record that the two parties entered into a roadmap which culminates in a joint elective congress in August and the “string of misleading and outright false claims about the MDC and MDC-Renewal’s reunification is wishful thinking and should be disregarded with all the contempt it deserves”.

“The reunification of the MDC and MDC-Renewal is well on course, and no amount of mischief to insinuate the contrary will make this reality go away,” Nhlanhla Dube, the MDC spokesperson, said.

Dube said they sought questions from the State media, where their leader had displayed the said tribal tendencies.

“It is a matter of public record that the two parties agreed on a reunification roadmap with stages to be followed up until we reach the joint elective congress in August 2015,” he said.

“The mission of the reunited party is to be a democratic party, where like-minded individuals and organisations, bound by common values and objectives, collectively take responsibility for providing leadership and opportunities, which address the multiple and complex challenges facing our country.

“This approach and new narrative is not narrow and parochial, it embraces all we are and can be as a nation.”

MDC and MDC-Renewal merged recently after signing an agreement in Harare to form a new party and are now operating under the banner of the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).

The UMDC is, in the interim, led by Ncube and Sekai Holland until its inaugural elective congress tentatively slated for August.

According to the roadmap, following the signing of the reunification agreement the united party would set up organising; fundraising, information, policy and constitutional alignment committees.

Dube said according to the roadmap, the merging of the structures of the two parties will take place between February and April 2015.