MDC-RENEWAL Bulawayo province has formally announced the resignation of its provincial chairman Kucaca Phulu from the post citing pressure at work.
Last week, Southern Eye revealed that Phulu, a lawyer by profession, had quit the post, but key party members were tight lipped on the matter at the time.
He officially tendered his resignation last Friday.
Yesterday, the party said Phulu’s resignation had been accepted.
Provincial spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, said Phulu worked diligently and professionally during his brief tenure.
“MDC-Renewal would like to announce the resignation of our Bulawayo o provincial chairman, Kucaca Phulu, who tendered his resignation letter to our national chairman Samuel Sipepa Nkomo on January 9 2015 and was accepted the same evening after wide consultations,” he said.
“Phulu resigned his position as provincial chairman, but will remain a card carrying member of the party.
“As a senior partner in a law firm, Phulu cited pressure at work, as he is needed there full time and as a party, we needed him full time as well as we prepare for the launch of United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC) and congress later this year, therefore, it was going to be difficult for him to continue serving these two organisations fully.”
Phulu reportedly had to choose between stepping down as party chairperson or from Abammeli Human Rights Lawyers, as civil society groups generally do not encourage their members, particularity top members to hold political posts.
MDC-Renewal and the Welshman Ncube-led MDC merged late last year and now operate under the banner of UMDC. The UMDC is, in the interim, is led by Ncube and Sekai Holland until its inaugural elective congress, tentatively slated for August.
Ndlovu said the province will soon call for a provincial council meeting to elect a new chairman saying “although the party has many committed cadrés, it would be very difficult to replace him”.
Last week party sources said they would need a member who is strong in character.