THE MDC led by Welshman Ncube has suspended its Pumula district chairperson and the organising secretary, and also dissolved party structures in the district for allegedly sabotaging the party’s campaigns ahead of the July 31 elections.
Pumula MDC district chairperson Losiya Chamisa Ncube and organising secretary Nqobizitha Moyo are facing the axe following their suspension last Thursday by the party’s Bulawayo provincial executive committee.
Accusations against the Pumula MDC structures are that they hid party campaign materials and refused to campaign for Ncube, among other candidates, resulting in the party suffering a crushing defeat in the polls won by Zanu PF.
The Pumula district also faces charges of disrespecting the party leadership and pushing for the ouster of Ncube in the aftermath of the party’s July 31 heavy electoral defeat.
MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu confirmed the developments on Friday in an interview with Southern Eye.
“The MDC district chairperson and organising secretary have been suspended with immediate effect pending appearance before the disciplinary committee while the whole district committee has been dissolved,” Ndlovu said.
“Complaints against the committee include accusations of deliberately sabotaging the party’s campaign in the run-up to the July 31 elections by creating divisions among party members, decampaigning the party president, hiding campaign material and refusing requests by district and ward members to call for post-election meetings.
“The provincial leadership resolved that the behaviour of the committee had led to members from Pumula district showing disrespect for senior party leadership, including the president himself,” he added.
MDC insiders told Southern Eye that the party leadership is on a witch-hunt to suspend or expel party members pushing for the recalling of secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga from Parliament.
Only last week, MDC Matabeleland South chairperson Petros Mukwena was expelled from the party for leading calls for Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s recalling as controversy over her nomination to Parliament appears to be splitting the party.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga is in Parliament courtesy of proportional representation.