MDC-Renewal team not in hurry to hold congress

MDC-RENEWAL team is not in hurry to hold an inaugural congress, with top officials saying it was pointless to hold one for the sake of “making a point”, before being ready.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

Chairperson of the MDC-Renewal Bulawayo provincial working group, Kucaca Phulu on Monday said the party will announce dates for its congress in due course.

Phulu said the party was also not in a rush to approach the courts to declare it as the authentic MDC ahead of rival MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

He suggested that the courts are not the best option to settle political matters.

“Certainly in as far as these issues are concerned, one has to move with speed in order to resolve matters, but in politics one is always slow to go to the courts to settle political issues,” Phulu, a prominent lawyer, explained.

“If we had rushed to the courts last week or even last year that would have left Albert Mhlanga, Gladys Mathe and others out. We could have cited them as defendants.”

Mhlanga and Mathe were on Monday unveiled as new members of MDC-Renewal, after defecting from the Tsvangirai-led MDC-T. Samuel Sipepa Nkomo weighed in saying they would not be “foolish” to dash to the courts, as it was not a legal matter.

“This is not a legal issue,” he said. “Going to court is legal, but this is a political matter which has to be decided by us.

“If they are foolish themselves they can rush to court and not us because we are not foolish, but wise.” On congress dates, Phulu said they would be announced when all party organs were ready..

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