UNDER fire MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has with immediate effect resigned from her party post although she remains a legislator, the party announced yesterday.
In a statement, MDC deputy president Edwin Mushoriwa announced that Misihairabwi-Mushonga had handed her resignation to party leader Welshman Ncube and it had been accepted.
“The presidency has accepted this resignation and hopes that Misihairabwi-Mushonga will continue in her other roles in which she was deployed by the party, such as her role in Parliament,” Mushoriwa said.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga is the MDC women’s quota representative for Matabeleland South, a position that threatened to tear the party apart, as some members protested heavily against her inclusion.
The tough-talking legislator’s position had increasingly become untenable, but a fallout with the party accelerated when the MDC signed a unification deal with MDC-Renewal.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga reportedly supported MDC-Renewal secretary-general Tendai Biti for the presidency of the unified party ahead of her leader Ncube.
The fallout between the legislator and the party deepened in recent weeks, with senior members taking to social media to express their anger at her.
A month ago, Misihairabwi-Mushonga was quoted saying within a period of a few weeks, she would make a decision as to whether she would continue playing a central role within the party.
“It is with regret that we advise members of the party and the general public that on Thursday February 12 2015, Priscila Misihairabwi-Mushonga tendered to the president of the party, Welshman Ncube, her written resignation from the position of secretary-general with immediate effect,” Mushoriwa said.
“On behalf of the leadership and membership of the party, we sincerely thank Misihairabwi-Mushonga for the outstanding and committed service that she rendered to the party in her capacity as secretary-general since her election to that position in February 2011.”
Misihairabwi-Mushonga could not be reached for comment late last night.