Top MDC official quits

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.

Staff Reporter

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.

MDC-Renewal secretary-general Tendai Biti

MDC-Renewal secretary-general Tendai Biti

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.

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