FORMER legislator Moses Mzila Ndlovu has been appointed acting secretary-general (SG) of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, taking over from Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who quit the post recently.
Misihairabwi Mushonga, a National Assembly member for Umzingwane through proportional representation, will however hold onto Parliamentary seat despite the party’s Matabeleland South province pushing for her recall.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga stepped down from the post following a reported fallout with Ncube and some party members, who accused her of undermining and plotting to unseat him.
“The MDC national standing committee (NSC) confirmed Mzila Ndlovu, the deputy secretary-general, as acting secretary-general with immediate effect, in keeping with the party constitution,” Nhlanhla Dube, the MDC spokesperson said in a statement.
The MDC’s NSC met in Bulawayo at the weekend.
“It (NSC) further noted that the former SG had resigned from her position as SG and not from the political party,” Dube said.
“To that end, the party will give all the support to the former SG in the discharge of the various responsibilities where she remains deployed, such as her role in Parliament.”
Matabeleland South province has always been against Misihairabwi-Mushonga representing the province in Parliament, arguing that she was not a local.
Party insiders said the party leadership feared recalling her would anger a constituency that backs her and could send wrong messages to the MDC-Renewal team at a time when the two are engaged in unity talks.
Dube said the party was committed to the unification process.
“As such, the NSC reaffirmed the party’s commitment to the reunification process currently underway as the only viable alternative to a new national narrative, which will seek and provide solutions to national problems.”