HARARE – The MDC renewal team has officially broken away from the MDC-T and on Sunday joined hands with Professor Welshman Ncube’s party to launch the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).

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The new party, the UMDC was launched at Stanely Square in Bulawayo amid promises by the new party’s leaders that they will not work with Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.

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UMDC is expected to hold its inaugural congress in October 2015.

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Leadership positions in the new party will be shared equally between the Professor Ncube’s group and the Sekai Holland formation.

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Co-National Chairman, Mr Samuel Siphepha Nkomo told the gathering that the UMDC will not work with the MDC-T, lambasting Tsvangirai as a power hungry individual.

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Professor Ncube also accused Tsvangirai of abandoning the party’s ideology that defined the party at its formation in September 1999.

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“This is not a coalition, but a strong political institution,” said Professor Ncube.

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Under the caretaker leadership structure, Professor Ncube and Holland will be Co-Presidents while Tendai Biti and Moses Mzila Ndlovu will be Co-Secretary Generals.

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Siphepha Nkomo and Goodrich Chimbaira will be Co-Chairmen.

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The new party also brings together members of the original MDC that split in 2005 over disagreements on whether to participate in senatorial elections or not.