FORMER MDC Renewal Team interim president, Sekai Holland, who suddenly quit the political outfit at the weekend, was hounded out of the party by its top brass contrary to claims that she voluntarily relinquished power to concentrate on her National Peace Trust project based at the Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru.

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Holland takes over MDC renewal team leadership

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Former party colleagues have been exerting pressure on her to choose between the party and her project, which she co-chairs with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a senior ZANU-PF official.

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Insiders said Holland was showing increasing preference to her project more than the party, much to the chagrin of her colleagues who were expecting her to transform the MDC Renewal Team into a formidable formation.

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Holland was also under fire for failing to hammer a deal with the MDC led by Welshman Ncube. The unification talks between the two splinter groups have since collapsed. The tipping point was however, the warm relationship she enjoys with Mnangagwa.

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It has since emerged that she was questioned at several party meetings over the issues and asked to renounce her project work in order to concentrate on the party’s activities but she chose to quit instead. Admitting to these revelations Holland said her predicament was all because people had failed to appreciate her extra curricula activities.

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“One thing Zimbabweans don’t understand is the difference between a hobby and an occupation. If we are in an organisation, we work together but what I do outside is nobody’s business. However, in Zimbabwe, it becomes everybody’s business. We must vomit this mindset,” she told the Financial Gazette.