THE Welshman Ncube led MDC party has been hit by another high profile resignation, with a senior party official leaving the troubled outfit this week.

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National spokesperson Joshua Mhambi quit the party barely a day after he was reassigned to head the international relations and external structures department which was previously headed by Kurauone Chihwayi.

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The changes, according to officials, were made with the view to strategically position the party in preparation for the 2018 elections.

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Chihwayi has since been appointed the new spokesperson.

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In a statement, the MDC deputy president Edwin Mushoriwa confirmed Mhambi’s resignation.

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“We advise that Josh Mhambi has written to the President advising of his resignation from the MDC with immediate effect.,” said Mushoriwa.

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“His resignation follows his re-assignment from heading the Information, Media and Publicity department to head the International Relations and External Structures department.

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“The changes had been necessitated by the Party Leadership’s desire to redeploy cadres to areas thought to best suite their expertise as the party prepares for the 2018 elections.

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“On behalf of the President and entire MDC family I would like to thank Mr. Mhambi for his loyal service to the party and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

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Mushoriwa told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview that the now former spokesperson might have felt belittled by the reshuffle.

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“I think he felt he had been demoted by the reshuffle but for us the two positions are the same because both occupants sit in the standing committee,” said Mushoriwa.

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Insiders said Mhambi had been angered by Ncube’s arbitrary move amid accusations that the former party spokesperson had demanded a salary.

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However, Mushoriwa denied there had been any discussions over a salary or demand from Mhambi.

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“No, there was no such thing. In politics officials offer their service for free; they are like pastors and deacons. They are never paid and Mhambi was aware of this,” said Mushoriwa.

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But in an interview with Star FM radio, Mhambi said he was “happy” to have left, saying he actually left on August 18.

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The party has lost key members in the recent past who have either quit or stepped down from their positions.

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Goodrich Chimbaira, the party’s former national chairperson, quit and re-joined the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai after he had earlier been suspended on accusation of gross misconduct.

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In February this year, former secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga stepped down following a bitter fall out with Ncube, who accused the firebrand politician of plotting to undermine his leadership.

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She however, remains a member of the party and has been one of its vocal members of parliament.

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An insider said: “Since the departure of Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga as secretary general as well as then national chairman Goodwil Chimbaira who was national chairman things have not stabilised as was expected.

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“If anything the situation remains as shaky as ever.”

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Another key party official who quit the party due to infighting is former national spokesperson, Nhlanhla Dube.

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A recent survey by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI), revealed that the party which only garnered a paltry 2.68 percent in the 2013 national elections, is irrelevant in both the current and future politics of the country.  – NewZim

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