Welshman Ncube dumped by Gwanda Mayor

FORMER Gwanda mayor, Lionel De-Necker Mayo Friday resigned from the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube and went a step further calling on his former superior to step down from his presidency post.\r\n\r\nDe Necker posted his resignation letter on social media (Twitter), which he had written to party president and copied to the secretary general, Moses Mzila Ndlovu.\r\n\r\nThe former mayor alleged MDC had turned into a WhatsApp movement (that spent its time on a social media platform) divorced from the realities of its supporters.\r\n\r\nIn the letter, DeNecker said he was disappointed with the way the party had slid backwards from a symbol of hope to desperate the state while the its leadership pretended otherwise.\r\n\r\n“While many comrades remain in the party murmuring tunes of discontent in the shadows and precluded by respect and fear from telling you the truth. I feel it would be a great disservice to you and the party if I do not highlight the cancer which is eating way at the movement from inside and threatening to engulf it absolutely,” reads part of the letter.\r\n\r\nHe said Prof. Ncube must not be swayed by fake support from some party members, as they too knew the party would not go anywhere.\r\n\r\n“It would be unfortunate if your legacy diminished further and the fortunes of the party receded even more than they have under your leadership despite all your spirited efforts to keep it afloat.\r\n\r\n“I urge you Mr President to seriously but consider stepping down from the helm of the party, not only for the sake of your legacy but to afford the party an opportunity to re-energise and make radical and strategic choices for its survival…” wrote De Necker.\r\n\r\nDe Necker claimed MDC had functioned for a long time without functional and resourced structures while the national executive committees do not meet regularly.\r\n\r\nHe said when they did it meet, it was to rubber stamp decisions made prior without consultations with other senior party members.\r\n\r\n“The party has lost through resignation many members of the national leadership yet the response has been to act out a picture that all is well when a crisis is evident. There has been no attempt to honestly deal with the causes of the bleeding, which has weakened the party institutionally.”\r\nDeNecker suggested MDC would be better of pursuing coalitions with other political parties because its arrogance attitude would only achieve negative results.\r\n\r\n“It is clear the party can only make a meaningful contribution to change in Zimbabwe if it approaches conversations with other political parties… this is a painful and sad reality which must be honestly interrogated…”\r\nContacted for comment, Ndlovu- the secretary general, said De Necker was entitled to leave MDC of he thought the party was no longer serving his interests.\r\n\r\n“If his comments hold water, I would agree but I don’t agree with his comments…What did he do to correct the situation. Does you cut or do you resolve, if surely MDC was his political home, what issues did he raise and what efforts did he take.\r\n\r\n“He should also mention what efforts he made or was he just a spectator? We also want to hear what he did at the helm of the party, what did he do,” he said.\r\n\r\nMDC continues to experience a number of resignations since the 2013 electoral failure.\r\n\r\nLast week, Joshua Mhambi resigned a day after his appointment as the party’s internal relations and external structures head.\r\n\r\nBefore that Mhambi was the party’s spokesman, having been appointed in March following the resignation of Nhlanhla Dube over differences with Ncube.\r\n\r\nDeNecker joins more than a dozen other senior party officials who have either resigned from their posts or quit the party due to widening cracks within MDC’s leadership.