Masvingo refuses to back Welshman Ncube for MDC-M Presidency

MASVINGO– Arthur Mutambara led Movement for Democratic Change MDC-M is likely to split into factions after Masvingo provincial executive refused to go along with other provinces which have nominated secretary-general, Welshman Ncube to take over the party leadership at this week,s congress to be hled in Harare.\r\n

The provincial executive here says it will continue to recognize Mutambara as party leader until ‘certain issues are addressed’.

The provincial executive which convened an urgent meeting on Saturday resolved to boycott the national congress if their complaints were not addressed.

The provincial secretary for information Martin Chengeta said there was no need for them to be persuaded to nominate a president when everything in the process to have new leadership was based on the violation of the party’s constitution.

"We refused to be fooled and therefore resolved that we should not nominate anyone. We will not recognize the congress until our complains are addressed. If they (leadership) decide to ignore our call, we will then make a move to start our own party or we will continue to recognize Mutambara as our president," said Chengeta.

The executive also resolved to send provincial chairman Robson Mashiri to Harare to meet the national leadership over the issue.

"Our chairman Mr Mashiri will travel to Harare before Monday so that he would lobby for an urgent meeting with them. If they go against our wish, then we also go against their proposals," added Chengeta.

Mashiri confirmed that he was given a petition from Masvingo signed by over thirty members.Two weeks ago, Mutambara announced he would not be standing for any party position at the congress.

“I have played my role and its time for others to step in and lead the party, “ said Mutambara,  a former University of Zimbabwe student leader and now one of the country,s two deputy Prime Ministers together with Thokozani Khuphe of MDC-T party.