MDC spokesperson resigns
PROFESSOR Welshman Ncube’s MDC spokesperson, Joshua Mhambi, has left the party amid indications of a fallout between him and party vice president, Edwin Mushoriwa.
Mhambi took over the party spokesperson’s post in March this year following the departure of his predecessor, Nhlanhla Dube.
Mhambi told the Financial Gazette on Wednesday that he tendered his resignation on August 18, 2015 to concentrate on personal issues away from the hustle and bustle of politics.
“I have resigned from the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube. I resigned out of my own volition because of internal dynamics. There was also an element of political pressure in it and I decided to step down,” said Mhambi.
Asked what had precipitated his departure, Mhambi disclosed that he felt hard done by the decision Mushoriwa took to “single-handedly” re-deploy him to a “less glamorous” post of international and external relations coordinator.
“The move to re-deploy me to some other post of international relations to me sounds more like a vote-of-no-confidence that Mushoriwa apparently appears to have against me. For starters, how do you say you are re-arranging the party structures in preparation for the 2018 election and then start by shifting the spokesperson of the party to something called international and external relations?” quipped Mhambi.
He added: “This, to me is a clear message that someone does not have confidence in me as an individual and that they doubt my capabilities to stand and speak for the party in the run-up to the 2018 elections.”
The Zapu 2000 founding member-cum-academic said the decision by Mushoriwa and the party leadership to re-assign him was an effort to “undercut” his resignation.
“They felt embarrassed, maybe, by my resignation last month and then they thought they would undercut me by re-assigning me to this post. Unfortunately, I had made up my mind that I was going to leave and I am leaving the party,” Mhambi added.
The former spokesperson took aim at Mushoriwa, accusing him of treating MDC business as a personal business. He said Mushoriwa’s behaviour was similar to that of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party whom he accused of treating Zimbabwe’s affairs as private business.
“If we behave this way when we are in opposition, then what difference do we have with (President) Mugabe and his ZANU-PF, who are taking Zimbabwe as their own private thing?” he asked. – Nkululeko Sibanda