MDC squabbles over Johannesburg post


Mthulisi Mathuthu

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Johannesburg branch has been rocked by squabbles which threaten to split the party’s leadership following the suspension of its

representative, Austin Moyo, on allegations of corruption.



Moyo’s deputy, Gerry Mashava, confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that he was already the acting representative after Moyo’s suspension by MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube.


MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly in favour of Moyo whom he personally seconded to the job, something which has raised tension within the national executive.


National organising secretary Esaph Mdlongwa has been sent to South Africa to resolve the issue which is threatening to plunge the party into crisis at a critical time in domestic politics.


Mdlongwa, who is the MDC MP for Pumula-Luveve, said he would leave for Johannesburg “soon” but would not disclose the exact nature of the problems the party was facing. He said he would brief the national executive upon his return.


“I will certainly go there soon to resolve that problem. I am not confident to tell you anything more than that because I don’t want to be proved a liar later on,” he said.


MDC secretary for foreign affairs Moses Mzila Ndlovu is said to favour Mashava when he is not himself eyeing the post.

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