THE Mutambara faction of the opposition MDC appeared to be gradually collapsing this week amid defections by
senior officials to the rival camp led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
The party has been hit by a spate of resignation with the most notable being that of chairman Gift Chimanikire who jumped ship on Independenence Day. Last week Kwekwe MP Blessing Chebundo also moved across to join the Tsvangirai camp.
Other prominent opposition activists who have left Mutambara’s faction include Silence Chihuri, Givemore Chindawi, Frank Mamvura, Ignacio Mushoperi and Nyasha Munjoma.
In a letter to the Mutambara faction’s secretary-general Welshman Ncube, Chihuri and colleagues said they were no longer able to work in that group.
“We have come to the conclusion that our aspirations and contributions to the Zimbabwean political process will not be realised by our affiliation to that grouping,” Chihuri and colleagues said. “We will no longer act, speak, or engage in any activity on the supposed behalf of that group.
“We have notified our colleagues accordingly. We wish you well in your endeavours to enhance the democratic process in Zimbabwe.”
However, Ncube last night said the camp was not crumbling due to the defections. He said they had already filled the vacancies and “we will emerge stronger” from the crisis.
“We are not bothered by the resignations,” said Ncube. “That is why we have openly issued a statement to say ‘please go if you do not believe in our principles’.
“We are not in politics for self-aggrandisement and we are not marketing numbers but principles which will be assessed by the people at elections.”
The Zimbabwe Independent yesterday heard there could be further defections from the Mutambara camp.
Other senior officials alleged to be making moves to rejoin the Tsvangirai camp include Dzivarasekwa MP Edwin Mushoriwa, Hwange West MP Jealous Sansole and Thembinkosi Sibindi.
Although they dismissed the claims, the Independent has it on good authority that they are seriously considering crossing the floor.