The current internal democratic transformation within the party is meant to position the party for any elections soon. It must be clearly stated that there is no bad blood between Mutambara and Welshman Ncube with regards to the party’s restructuring of its presidium at the congress.
There are no cracks within the MDC-M but what is there is a simple procedural democratic process that will lead to leadership change at the congress. Our party respects its own constitution so all those who have served two five- year terms consecutively will be replaced. No amendments will be made to prolong some office bearers’ stay as stated by the secretary general (Ncube) in the media recently.
As a social democratic party the MDC-M allows its members to talk about their leaders, processes or leadership choices openly. Personally I feel it is very important for us to replace Mutambara. His replacement has nothing to with tribalism. It is not fair to talk about tribalism whenever there are persons from different tribes contesting a political position.
In Ncube we are considering capacity and political maturity. The ability of a person has nothing to do with his or her tribe. It is important to cast the net wider when electing national leaders for the good of the nation.
Some people believe that only Zezurus should run the show. Zezurus are the most tribalistic group as evidenced by the circumstances that led to Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana’s removal from his post as he is Karanga.
In MDC-T the contest is between Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti who are both Zezurus. The mayorship of Harare is reserved for Zezurus only by Zanu PF.
So the MDC-M will not go back on Ncube because the touting of his name is based on merit and not tribal grounds. We will never be forced to change our political position by known habitual dissidents in our midst who are travelling across villages preaching tribalism and tarnishing the good name and reputation of Ncube.
We will stand by Professor Welshman Ncube, Edwin Mushoriwa, David Coltart, Miriam Mushayi, Paul Nyathi, Goodrich Chimbara, Frank Chamunorwa, Qhobani Moyo, Esaph Mdlongwa and the vibrant Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga.
A people’s congress should be openly talked about and its agenda must be public knowledge, not concealed.