MDC mass defections stage managed: Moyo

BULAWAYO - State Enterprises minister and mainstream MDC Bulawayo provincial chairman Gorden Moyo said the smaller faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube is being used by Zanu PF to stage-manage mass defections from his party.

“We checked our records with our entire branch and district structures and we were satisfied that this was an act of desperation by Zanu PF which has apparently finally admitted that Bulawayo is out of reach for them and therefore have decided to front other entities as their surrogates and counterfeit defections allegedly from our party.

“They know that if they had claimed the so-called defectors for themselves nobody would have believed them so they created this decoy,” Moyo told Daily News in Bulawayo yesterday.

Last month the Ncube-led MDC said more than 100 mainstream MDC supporters had so far defected to their party and more were expected to join.

When contacted yesterday Edwin Ndlovu the Bulawayo spokesperson for the Ncube-led MDC said: “Anybody who thinks that our party is used by Zanu PF is not in his right mind because Tsvangirai’s MDC is the one used by Zanu PF to block Professor Ncube from ascending to the deputy premier’s position.”

Moyo said there is no bad blood between him and his party’s Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo.

“What happened last year was just a normal internal democratic process of electing the leadership of the party in Bulawayo and I emerged as the preferred choice to spearhead the growth and expansion of the party, not a winner.

“As a party we resolved that we would move from pre-congress and congress issues. Right now we are working as a team with mutual respect among ourselves as leaders. Any member or leader working outside established MDC structures would be violating the constitution of the movement and Hlalo as a loyal cadre and veteran member of this party wouldn’t do such a thing,” said Moyo.
Moyo and Hlalo supporters clashed several times during the MDC-T Bulawayo provincial party elections which saw party leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai rushing from Harare to come and resolve the impasse. - Pindai Dube, Own Correspondent

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