'We are still going strong'

BULAWAYO - Welshman Ncube’s MDC says it is still regrouping in a bid to map the way forward after they were shocked in the just-ended elections where they were left licking their wounds.

With President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF romping to a disputed landslide victory and the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC party picking up some reasonable seats, it was not the same for Ncube’s party which managed to get only two  parliamentary seats.

Ever since the elections results were announced, the smaller MDC faction has maintained a relatively low profile in Zimbabwe’s usually hot political turf.

When various election observers stampeded to announce their position on the elections including contesting political parties, it took Ncube’s party almost a week f to make their position known.

When everybody thought they would also appeal to the Constitutional Court against the results they did not do so and again they glided back into their cocoons leaving Tsvangirai to fight alone in trying to prove that elections were really stolen.

But the MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu told the Daily News they were a very principled party that does not rush to make public statements without proper scrutiny.

“For the better part of the post-election period we were silent.  It is because as a party we had to sit down and strategise. We were very disturbed by the outcome so when you are angry you do not have to rush to respond. When you finally do so, you make sober comments,” Ndlovu said.

Ndlovu said his party does not make individual decisions hence the need for wide consultations.

“This weekend we are having a standing committee meeting that will be chaired by party president and that will be the first time for us to seat down with the intention of finally mapping the way forward since the end of the elections.

“This meeting actually gives us the right mood for progress after we conducted provincial post-mortem meetings to verify where we really went wrong,” he said.

While some who were quick to say the heavy defeat that MDC suffered spelt its end, the spokesperson had this to say: “That is just wishful thinking from detractors of our party. We are not going anywhere. We are here to stay.”

Ndlovu attributed his party’s defeat to lack of campaigning resources.

“Our weakest point in the elections was the issue of resources.

“We were not as funded as Zanu PF and MDC-T were.  So it was a major setback although we had our shortcomings also as a party,” he explained.

Of late there have been reports of new political parties likely to sprout and merge taking advantage of the loss of Tsvangirai who posed stiff challenge to Zanu PF for the last 14 years.

While some political analysts have called for leadership renewal within the mainstream MDC, some have anticipated an emergence of new political party to face Zanu PF in 2018.

But Ndlovu said his party was going to go it alone right through to the 2018 elections.

“At this stage we are not talking of forming a coalition with any party but strengthening it and correcting where we lost the plot. As for our union with Zapu it was just an electoral pact and now we no longer have any form of unity,” said Ndlovu.

Concerning their  osition on Sadc, the provincial spokesperson said: “We have nothing against Sadc but what we are going to do is to be offensive and raise all the issues we have to them then we will take it from there.”

Comments (8)

MDC with 2.68% it is better to shut up than issue foolish statements like you have done. I can bet you in 2018 you will get the same as Dabengwa's Zapu. I am sure your 2.68% came purely by accident - it was probably MDC-T followers who mistook your MDC for MDC-T. Yours is a hopeless case. The honourable thing to do is to fold and let your miserable members join the main parties. This is abject failure.

Musona - 6 September 2013

They were quiet in anticipation of getting into government through the back door.......POLITICAL PROSTITUTES!!!!

Jambanja - 6 September 2013

Hmmm MDC led by Pof Welshman Ncube is better at list vanofunga. They always talk sense unlike this other one led by yoyos

NANSI LENDODA - 6 September 2013

Nansi ndoda- very good very very good sir, MDC is made of these great thinkers who the Zimbabwean public will have absolutely nothing to do with (2.6%)..Is it maybe time the same MDC started doing rather than just think..Kiplings says it should help a man if "he thinks but not make thoughts his AIM"

gutter poet - 6 September 2013

The Ncube led MDC does not even know that the elections were rigged.To them elections were free and fair that's why they don't complain to anyone,SADC,AU or even ZEC.

chimwango - 6 September 2013

Asi chaizvo chaizvo Ncube aitarisira kuita PRESIDENT, His Excellency, and Commander In Chief of The Zimbabwe Defence Forces! Vanhu veMDC asi maakupenga!

Gatsi Rusere - 6 September 2013

Iwe Weshman Ncube usatinyangadza nekunyebera kufunga zvenhema. Wundundu zuva vhu, kuiyimba mai vachauya nehonye semwana wegarwe. Politics needs action kwete kuramba uchingofunga! Unoti dai Zanu yakada kufunga ingadayi irpo here akomana! funga humhondi hwese huye, kubhuruwayo kwenyu hakuna mvura, iwe wega ndiwe urikushanda kumhuri yose yekwaNcube nekuti hakuna mabasa! unoti dai zanu yaifunga zvose izvi handiti dayi yakadaiyidza vanhu kuti vadzike makambani avo mabasa owanikwa! asi kwete, chinotimba akatosiya imba kuharare neheti yake yeuswa iya akanodzika midzi kubuhera zvino avekufamba nevarwere varumwa nemapere kumusha. Jabukani sibanda haazorore kuMasvingo imwe makatarisa muchingofunga. Muchagara makadero mavhudzi sengundu!

TaTanga - 7 September 2013

Zimbabweans should never take this Ncube guy seriously.He is a joke!

Squarebasher - 7 September 2013

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