Ncube reverts to farming after election disaster

HARARE - Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC, has turned to farming after dismally losing  the July 31 elections.

Ncube polled 2.68 percent in a presidential election that saw President Robert Mugabe winning 61 percent of the vote to claim a seventh term as president, while opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai finished second with 34 per cent.

Since then, Ncube, who was ubiquitous on social media platforms tweeting on a daily basis before the polls, has gone into hibernation.

Efforts to get comment from the former law lecturer have proved futile as he no longer picks up his phone or responds to messages sent to him on social media.

But, party officials say Ncube is spending most of his time at his farm in Lower Gweru.

The Daily News yesterday phoned Ncube several times and even sent him an SMS but the MDC leader did not reply or return our calls.

Kurauone Chihwayi, MDC deputy spokesperson, denied that Ncube has deserted the party and retreated to farming.

“That is hogwash and baseless,” fumed Chihwayi. “Prof Ncube is available and accessible. He has been in and out of the country on party business.”

Pressed to reveal the whereabouts of Ncube, Chihwayi said: “It is none of your business to know every move that Ncube makes. He is around the country and meeting up with the people.”

A top party source said: “The reason why Ncube is not picking up his phone is that he is at the farm. He will be busy with farm work and has no time to attend to the phone.

“He now spends most of his time at the farm and the network in that area is not good. We have also been trying to contact to him and he has not been taking our calls.”

The party has been faltering since the harmonised polls, and is rocked by widening divisions after disgruntled members called for the re-calling of secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga from the National Assembly, insisting that her nomination was not proper.

The party has dissolved its Pumula district structures, accusing them of failing to respect the party’s leadership. Also, the beleaguered party fired Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Petros Mukwena over allegations of spearheading a recall of Misihairabwi-Mushonga from the National Assembly.

To add more woes, the party’s former director of policy Qhubani Moyo recently quit saying he is disillusioned about the party recovering from the landslide loss. He is mulling joining Zanu PF.

Comments (9)

What an idea make use of the land cause pple are starving, maybe unotozopawo ZANU PF zvaurikurima.

Hazvie - 30 October 2013

Welshman's life appears to have tumbled into a sewage pond. How can a professor and leader of a party be so busy with farm work not to answer a simple call from a journalist? I can imagine Welshman wearing a patched pair of shorts carrying a hoe into his field. How the mighty have fallen!

Mbuzvambuzva - 30 October 2013

'...out in the country on party business'...on what business in a party that GOT less than 3 % of votes?Ncube is actually nursing his great pompous ego that suffered near mortal injuries on the hours after midnight July31.The man made himself out to be a political tsunami but only to turn out to be a weak and soundless fart.Amen.

mascara - 30 October 2013

Zimbabwean politics is only for election time. The next time constituents see politicians of all shades will be next election. Isnt it funny that the same people who laugh at Ncube's demise are the same people who speak of a rigged/stolen election? If the election was indeed rigged then it follows that the much touted <3% vote is not something gloat about.

Mogulls - 30 October 2013

I pray and hope that Prof Ncube will one day come to his senses and apologize to his fellow co founders of the MDC party. His selfishness and ego has cost Zimbos who are in desperate need of freedom. His actions has benefited Zanu PF and he needs to come clean. This happened twice in 2008 and 2013. And in 2013 if you look at the amount of votes Welshman got and those of MDC T put together they were going to be more than what MPs from Zanu PF got in Matebeland South. Let us give him time at least he is doing something sensible with his time may god bless him.

Gwenaz - 30 October 2013

i am a worker at his farm. network inonetsa inobata pasport iri seri kedura, so anoisiya paanoenda kumunda. air time inonetsa uye mari yeairtime haisikubatika kuti aite return your calls. fonai manheru

farm worker - 30 October 2013

This is hogwash for sure. What is wrong with Welshman being at his farm. Inga Gushungo vanaro wani farm ravo reGushungo dairy? So what? If any leader does not have a farm, ndezvake izvo. Daily News be serious with your kind of reporting and if this is what you call journalism, then journalism is no longer worth being called so and has gone to the digs

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BENEFITS - 31 October 2013

I do not agree with people blaming Welshman for the MDC split - a vote was taken, other people decided to to respect the outcome. How does that end up his fault..?? The highest office in the party failed to keep the party together - they still fail to take anywhere even to this very day. They are unlikely to take it anywhere anytime soon.

fokolo - 31 October 2013

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