Ncube's MDC wakes up from slumber

HARARE - Welshman Ncube’s MDC is waking up from its deep slumber after the devastating July 31 poll defeat, and promises to soldier on with the political struggle for democratic change.

Nhlanhla Dube, the party’s spokesperson, said in a statement that his party held a standing committee meeting over the weekend which resolved that Zanu PF has to be taken head-on.

“The standing committee reaffirmed the party’s values and principles, thereby recommitting itself to the continuation of the political struggle in the background of the July 31 election in which Zanu PF declared itself victorious by hook and crook,” Dube said.

Ncube, together with other opposition parties suffered a crushing loss at the hands of president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF, with Ncube’s party failing to garner even a single electoral seat. In the wake of the defeat, several senior members have been quitting, leaving the party heavily exposed.

However, Dube said his party has used the post-election period to introspect.

“The MDC’s programme of action post-July 31 election has been one of introspection, reflection and consultation with party structures, members, supporters and stakeholders nationally,” he said.

Zanu PF has so far failed and his party has resolved to confront the former liberation movement, he said.

“The standing committee noted that nine months after the elections, the issues that confront Zimbabwe remain insurmountable,” Dube said. “The reality is that the Zanu PF victory has been a loss to Zimbabwe’s economic progress and this is more glaring now than at any other time as the economy continues to deteriorate to the levels of 2008.

“The high levels of corruption, unethical salaries awarded to CEOs of quasi Zanu PF parastatals, the ever declining work ethic of the spike-throwing ZRP, liquidity crisis, heightened unemployment which have all exacerbated the decline in the quality of life for ordinary Zimbabweans, is a reality which as MDC we will confront with all that we have.”

Dube said the smaller MDC party has resolved to fill vacant positions after senior officials such as former director of policy, research and coordination Qhubani Moyo, former director of international relations and external structures Sondon Mugaradziko and national executive members Edward Mkhosi, and Siyabonga Ncube, amongst others, quit.

Sam Mlilo, who was secretary of education now becomes the director of policy, research and coordination.

Former national deputy secretary for information and publicity, Kurauone Chihwayi becomes secretary for international relations and external structures.

Former Gwanda municipality mayor, Lionel De Necker, becomes secretary for local government.

Comments (18)

Ncube's party only wakes up in the fertile imagination of its spokesman. Ncube himself is fast asleep and has hardly uttered any word since July 31. The MDC - Ncube fellows are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder emanating from the Nikuved 31 July 2013 elections.

Bornfirst Dzikira - 9 April 2014

In MDC we have Tendai Biti and in ZANU we have Jonathan Moyo--just what the Doctor ordered, a balanced diet. Ncube's MDC and Mangoma's faction are junk food bad for our health.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 9 April 2014

these guys if the truth be told have a vision, however theirs will be fullfilled through hard work and humility. they dont even need to mention parties like mdc-t in their fight. there should be careful not to fight them but zanu. mugabe will hate it to notice that ncube and his mdc are still alive.

s - 9 April 2014

iwe ncube enda uno joiner tsvangirai kwete kuswero tipedzera nguva neka party kasina kwakanoenda. tinoda string opposition kwete tuma group group tusinan msoro

bee - 9 April 2014

there is only one part ZANU PF PUPPETS have no place in zimbabwe things will be fine

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maintenance solutions - 9 April 2014

even if all is said and done. lets not forget to pray for our beloved country.

mou - 9 April 2014

Nhlanhla Dube is a fascinating person. You should take over from the hapless NCUBE and I will join your party.

Gogodera - 9 April 2014

I am amused whenever newspapers say MDC suffered 'a crushing defeat at the hands of ZANU.PF'. Winning by cheating is not exactly my idea of CRUSHING. Eish!

Rejoice Ngwenya - 9 April 2014

When it comes to MDC-T the election was rigged but when it comes to MDC they suffered a "crushing defeat at the hands of ZANU". Those who practise this language dont see anything wrong with it, the irony is lost on them.

Galore 123 - 9 April 2014

After the election results were announced and others (MDC-T) were making noises & wasting a lot of money running to courts to get the results set aside, Prof Ncube said they (MDC) dont see the point because you will be effectively appealing to the same people who are claiming the victory. he said as MDC they will go back to the drawing board and then come back to fight another day. So where is the slumber? Herald style of reporting has no place in the objective independent press. There is plenty to criticise in MDC or any political movement for that matter without resorting to such gutter press tactics.

Galore 123 - 9 April 2014

They now want to fight ZANU Pf, but before the 2013 elections they were busy fighting Tsvangirai thinking that they were going to get some votes by doing that. Hope they have now realized the enemy to fight against is ZANU PF.

Inizvangu - 9 April 2014

ncube you are disgrace..when yr bros and sis in byo fails to trust you ,,who then do u expect to vote you into power? introspect yourself

nodza - 9 April 2014

Hail the Green Machine! Hail MDC! Hail Welshman Ncube! No matter how many Shona tribalistic insults are thrown at you - you never bend; Bayethe Mathonsi; Bayethe! Viva. The revival of the MDC Green machine gives us hope that we indeed will eventually have genuine democracy that meets the interest of every citizen in our country. We want UNITY IN DIVERSITY. We dont want UNITY BY WAY OF ASSIMILATION into Shona identities, as desired by ZANU PF and MDC-T. We want Devolution; not Bambazonke politics; Bambazonke economics; Bambazonke social life; Bambazonke ZBCTV; Bambazonke everything. We are all Zimbabweans - we should learn to respect each other and our differences. We want true democracy, that protects minorities and their rights; not just majorities!!!

PROUDLY-STUBBORNLY-MTHWAKAZI-FOR-LIFE - 10 April 2014

Tribalism and name calling shows the level of maturity in a person. All of you people out there who want to lure followers by your vitriolic name calling stop it. Zimbabweans are level headed and whoever thinks any particular tribe owns Zimbabwe you are hell bound. Only a united people will qualify for the blessings of the Lord. Any party that strives on tribal lines will suffer the people's disdain.

Regalia - 10 April 2014

Phunyukabemphethe where are you kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!! Have you not woken from your deep slumber like your President? Kkkkkkkkkkkk.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 11 April 2014

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