Party colours stall Ncube, Biti MDC merger talks

HARARE - Disagreements over the party name and colours are threatening to scupper the union of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC and Tendai Biti’s renewal team, insiders have said.

The parties are set to officially sign a “unity accord” tomorrow to become one political party and start preparing for a joint congress.

While most of the modalities for the merger are in place, insiders from both the Ncube and Biti sides say there still remain grey areas.

The insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biti’s side was keen on having the new party using the “Renewal” while the Ncube side wants to retain their name.

The name of the party would thus be called “MDC renewal” if the proposal is adopted.

However, Ncube is said to have realised that he would be the biggest loser amid fears his party will be “swallowed” given that  the Biti’s camp has been calling itself the MDC renewal team.

To counter the move, Ncube is said to have proposed that the new party adopts green colours to retain his MDC identity, a development insiders say Biti’s camp is uncomfortable with.

“There is a real war raging on over the issues of party colours and name because each side is determined to keep their identities,” said a top official from the Ncube side.

“The renewal guys would want us to think that by using the name MDC we will benefit as if it is not also theirs yet we know they are called MDC renewal so if we allow them to keep that, it is us who would have been swallowed so our green colour must be retained.”

Solomon Madzore, a top official from the Biti side, confirmed that there were issues to do with the name of the party and the colours which are yet to be finalised.

Madzore however, claimed there were no disagreements, adding that the issues will be decided at their inaugural congress next year.

“For now the party will be called the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC)  but come next year when we have our congress, the issue of name and party colours will be decided by the people,” Madzore said.

“We will use both our orange and the MDC guys’ green colours simultaneously  to accommodate everyone until then because there is no need to rush these things now.”

The other issue that has allegedly strained relations and threatens to scupper the merger is allocation of influential posts in the party’s, lower structures.

The renewal side is said to have called for a structure audit of both parties from ward level to determine who has the highest numbers.

The group with the highest numbers in their respective structures would be tasked with allocating positions for the united party, a situation the Ncube-led MDC is reported to be unhappy with as they literally have no structures in Mashonaland provinces.

“We will likely take most of the district and provincial chairpersons posts because we have more numbers as our structures are almost full while the MDC side probably only has structures in Bulawayo,” said a renewal official.

“That gives us an advantage if we manage to push through this method of uniting structures because we also have full structures in Bulawayo as well.”

Ncube’s group  broke ranks with the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai in 2005 over differences on whether or not to participate in that year’s senatorial elections.

The MDC further split in April after Biti and Elton Mangoma unsuccessfully attempted a palace coup on Morgan Tsvangirai, ostensibly to give the party new impetus after the 2013 electoral defeat to Zanu PF.

Comments (24)

Thats waste of time these guys are flops

Ndini uya uya - 25 November 2014

i think dai mapfeka brown,and you call your selves zimbabwe democratic movement,in this case you can claim to be the largest political party ,as evry one with a brown skin will ultimately belong to your party ,and no imperialists will be tagged to you as most are white.zanupf and mdc will become junior parties to yours as you will calime ownership of the Z on Zanu pf,and 3/4 of the letters on MDC as you will claim the "M,D" otherwise you will continue to be nothing ,irrelavant ,unwanted and a party full of scooned prostitutes who fill they should have been recognized as the first wife because they gave their all to have the husband recognized as a man of valour.to make matter worse the public seing as prostitutes that you are will blame you for not using protector plus condoms,in your endeavors to be the first wife ,as such will see you as not being worth of being role models even though you have attacked the husband many times as being worse than you.

chihombori - 25 November 2014

Somebody please help these playful boys and girls and advice them that politics is no child's play. Both parties have had no name since they opted out of the Main stream MDC and they are only realising that now, are they really serious? I wouldn't put my trust and vote on a bunch of playful grown ups who have already started by fighting over petty issues like what color to wear. How will they face the real hurdles ahead, the economy, the power cuts, corruption, low salaries, unemployment, the cash crunch, revival of industries and agriculture, the list is almost endless.

Dr Know - 25 November 2014

Chihombori, you are spot on. Educate them my man.

ashton dziva - 25 November 2014

Use light brown produced by a mixture of Light green and orange. Since Orange seems to be more then it will will be a light brown going to yellow. By the way is this orange the same as the Mazoe Orange Crush?

Beraboy - 25 November 2014

If they start arguing in colours and names, what about the leadership. Welshman will not accept deputy president so will biti. If neither of these power hungry guys does not assume leadership that will be best but they will be thorn in the president still. Their combunation and change of name will hastern their political wilderness before 2018. Let them join hand faster.

annanian - 25 November 2014

If they start arguing in colours and names, what about the leadership. Welshman will not accept deputy president so will Biti. If neither of these power hungry guys does not assume leadership that will be best but they will be thorn in the president still. Their combination and change of name will hastern their political wilderness before 2018. Let them join hand faster. Where is Prof Authur Mtambara.

annanian - 25 November 2014

.....as long as W.Ncube is involved,this party will be a joke..remember Gibson Sibanda..machinda aya haafe akatonga Zimbabwe ..lies and cash game...

kaopa - 25 November 2014

these guys are not serious, they just think of colors and names do they have people who support them? the moment they start to accept that thy are just confused bunch of losers the better

Gunz - 25 November 2014

A bunch of clowns,pretenders,political prostitutes and mercenaries. To think that the people once put their hopes and trust upon these crooks and cheats. The thought of it makes me sick.

mosquito - 25 November 2014

The good thing as Madzore says is that they are abandoning the name MDC and opting for UMDC. Silly charlatans. Viva MaiMujuru

Rudii - 25 November 2014

Mahumbwe aya wakomana Tsvangi ndiro gogodera chete

bryt bgbn - 26 November 2014

Kupedza nguva uku. Green this Orange that zvakambotipa sadza here izvozvo

ndini uya uya - 26 November 2014

Biti and Ncube muri kutamba nenguva yenyu hapana chinobuda join Zanu PF

tree - 26 November 2014

vana biti moshawo zvekuita imi..nemiwo daily news ndidzo news dzamungativerengesa here matakanana kudai??

lol - 26 November 2014

vana biti nancube vari right. morgan haaifanira kupfuura two terms of office like he has done after changing the constitution. once munhu adzidzira ma tricks ekuita handiende moziva kuti munhu iyeye idictator. zvirikuitika muzanu ndizvo zvava kuitika mumdc t. these guys may appear irrelevant but they are showing us that its not always health to keep one person in power for too long. look what has happened to our dear zanu pf party. that should not be repeated in the future. that is what tendai is communicating to us as i see it.

zvirozviyedzwa - 26 November 2014

the socalled new party is dead before it start operating. there is no better brand than Morgan Tsvangirai. See you Biti and Ncube in the dust bin after the next elections.

Brian Chikwati - 26 November 2014

Aaah vakomana ,bvumai kukundikana ,kkkkk muri mu wrong basket saana Bhasikiti,edzai zvimwe izvi zvaramba hazvidi hasha kana kupupira furo munhu achitaura saana B

sinyoro - 26 November 2014

Aaah vakomana ,bvumai kukundikana ,kkkkk muri mu wrong basket saana Bhasikiti,edzai zvimwe izvi zvaramba hazvidi hasha kana kupupira furo munhu achitaura saana Biti.As for Welsh kkkk you are known to be a pretender my brother stop wasting your time.

sinyoro - 26 November 2014

pashaikwa brand raita sa morgan. kabva ndiyoyo hama. achakutungamira kusvika abata makore 100. we are our own enemies. we revere these people too much. thats why they treat us the zanu way. its our own fault if we have only one of a kind then we will be stuck with the person till tati baba. in my view, ushe madzoro. its good advise to tell the guy to pass the baton. soon it would be 20yrs aripanyanga and thereafter, 34yrs. the question is whats the difference with zanu? Answer nil.

zvirozviyedzwa - 26 November 2014

@Zvirozviedzwa, Zimbabwe no longer has time for experiments, mozoita zvirozviedzwa isu tamboisa Save mustate house, we are tired of people who sellout to Zanu Pf. We do not entertain every gook and every person who want to get to the top by other means that avoids the Congress. Mark my words today, these guys will not vote for the President because they know that this will cause dissagreements but they will negotiate instead and try to compromise but know it for real that the hunger for power will be there and vanomukirana futi in the process of time.

Dr Munhuwo - 26 November 2014

Who cares even if you called yourselves sellouts it would be okay because that what you are. I mean who is the donor with money this time? I think that is what you are after.

clement moyo - 27 November 2014

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