MDC renewal team chairman ditches party

HARARE - The MDC renewal team has been thrown in turmoil after provincial chairman Kucaca Phulu tendered his resignation.

Phulu, a renowned lawyer-cum-politician, reportedly tendered his resignation to the national chairman Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo on Friday.

MDC renewal team provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu yesterday confirmed the development to the Daily News.

“Phulu resigned from his position as a provincial chairman but will remain a card-carrying member of the party,” Ndlovu said.

“As a senior partner in a law firm, Phulu cited pressure at work as he was needed there full time as well as prepare for the launch of the UMDC and congress later this year.

“It was going to be difficult for him to continue serving these two organisations fully.”

Phulu was unreachable for comment. But sources close to him told the Daily News that he was forced to quit active politics after donors funding his organisation, Abameli Lawyers for Human Rights, objected to his participation in politics.

The departure of Phulu comes at a time MDC renewal team and the Welshman Ncube-led MDC have joined forces to form what they view as a formidable united MDC to challenge Zanu PF’s stranglehold on power.

Last week, former MDC Senator for Tsholotsho, Believe Gaule defected from MDC to Zanu PF.

“As a province, we want to thank him for his services as our chairman who did his work diligently and professionally,” Ndlovu said.

“Although the party has many committed cadres, it will be difficult to replace him. The standards he set will be difficult to follow. His servant leadership will be missed as a chairman.”

Ndlovu, however, said the province would soon call a provincial council meeting to elect a new chairperson.

Phulu, once a close ally of mainstream MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, crossed the floor due to disgruntlement.

At one point, he was in the running for the Bulawayo mayoral post but fell by the wayside after Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said non-councillors were ineligible.

Comments (15)

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HAPANA HAPANA - 13 January 2015

Leaving or staying - who cares about puru puru. Wati

watikirito - 13 January 2015

Card carrying member of which party? Is the so called MDC-Renewal registered as a party? so if not, how can you resign from a non existent party.as far as we are concerned Renewal is a rebel movement within MDC-T ranks.They are afraid to register cause they will lose political relevance fast like ANC,MDC-N,MAVAMBO,MDC-99 just to mention a few!!!

todiizvazvo - 13 January 2015

Sorry i meant NAC-Madhuku

todiizvazvo - 13 January 2015

Zvekuzoti card carrying member ndipo panonakidza ivo vasina ma cards and membership register haro kkkk. Ibvai apa.

maita - 13 January 2015

USELESS MDC in short UMDC is going no way even if they stay for now the last time will here of them is after next national elections .Their agender is known to try and spoil votes in fever of their creator and master zanu which zimbabweans know and will not support.

Diibulaanyika - 13 January 2015

@dubulaanyika you are right mdc including t will soon be history. well said.

zvirozviyedzwa - 14 January 2015

Where is this so called RENEWAL TEAM?I thought they were just a group of SELL OUTS.Sori kwazvo, you can not sell a human being let alone the whole nation. JUDAS ISCARRIOT BOUGHT HIS OWN DEATH BY HIS BLIND LOVE FOR MONEY.Hokoyo Biti mose ne shamwari dzako.

KUZVIFADZA - 14 January 2015

Nothing meaningful from Zvirozviyedzwa.He always hates MDC T for exposing ZANU PF's failures, corruption&violence. Anyway,everyone's entitled to their own opinion but no civilized person can support the eviction of helpless,innocent fellow blacks from a farm to pave way for animals&claim that land reform is a success.

TAKABVIRA KARE - 14 January 2015

kkkkkk a party without membership cards ,kkkkkk aya ndiwo matope chaiwo,Hezvoko zvatanga zvekuona chaedza nechokwadi pahutungamiriri hwa Ncube na Biti,hezvoko bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

sinyoro - 14 January 2015

@zvirozwiyedza what right you? are so illiterate that you can not understand what I said that useless mdc umdc is heading no way. And then you come in hallucinating about mdc t stupid zanu thug. You must stop eating shiite neh.

Diibulaanyika - 14 January 2015

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