Ncube insists a united MDC not possible

Welshman Ncube answering questions at a meeting in Bulawayo

By Alex Bell
11 October 2012

The leader of the smaller MDC faction in Zimbabwe’s government, Welshman Ncube, has again insisted that his party will not unite with the faction led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Ncube was speaking at a meeting in Bulawayo on Thursday and answering questions posed by members of the public. One of the questions was about the possibility of a strong, united MDC party to take on ZANU PF at the forthcoming elections.

But according to SW Radio Africa’s correspondent Lionel Saungweme Ncube said this will not happen.

“People who came to the meeting are worried about the prospect of opposition to ZANU PF and going into an election divided. They asked Professor Ncube whether he could seek reconciliation or form a coalition with the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai to remove ZANU PF,” Saungweme said.

Saungweme said that Ncube reiterated his previous comments that he is not going to be working with the MDC-T come elections.

“His reasoning is that there is no different between Morgan Tsvangirai and Mugabe and he says change should not be change for the sake of change alone. But it must be change that is better than Mugabe,” Saungweme said.

He added that the concern about a divided MDC is strong among many Zimbabweans, who are worried that some form of united party will be best to take on ZANU PF at the next elections.

“It is a clarion call and there seem to be a dire need. It is a source of worry for many people and I think for many Zimbabweans,” Saungweme said.

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