By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
24 January 2014
The MDC party led by Welshman Ncube is reportedly facing collapse due to financial problems but officials are denying the reports.
A Friday Daily News report quoted a Bulawayo-based party member saying ‘the end is nigh’ for the party which has since closed seven of its provincial offices.
The official also claimed that Ncube has since disappeared and was nowhere to be seen. The unnamed official said so dire is the situation that members have been told to personally fund the party, which could die if they don’t do so. According to the report the party has closed offices in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Midlands North, Midlands South, Masvingo, Mashonaland West and Manicaland. The official was quoted saying the party had not only closed most of its provincial offices but some workers had already been retrenched.
The party, which did not win a single seat during last year’s elections, plunged into internal squabbles after the poll. Members from Matabeleland South accused the executive of imposing Secretary General Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga on the province. The squabble led to the expulsion of some members, including the provincial chairperson Petros Mukwena. As if that was not enough, the party’s national director of policy and research, Qhubani Moyo, also resigned at that time.
But in an interview with SW Radio Africa MDC spokesman, Nhlanhla Dube, scoffed at the reports. Dube said: ‘There is nothing like that. I am the spokesperson and so anyone who purports to be speaking about the party without being confident enough to disclose their name is just a phantom.’ He added: ‘I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is nowhere in the operation of the party where we have failed or are failing because of lack of funds.’
Dube also denied claims that Ncube has disappeared. He said such claims ‘can only come from people who walk around with their eyes and ears closed’ because Ncube has addressed ‘countless’ party meetings since the last election.