By Mkhululi Chimoio
There was pandemonium here as disgruntled MDC-N members pelted their leader, Welshman Ncube, with T-shirts, threw chairs and overturned tables in Soweto on Saturday at a chaotic provincial congress to elect new members in its South African province.
Ncube was in the company of International Relations Secretary, Starlin Mugaradziko.
The disgruntled South Africa-based group, comprising a Zimbabwean constituency that fled the political-economic crisis in the last decade, was led by Diliza Mangoye, the International Relations Youth Secretary, Women’s League member, Sipho Moyo, and Interim Organising Secretary, Gad Mafikizolo Lunga. They accused Ncube and the national leadership of favouritism.
They accused him of stuffing the province with the friends of his son, Wesley, as a thank you for participating at his wedding when he married President Jacob Zuma’s daughter several years ago.
They also accused fellow party members led by NEC member, Jabulani Mkhwanazi, and Provincial Chairman, Leonard Dube, of bussing their friends to the congress to influence the outcome of the election.
“We are actually surprised that our president went on to bless the outcome of the provincial congress after witnessing such a mess. People were bussed in and were allowed to vote even though they were not party card carrying members. We are waiting for the NEC resolution on the issue because those who presided over the purported congress failed us,” said Mangoye.
“We want clarity on where they hired those people from. Branches were not audited before the elections and the accreditation process was never done while the election working document was only given to a few individual.
‘‘As Organising Secretary, I never commissioned any branches amounting to five and now where is that number of 48 Mkhwananzi, Dube and Boweni brought to the congress coming from?” fumed Mafikizolo.
Another dismayed youth who refused to be named reprimanded Ncube for running the party ‘‘like a tuck-shop’’.
“We have been blaming Prime Minister Tsvangirai for causing the split of the MDC but now it’s becoming clear who was at fault,’’ said the youth. He claimed Ncube had catapulted Nqabutho Dube, Nhlanhla Dube and Josh Mhambito top positions in the party because they had helped him topple Arthur Mutambara from the position of party president.
Mkhwananzi disputed claims of unconstitutionalism at the congress, saying the protestors were rabble rousers. The Zimbabwean
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