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MDC renewal team chairman ditches party

Jeffrey Muvundusi

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

Kucaca Phulu
Kucaca Phulu

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 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. Daily News