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Ncube calls alliance rebels to order

By Wisdom Mumera
In a veiled jab at MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe and her faction, MDC Alliance spokesperson Professor Welshman Ncube has accused politicians causing divisions within the coalition of fighting the will of the people.
The MDC-N leader, who of late has also been caught in a war of words with MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu, alleged that the coalition is a result of the will of the people and politicians should heed that.
“We entered into this agreement in good faith and we are not expected to violate any part of it.
“The alliance of six political parties came into existence after deafening calls from the people for a united opposition. In our view this is a people’s project and any attempt to exhibit signs of fragmentation will be in violation of the alliance agreement,” he said.
For his own party Professor Ncube said, “we can only continue with our internal meetings such as the National Standing Committee, National Council, Provincial structures and others though we have the capacity to hold our own rallies,” said the MDC-N leader.
Ncube whose party was allocated 32 seats has found himself in a constant firefighting battle as fissures within MDC-T are threatening the existence of the coalition as different factions haggle over the issue of the alliance.
A faction reportedly aligned to Khupe has been on record voicing disaffection with the alliance in Matabeleland which it says is already a strong MDC-T stronghold without need for coalition partners.
However others have dismissed that argument citing the need for a united opposition coalition to unseat the Zanu PF government.
Just a few days ago Obert Gutu stated his ambition to contest the for the Harare East constituency in a clear violation of the alliance agreement which has allocated the seat to Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
On the issue of the President, Ncube reiterated that as long as Tsvangirai remains there is no vacancy.
“So far there is no vacancy for chairmanship of the alliance. We cannot talk about succession unless President Morgan Tsvangirai resigns on his own,” he said.
Submission of applications by aspiring candidates in the MDC Alliance, which was opened on the 3rd of January, is reportedly closing on the 31st.
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