The old adage, it never rains but pours seems to be the apt way to describe events unfolding in the MDC faction led by Welshman Ncube as the party continues to lose its influential members.
On Saturday, seven members in the party’s youth provincial leadership structures crossed the floor to join the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu citing a bleak future.
This was preceded by the recent departure of party national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube who quit his position and resigned from the party and barely a month after two top officials — secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and vice chairman Frank Chamunorwa stepped aside from their positions.
Influential youth leader Francis Mufambi who also quit recently described Ncube as a dictator.
The seven were led by the deputy provincial chairperson Iphithile Maphosa, include Ndodana Moyo deputy provincial secretary, Mathus Ncube provincial organising secretary, Lucky Sibanda, secretary for security, Henson Moyo, information secretary, Tafadzwa Manyange, gender secretary and Ackim Mhlanga the Bulawayo South district chairperson.
The youths were officially paraded at the newly-opened Zapu offices in the city where they were welcomed by the provincial leadership.
While announcing their new political ties, the youths took a dig at Ncube whom they accused of having diverted from the real founding ideals of the party.
“In Zimbabwe, there are only two parties that talk about devolution of power which we think is the only way to drive us out of decades of political bondage by Zanu PF,” Maphosa said.
“These two parties are Zapu and the MDC. So when we joined MDC, we had seen the values of democracy but the same values they so much preach about are not followed therefore Ncube has failed the party.
“We felt we couldn’t continue to be part of that system, hence we saw Zapu as the only alternative fertile ground for democratic politics,” he said.
In his welcoming speech, Zapu’s national chairman for the peoples council, Isaac Mabunda, hailed the move by the youths saying it was a bold statement his party was still a force to reckon with on the political front.
MDC Bulawayo provincial chairman, Oscar Ncube confirmed the development but admitted it was not good for the reputation of his party.
“While I cannot deny that, I heard about it but the truth is it’s not yet clear,” Ncube said.
“According to the information I have so far, it’s only three youths who defected and I am yet to verify that.”
He added: “It’s painful to see people leaving the party in that fashion, politics is all about numbers. These things destroy the party.”