By Sij Ncube
Bulawayo, February 17, 2015 – Priscilla Misihairabwi –Mushonga has sensationally quit as the secretary general of the Welshman Ncube led MDC formation amid revelations she has succumbed to internal bickering within the party.
Since her nomination as the MDC candidate under proportional representation in 2013 for Matabeleland South, Misihairabwi-Mushonga has faced a barrage of opposition from membership in the region who preferred a local person.
The MDC general membership charged that she was not domiciled in Matabeleland South and did not stay in the region although she was related to the late first ceremonial president of Zimbabwe, the late Canaan Banana.
There have also been allegations she had been complicity in the on-going negotiations between the MDC and the MDC renewal team, much to the chagrin of Ncube.
Edwin Mushoriwa, the MDC Deputy President, announced her resignation in a statement to Radio VOP late Tuesday.
Mushoriwa said in an article published on 15 January 2015 in The Financial Gazette, Misihairabwi –Mushonga announced to the public that within a period of a few weeks from that date she would be making a decision as to whether she would continue to play a central role in the party.
“It is with regret that we advise members of the party and the general public that on Thursday, 12 February 2015, Hon. Priscilla Misihairabwi -Mushonga tendered to the President of the party, Prof Welshman Ncube, her written resignation from the position of Secretary General with immediate effect,” he said.
“The Presidency has accepted this resignation and hopes that Hon. Misihairabwi -Mushonga will continue in her other roles in which she was deployed by the party, such as her role in Parliament. On behalf of the leadership and membership of the party, we sincerely thank Hon. Misihairabwi -Mushonga for the outstanding and committed service that she rendered to the party in her capacity as Secretary General since her election to that position in February 2011.”
Analysts canvassed by Radio VOP said her resignation was expected after hinting in her interview with the financial weekly that dabbling in politics has been tumultuous for her liking.