In a letter addressed to the party’s Secretary General, Welshman Ncube and copied to the party’s President Arthur Mutambara, the seven councilors accused the party’s top leadership of dictatorship and arrogance.
“We, the undersigned councilors inform you of our decision to resign from and dissociate ourselves with your party and join the MDC –T party.
“Our decision has been necessitated by a number of blunders and poor strategies by the leadership of this party. We strongly feel the aims and founding values of the party have been compromised,” reads part of the letter which is in Radio VOP’s possession.
Some of the councilors who have abandoned Mutambara’s party are Cornelious Nyathi (ward one), Norman Ncube (ward 7), Irene Ncube (ward three), Court Ndlovu (ward five) and Mtshumayeli Ndlovu of ward 14.
Two months ago, 16 councillors from Lupane East sympathetic to the sacked former MP for the area Njabuliso Mguni also resigned from the party accusing the party’s leadership of dictatorship and wining and with Zanu (PF). Nkayi councilors were also believed to be sympathetic to Abedinco Bhebhe, the former MP of the area, who was also sacked by the party along side Bulilima East MP Norman Mpofu, who deserted from the party in May this year.
There were fears that other MDC-M councilors from Gwanda, Hwange and Tsholotsho were also planning to leave the party.
When reached for comment the party’s Bulawayo spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu accused the Tsvangirai led MDC of bribing the councilors so that they can leave the party.
“As a party we are aware of the approach used by MDC-T on our councilors. They were bribed and promised a lot of money to join MDC-T,” he alleged.
However the MDC’s national deputy spokesperson Tabitha Khumalo dismissed Ndlovu’s allegations.
“I would like to stress that MDC –T is a people driven party. We do not believe in the politics of splashing out money to lure supporters,” said Khumalo.