Harare, February 07, 2016 – Former National Healing minister Moses Mzila–Ndlovu has been ousted as acting secretary general in the Welshman Ncube led MDC for alleged incompetence.
This follows a party national standing committee meeting held Saturday in Bulawayo.
The meeting also sought to review the party’s progress in efforts to restore its yesteryear position as a competitive force in the country’s dog-eat-dog politics and also put plans for an elective congress due sometime this year.
However, the meeting claimed the scalp of the outspoken Mzila Ndlovu who has allegedly failed to revive the party’s waning fortunes during his tenure.
“The Standing Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the Acting Secretary General, Moses Mzila Ndlovu,” party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said in a state.
“The vote of no confidence is a culmination of profound dissatisfaction with the Acting Secretary General’s failure to perform virtually all the functions of his office, including failure to call meetings of the organs of the party, failure to administer party offices and party affairs, failure to put in motion and prepare the processes for the conduct of the party’s elective congress due this year and failure to implement the decisions of the Standing Committee.”
Mzila Ndlovu replaced Matebeleland South MP Priscilla Misihairabwi who was forced to resign in a storm last year following reported clashes with party leader Ncube on how to approach the party’s abortive merger with Tendai Biti’s PDP.
During his tenure as acting secretary general, Mzila Ndlovu is said to have has failed to “competently, efficiently and effectively conduct party affairs and generally failed to measure up to the demands of his office which have included complete dereliction of duty”.
The MDC, an offshoot of the original MDC formed in 1999, has, since the 2005 split, experienced waning fortunes which have seen grassroot support dwindle while some top party officials have been ditching it to join other parties.
However, during its meeting in Bulawayo, the beleaguered party vowed to crack the whip on its remaining members found engaging in activities contrary to its ambitions.
Said Chihwayi, “The Standing Committee noted that there were a few members of the leadership within the National Executive Committee who have of late engaged in nefarious activities contrary to the party constitution and calculated to undermine the interests of the party, and resolved to refer these individuals to the National Disciplinary Committee in terms of the party constitution to be dealt with in accordance with the available evidence.”