Ncube, who was the party’s secretary-general, was elected by all provinces including Masvingo which had earlier on led a rebellion by disgruntled delegates who vowed they were still loyal to Mutambara.
Ncube’s deputy is Edwin Mushoriwa who was also elected unopposed into the party’s second most powerful position in a contest where all positions were up for grabs.
Addressing delegates at the congress Mutambara said he had made a voluntary decision not to contest the party,s presidency in the spirit of keeping the MDC unity intact while demonstrating he was a leader of a party that promoted true democracy.
Mutambara who had become unpopular with party supporters over the past two years received a thunderous applause from the floor when he told delegates that he was prepared to be a ordinary card carrying member of the MDC.Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga was elected Secretary-General
She is a veteran of the struggle for women emancipation in Zimbabwe and a founder member of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA).She is also Minister of Regional Integration and International Co-operation.
Former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and war veteran Moses Mzila Ndlovu was elected Deputy Secretary-General.Mzila has also held the position of party provincial chairperson for Matabeleland South. He is currently a Member of Parliament for Bulilima.Veteran politician Paul Themba Nyathi was deployed to the position of Treasurer General.He was the National Director of Elections.PT as he is known in political circles is one of Zimbabwe,s most experienced and respected political administrators.
Theresa Marimazhira was elected Deputy Treasurer General.She was the Secretary-General of the Women’ Assembly having risen through the ranks from the position of secretary of the Midlands Province.Goodrich Chimbaira is the party,s new national chairman.Ncube’s election as party leader changes the party’s name to MDC-N.