The MDC renewal team has officially broken away from the MDC-T and on Sunday joined hands with Professor Welshman Ncube’s party to launch the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).
The new party, the UMDC was launched at Stanely Square in Bulawayo amid promises by the new party’s leaders that they will not work with Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.
UMDC is expected to hold its inaugural congress in October 2015.
Leadership positions in the new party will be shared equally between the Professor Ncube’s group and the Sekai Holland formation.
Co-National Chairman, Samuel Siphepha Nkomo told the gathering that the UMDC will not work with the MDC-T, lambasting Tsvangirai as a power hungry individual.
Professor Ncube also accused Tsvangirai of abandoning the party’s ideology that defined the party at its formation in September 1999.
“This is not a coalition, but a strong political institution,” said Professor Ncube.
Under the caretaker leadership structure, Professor Ncube and Holland will be Co-Presidents while Tendai Biti and Moses Mzila Ndlovu will be Co-Secretary Generals.
Siphepha Nkomo and Goodrich Chimbaira will be Co-Chairmen.
The new party also brings together members of the original MDC that split in 2005 over disagreements on whether to participate in senatorial elections or not.