By Nyembezi Khumalo
Bulawayo,October 24, 2013 –The MDC party led by Professor Welshman Ncube has allegedly been forced to suspend or rollback its programmes pending the stabilisation of its financial position.
MDC members told Radio VOP that some planned programmes are being suspended, postponed or shelved altogether over funding shortfalls at a time when squabbles and infighting is bedeviling the party.
“The party is no longer funding programmes as it used to and members are either now forced to sacrifice and use their monies when they want to meet,” said one party member.
Another party member added: “Things have never been the same after the elections. Everything is at a standstill since there are no report back meetings to ordinary members on the future of the party.”
Edwin Ndlovu, the MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson told Radio VOP that the party is no longer funding each and every planned programme but is prioritising on ‘only the important ones.’
“What happens after the elections is that people go back to the drawing board to do a postmortem of what transpired.
“That is also the same with the party and that is the reason why we are prioritising important programming not each and every programme,” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu however said no party employee will be retrenched like what happened with former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party “because we were not overstaffed and had many volunteers.”
The MDC-T party recently retrenched close to 100 of its employees citing financial challenges.
Both Tsvangirai and Ncube’s parties lost the July harmonised elections to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party after being coalition government partners for almost five years.
Asked what the future holds for the party after the elections, Ndlovu said: “We are encouraging members to continue working for the party.”
The Ncube-led MDC party faces infighting and squabbling amid calls by party members for their secretary general, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga to be recalled from Parliament. Party members have said Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who is in Parliament on a proportional representation ticket was imposed on them by the leadership.
Just recently, the MDC director of policy and research Qhubani Moyo quit the opposition party, saying he was leaving politics to channel his focus on the academia amid speculation that he might be joining President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party after being lured by Information, Media Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Jonathan Moyo.