By Nompumelelo Moyo
Bulawayo, October 1, 2013 – Qhubani Moyo, the Welshman Ncube’s led MDC party’s director of research and policy coordination and a losing parliamentary candidate for Insiza North constituency has resigned from the party, barely three months after the July harmonised elections.
Moyo confirmed the resignation in a telephone interview with Radio VOP on Monday evening and indicated that he would now pursue academic opportunities.
“I have resigned from MDC to focus on other issues l feel l am good at for the betterment of serving my region,” said Moyo.
He added that his resignation from Ncube’s party, which christened itself as the “Green Team” toward the July harmonized elections, must not yield negative speculations or ill-informed rumors as he was now focusing on other things.
“I want to write books and research on the behavior of voting patterns. I want to move on a full time academic space and contribute positively for the benefit of my nation,” said Moyo
“I have taken a political sabbatical to concentrate on other avenues of contributing to the development of Zimbabwe. I will spend most of my time doing academic research trying to understand the voting preferences of the people of Matabeleland and what influences them,” he said.
Moyo thanked Ncube for the role he played in mentoring him in politics.
“I have great respect for Professor Ncube and remain indebted to him for mentoring me. I wish him and the party the best,” added Moyo.
Currently, Moyo is a part-time lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
MDC Treasurer, Paul-Themba Nyathi confirmed to Radio VOP that Moyo had resigned to take full time academic opportunities.
“It’s true that Moyo has resigned to look for a full time job in government,” said Nyathi.
However, some MDC supporters who spoke to Radio VOP about Moyo’s resignation expressed shock and described him as a sellout and coward politician who is a political prostitute.
“We are highly informed that Moyo has left the party to work with Professor Jonathan Moyo. He is also close to Professor Moyo because the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister was his lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe,” said Leonard Nhliziyo.
Moyo lost in the July elections where he contested for a parliamentary seat in Insiza North on an MDC party ticket.
“Moyo is a coward and a political prostitute, why resign? If he had won the elections was he going to resign, he has shown that he is not a good politician, and it is good riddance,” said Nhliziyo.
Moyo is also the founder of Radio Dialogue in Bulawayo and many other institutions. He also contributed immensely in the writing of MDC 2013 manifesto and other party policy documents.
His last party assignment was in South Africa when he represented his party during the Crisis Coalition symposium held early last month where he presented a paper during a discussion entitled “50 Points on the state of the constitution making process in Zimbabwe”.