Former MDC secretary general Moses Mzila Ndlovu says he was removed from his post following suspicions that he wanted to topple party leader Welshman Ncube.
Mzila Ndlovu has described as misleading remarks attributed to the party that he was relieved of his duties due to incompetence.
Mzila Ndlovu told Studio 7 on Monday that said his removal from the position of MDC secretary general has nothing to do with failing to carry out his duties in the party.
While saying that he doesn’t view himself as being victimised, he said the real reason for his removal from the party post was that Ncube was blaming him for the disgruntlement that party members have expressed over his leadership.
Mzila Ndlovu admitted that he would have accepted the nomination to stand as president at the forthcoming MDC congress.
The MDC announced the sacking of Mzila Ndlovu from the position of secretary general over the weekend, saying he was incompetent and had failed to perform the duties expected of his post.
But Mzila Ndlovu said Ncube used his position to instigate his firing because of personal differences that exist between them. He added that like most leaders of Zimbabwean politics, Ncube does not brook any opposing view and is dictatorial in his leadership.
Efforts to get comment from Ncube were fruitless as he was said to be busy attending various meetings. But in a brief statement in response to Mzila Ndlovu’s assertions, MDC spokesperson Kurauwone Chihwayi maintained that the former national healing minister had been dumped because he didn’t understand the duties of secretary general.
In an interview with a local newspaper, Chihwayi said Mzila Ndlovu was “a pathological liar without any traces of shame.”
Mzila Ndlovu became the latest senior member to leave the MDC following the departure of the then national spokesperson Joshua Muhambi last year.
This had been preceded by the departure of former spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube and the stepping down of Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga from the post of secretary general. Some observers see the party as on the verge of collapse.
Mzila Ndlovu said his options remain open but he ruled out the chance of ever working with Ncube again saying he would only associate with people who share his belief in the principles of democracy.
The developments in the MDC come at a time when Zimbabweans are expressing disgruntlement with opposition parties over their failure to offer any meaningful solutions to the country’s social economic and political crisis.