THE unification process between two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations led by Welshman Ncube and Sekai Holland has been suspended indefinitely.
In a statement on Friday the Ncube-led MDC national spokesperson, Josua Mhambi, said despite this ‘setback’ his party was however still committed to re-unification, a process that started and ended with a memorandum of understanding that has now come to naught six months after it was signed.
“The MDC advises its members and supporters that we have been informed by our colleagues in MDC Renewal, that they have suspended their participation in the reunification processes and roadmap as contained in the Reunification Agreement signed between and by the two parties on 26 November 2014, and elected instead to go to their own Congress to resolve their leadership questions,” read Mhambi’s statement.
“The MDC accepts and fully respects their decision and wishes them well in their programs. The MDC will remain focused on its priority programs on party building and mobilization. The leadership of the MDC remains fully committed to the reunification of the two MDC formations and to the building of a broader coalition of democrats to collectively address the challenges which confront our country,” he said.
This week the Financial Gazette reported that the re-unification process between Ncube’s MDC and Holland’s MDC Renewal team the two splinter Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations led by Welshman Ncube and Sekai Holland was heading for the rocks after MDC Renewal appeared to be developing cold feet.
Earlier this week Mhambi had indicated that the process had actually been parked.
“We thought we would leave them to sort out their mess and after that we would resume where we had left off. To our surprise, the MDC Renewal Team has been issuing statements about going to congress via the media without any official communication to us. By implication, one feels that they are repudiating efforts to unite and we are now at a point where we are saying what is happening?” were Mhambi’s earlier comments before the latest official position.
Despite MDC Renewal Team national chairman, Sipepa Nkomo, having also earlier indicated his party’s full commitment to the process, the process seems to have come to its logical conclusion.