THE axing of former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) acting secretary-general, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, is unlikely to have any impact on ongoing re-unification talks between the party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the latter’s vice president, Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo has indicated.
The two parties had assigned their respective secretary-generals to lead teams into the re-unification talks, to be finalised sometime this year, bringing the two parties one step closer into rallying behind a single candidate to stand in the 2018 elections.
Mzila-Ndlovu had led negotiations on the side of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, while the PDP was being represented by Gorden Moyo.
The former has since been replaced by Miriam Mushayi after the MDC leadership passed a “unanimous” vote of no confidence on Mzila-Ndlovu, a fortnight ago.
Mzila-Ndlovu was accused of sleeping behind the wheel in as far as the running of the party’s affairs was concerned.
He was also accused of failing to call meetings of the organs of the party; failure to administer party offices and party affairs among other allegations.
This week, Sipepa-Nkomo said the happenings in their colleagues’ camp was of interest to them, but ruled out the possibility of this having any impact on the talks.
“It will have no impact on the talks; it should not affect the principle of engagement, which we had already begun. It’s only natural that since Mzila-Ndlovu has been removed that someone else takes over,” he said.
“The very fact that we set these committees up is proof of our sincerity. We assigned the secretary generals with their teams to begin talking and they then will bring recommendations to the respective party leaderships,” he added.
It, however, remains uncertain when the actual process of the talks, meant to lead to re-unification, would be finalised.
MDC spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi, said the MDC was happy with the progress it had made so far on the talks.
“We are all preparing the ground for the resumption of those talks hoping to finalise them in time before the 2018 elections. The parties involved are all committed to the fruitful conclusion of the re-unification talks,” he said.
“Everyone is talking to everybody bilaterally, multilaterally and informally and the future looks green,” he added.
Both parties are splinter formations of the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai and each have been adamant in their refusal to bury the hatchet with the former trade unionist.
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