New Zimbabwe (London)

Zimbabwe: MDC Insists It Remains United, Strong

THE MDC party says it remains united and strong despite its woeful performance in the July 31 elections which was followed by the departure of key officials and reports of serious financial problems.

Top officials who have left the party include former Insiza South MP and national executive council member, Siyabonga Malandu Ncube, former research and policy director Qhubani Moyo and secretary for international relations Sondon Mugaradziko.

However in a statement at the weekend, deputy national spokesman Kurauone Chihwayi said the party remained strong and committed to challenging President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

"Contrary to some misleading press reports regarding the state of the Movement for Democratic Change, we are pleased to inform media houses, our supporters and members that the party is alive, intact and financially sound to continue with its political programmes," he said.

"The MDC is a death and storm resistant political party with adequate machinery to wrestle state house keys from Zanu PF's Robert Mugabe.

"The MDC family is also pleased to announce to its supporters and members that the party is in one piece and currently working on a plan of action that will shake and shock election fraudsters and those working on our demise.

"Party leader Professor Welshman Ncube is still in control of the party and doing everything possible to motivate, energise and empower the MDC troops ahead of future political processes. Professor Ncube does not have any plan to retreat or surrender.

"We are an organisation that respects freedom of the press, freedom of association and freedom of speech (But we) would like to put it on record that reports of fragmentation, internal rifts and extinction are baseless, exaggerated and fictitious."

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