New Zimbabwe (London)

13 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Ex-Minister Moyo Quits Divided MDC-T

FRUSTRATED former state enterprises minister Gorden Moyo resigned as chair of the MDC-T's Bulawayo province Friday saying the beleaguered and bitterly divided party had been "raped by a demon".

"On this day, the 13th of June 2014, I, Gorden Moyo, am stepping down from the office of the chair of Bulawayo province with immediate effect," Moyo said in his resignation letter.

"An angel of darkness has visited our party. We have been raped by a demon and become like the Tower of Babel - full of confusion."

The MDC-T is divided between a group pressing for the removal of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and those backing him to stay put.

Moyo said he submitted his resignation to both factions, explaining that: "I can't pretend there is one MDC and so for avoidance of doubt I wrote to both of them."

Nelson Chamisa, organising secretary for the faction rallying behind Tsvangirai said Moyo's departure was no surprise claiming he only joined the party in order to be appointed a cabinet minister.

"He only joined the party just before the formation of the inclusive Government ... (but) that's the normal life of a party," said Chamisa.

"People choose when to serve and when not to serve. When the vehicle is moving some people jump out to safety at the slightest bump, but we will get to the destination. It's a comfortable development. It's his democratic right."

Meanwhile, Moyo said the MDC-T had betrayed Zimbabweans and lost relevance in the country's politics.

"We are pushing a self-destruction button," he said.

"Given circumstances in the current context, I find it difficult to operate in such an environment where we fight friends and not foes.

"We failed to dislodge Zanu PF as a united MDC, what more as a fragmented party?"

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