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Daggers out for MDC leader Mutambara


MDC leader, Arthur Mutambara, has described discussions taking place within his party and comments by his party’s secretary general Welshman Ncube that there are prospects of a new leadership structure as “utter nonsense”.
The robotics professor has been at the helm of the smaller faction of the MDC since 2006 when he was jettisoned into leadership to dabble in Zimbabwe’s treacherous political waters.
MDC insiders say the kingmakers in the party include Ncube, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Fletcher Dulini Ncube, and the party’s vice president, Gibson Sibanda.
Mutambara, widely seen in political circles as a paper tiger took a swipe at this reporter when contacted for comment.
He said: “I’m very busy my brother at the moment. I thought you have questions on other important issues of national interest. I’ve no time to discuss nonsense such as what you are asking me about.
“Get more important issues and call me, not that nonsense,” and the phone went dead.
However, insiders said the game had begun and it was clear Ncube was in charge as the defacto leader of the party.
“Mutambara has just been there and has done nothing that one can hold tangibly.
“For instance, he has not set foot at the office for the last eight months. He is claiming that he has a national problem to attend to.
“He is so arrogant that people cannot even advise him,” said the party source.
Prospects are high that he could be thrown into the dustbins of history when his party holds its congress next year. Ncube is tipped to become the party’s new president.
Other MDC members expected to occupy new positions include current chairperson, Joubert Mudzumwe as vice president, former Chitungwiza legislator, Goodrich Chimbaira as the party’s chairman.
Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga, seen as a close ally of Ncube in MDC politics, is tipped to take over the secretary-general’s post where she would be deputised by Qhubani Moyo, a former campaign agent for Tsholotsho legislator, Jonathan Moyo.
It is not yet clear who is set to be the new treasurer as the party has to contend with choosing between former elections director, Paul Themba Nyathi and Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister, David Coltart.
Given the lackadaisical approach that Mutambara has shown with regard to the handling of party issues, it is said his handlers- a few members of the national executive, believe he is now a liability, the source said.
This has resulted in manoeuvres to push out the former student leader.

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