The MDC faction led by Industry and Commerce minister Welshman Ncube, which is embroiled in a leadership wrangle with the Arthur Mutambara-led group, has started rebuilding its grassroots structures as it prepares for the constitutional referendum and elections expected later this year.
The party’s Bulawayo spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu told NewsDay that over the weekend the party began introducing the newly-elected leadership to their structures.
“You will realise that party supporters were able to attend the congress as from district level. We therefore had to go back to the branches and wards, meet people in their houses and introduce the new leadership to them. We are explaining to them what took place at the congress and what is happening at the moment in the party,” he said.
“We will be doing this until mid-March and from there we will be gearing up for elections. In September we may have a referendum poll and the elections later. However, if the constitutional exercise is rounded up faster, we will have the elections in September this year,” he said.
Ndlovu said the party’s deputy secretary-general, Moses Mzila Ndlovu, was spearheading the exercise.
The party has been in turmoil over the last three weeks as Mutambara and Welshman Ncube jostle for power.
The standoff, which has been dubbed “the MDC
circus” has since spilled into the courts.
Former leader Mutambara is challenging Ncube’s recent ascendancy to the presidency of the party.
Ncube fired Mutambara for disobedience and the former in turn expelled the latter.
Mutambara, who is enjoying the backing of some Zanu PF stalwarts, is reportedly mulling axing ministers who entered the inclusive government through the MDC-M.