The Simba Makoni-led Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) party has attacked Zanu PF, Zapu and the Welshman Ncube-led MDC for allegedly being insincere on the development of Matabeleland.
The MKD launched its Bulawayo interim provincial structures at the weekend and said it was too late for Zanu PF bigwigs from Matabeleland to form committees to oversee developmental projects in the region. MKD Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Dyke Magwanyagwanya yesterday said:
“We need to correct the misconception that we are a Zanu PF project. We do not associate with merchants of evil who have caused the suffering of people for so many years. We cannot be seen associating with Zanu PF, a party of violence, but we are inclusive, tolerant, transparent and accountable,” he said.
Magwanyagwanya further accused Zapu and the Welshman Ncube-led MDC of wanting to win votes by playing regional politics.
“Welshman Ncube wants to say Matabeleland is marginalised, but what did he do as MP for Bulawayo East? He did not do anything. (Dumiso) Dabengwa was the Member of House of Assembly for Nkulumane and what did he do for the people? They want to push the issue that Matabeleland is marginalised, but they do not have any solutions,” charged Magwanyagwanya.
But MDC-N Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu dismissed Magwanyagwanya’s sentiments as “ill-informed and daydreaming”.
“As an MP there was no Constituency Development Fund like now, but Professor Ncube formed some development committees to undertake some projects. Now that he is the president of a party, he is calling for Parliament to be brought to Bulawayo and chairs a taskforce of a committee to revive industries in Bulawayo,” he said.
Zanu PF provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela said the move to set up development committees was wise despite the timing.
“These (MKD) people should not act like they were born yesterday,” he said Zapu spokesperson Methuseli Moyo accused Magwanyagwanya of “thinking like a villager”.