Controversy over MDC-T Matobo North defection

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Matobo North businessman Witness Socks Ncube claims he has been hounded out of the MDC-T party amid accusations he was an “internal threat to the entire party leadership”.

Ncube, who was MDC-T deputy district chairperson, has crossed over to the Welshman Ncube–led MDC.

On Sunday, Ncube, together with his wife Hellenics, was paraded during a Ncube-led MDC rally at Mloyi Business Centre as new members of the party.

Ncube said he was booted out because he was viewed as a threat due to “several community projects that I am spearheading”.

He attacked the leadership of his former party saying they were “content with the suffering of the people”.

“I told my former party (MDC-T) that if they have no provisions for community projects then what I was doing as a member was in breach of the constitution. They also claimed that my mobilisation is a threat to the entire leadership and I was fired for that,” Ncube said.

“All I said was that in each ward I want 200 people to be employed in poultry and cattle ranching projects and not only to be cheerleaders for the leadership.”

Matobo North constituency in Matabeleland South has no parliamentary representation as the seat fell vacant following the election of MDC-T national chairman Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of Parliament.

Ncube said he had been involved in many construction projects countrywide including in areas such as Plumtree, Chegutu, Mutare and Zvimba.

“I am involved in all these projects, which include bridges, clinics and construction of houses for non-political reasons and I presented the projects to the MDC-T district leadership, but I was fired for that,” he said.

“No one can take away my talent, therefore, I will work under the leadership I have found in MDC and continue with the projects.”

Party leader Welshman Ncube welcomed him to the party structures and told him MDC embraced the concept of freedom of association and thought of members.

“If you don’t have freedom of thought within a party, you are doomed,” he said.

Matabeleland South MDC-T chairman Washy Sibanda said he was not aware of Ncube’s defection.

“I am not aware that he has left the party. All I know is that Ncube is our district deputy chairperson,” Sibanda said in an interview.