By A Correspondent- PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume has said the “so-called MDC Alliance” which comprises of the MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora is “fictitious and bogus.”
Mafume speaks after the principals of the MDC Alliance, a coalition of the opposition that contested the 2018 elections, Thursday held a meeting that was chaired by Mwonzora.
They endorsed Mwonzora as leader of the opposition coalition, warning the faction led by Mr Nelson Chamisa against using the group’s name and symbols.
Mafume says the PDP was not represented in Mwonzora’s meeting and disowned Lucia Matibenga, who was named as the representative of the party.
Matibenga, leader of a splinter PDP group, was part of the Joice Mujuru-led electoral pact in the 2018 general elections, not the alliance, which rival leader Tendai Biti was part of. Mafume said:
Mwonzora is creating party leaders to advance selfish interests.
The so-called alliance is fictitious and bogus.
The meeting was held out of desperation, dishonesty and craziness.
He recalled members of Parliament from the MDC alliance because they were not members of the MDC-T, now they are claiming its ownership.
The MDC Alliance principals, who were not part of the meeting, said they never received any invitation from Mwonzora to join him.
They, however, said they could not have attended the Thursday meeting even if they had been invited because they did not recognise Mwonzora as the leader of the alliance.
Welshman Ncube-led MDC vice-president Edwin Mushoriwa said the party had no intentions to join any other alliance other than the one led by Chamisa.
MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube said all parties were represented at the meeting except for the Transform Zimbabwe led by Jacob Ngarivhume which had pulled out of the alliance.
He said principals of the alliance were bound by the agreement that set up the alliance.