MDC-UK nolonger a province, downgraded to associate
An email from MP Tapiwa Mashakada now in the possession of The ZimDiaspora confirms that indeed the MDC-T has amended its constitution regarding external assemblies, but did not detail the amendments, nor did it reveal the status changes – only saying official communication was on its way.
But sources who are usually reliable said the MDC-UK and Ireland Assembly was no longer a recognised province following a national council decision to clip its powers.
There have been proposals by senior MDC-T officials to have all external assemblies reduced to the status of associates, a status that would reduce the current provincial executive to a lower rank than branches and virtually strip them of any authority.
The source said the national council was unimpressed by its UK province which since inception has been blighted with financial irregularities and the fact that no MDC-UK provincial executive has ever completed their mandated five-year term. They are either dissolved are sacked.
The previous executive to be sacked was the Jonathan Chawora executive which stands accused of mismanaging £57 000.00 of party funds. The sacked provincial treasurer Tendai Goneso allegedly went on to withdraw party funds after being suspended last year, an issue that has angered many party activists who are calling for his arrest.
With all this, it has come to light that the national council had resolved to downgrade the MDC-UK and Ireland to an administrative external assembly in which many changes will be reintroduced. The changes, according to the source will render the provincial executive irrelevant, sources said.
But the current chairman of MDC-UK and Ireland Tonderai Samanyanga denied the report and said: “As far as we are concerned nothing has changed. We have argued our position at the Congress and we have been told that there will be some official communication as per what decision has been finally taken on us. Until then we remain a province”.
However, an email from MP Tapiwa Mashakada read “Please be advised that very soon an official communication will be dispatched to all branches informing them of the decision of the Congress, including the spelling out of the new roles or functions of the External Assembly (Coordinating Committee); roles of branches and the proper and correct channel of remitting funds to the party back home, among other important issues”.
“A copy of the amended MDC constitution bearing signatures of all National Standing Committee members will also be circularized to the diaspora to enable everybody to acquaint themselves with the amendments, especially provisions relating to the External Assembly (Coordinating Committee). In the circumstances, I urge everybody to desist from issuing statements pertaining to the just ended Congress until an official communication is done by the Secretary General of the party in the not too distant future. In the meantime please save us by not bombarding us with emails until the official communication that I have alluded to is dispatched,” read Mashakada’s email.
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