Ncube Zanu PF ally: Bhebhe, Madhuku
BULAWAYO – Abedinico Bhebhe, the MDC deputy national organising secretary says leader of the smaller faction of the MDC Welshman Ncube is a Zanu PF ally who is being used to try and weaken Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s support in Matabeleland.
He said if Ncube wins any election in Zimbabwe now, “God will come”.
Speaking to journalists in Bulawayo on Tuesday, Bhebhe said Ncube’s continuous attacks on Tsvangirai are not surprising because he is working hand-in-hand with Zanu PF to fight the Premier.
“Welshman is being used by Zanu PF. He is just a nobody trying to seek attention by attacking the Prime Minister day in, day out. He is also a loser who should not be taken seriously by the people of Zimbabwe.”
“He lost elections but went ahead to appoint himself as a minister leaving Members of Parliament in his party who had won elections. That shows his selfishness. He is a ceremonial minister who doesn’t even have a following behind him. We wonder what kind of politician he is. Instead of telling people about his party policies, he spends time fighting Tsvangirai,” said Bhebhe.
Bhebhe, who was expelled from Parliament and from the Ncube faction in 2009, added that Ncube is spending time campaigning in Matabeleland only in an attempt to weaken Tsvangirai in that region but is failing.
“He only campaigns in Matabeleland and he thinks he can run this country, that is impossible.
“If Welshman wins any election now it will be a great miracle and God will come,” said the MDC deputy national organising secretary.
Ncube has been lashing out at Tsvangirai in the past weeks at his rallies and once described him as a ceremonial Prime Minister who has betrayed Zimbabweans by allowing the powers bestowed upon him upon signing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to slip away to President Robert Mugabe.
When contacted for comment, the Ncube faction spokesperson in Matabeleland region Edwin Ndlovu said: “Bhebhe is still excited by being appointed MDC-T deputy national organising secretary so he feels he must speak even though he has nothing to speak, typical of an empty vessel.”
Tsvangirai and Ncube are former allies who launched the united MDC in 1999 with the former becoming the President while Ncube became the secretary-general of the party.
The vibrant party split in 2005 over strategy and participation in Senate elections held then.
Meanwhile, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman Lovemore Madhuku has said Zanu PF has roped in leader of the smaller MDC faction Welshman Ncube on the principal’s table because they have found him useful in undermining Tsvangirai.
Madhuku was speaking in Harare on Tuesday at a public debate, “Beyond the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Lessons for Zimbabwe” hosted by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a debate meant to review the submissions by Zimbabwe at the UPR meeting in Geneva last month.
According to Madhuku, the fact that Ncube was allowed to attend the anti-violence indaba a fortnight ago as a coalition government principal showed that Zanu PF had caved in to his demands to be recognised as the legitimate MDC leader.
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara used to represent the smaller MDC faction before and after he was ousted from party presidency.
Madhuku said Zanu PF might have given in to Ncube’s demands because he had been useful to them in de-campaigning Tsvangirai, who is set to be President Robert Mugabe’s greatest challenge in the watershed elections set for next year or 2013.
Tsvangirai recently published a book “At the Deep End” where he revealed that the MDC split in 2005 was caused by former South African president Thabo Mbeki in collaboration with Ncube.
While Ncube is attacking Tsvangirai, he is in the middle of a leadership wrangle with Mutambara and the High Court in Bulawayo yesterday reserved judgment on the matter.
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