By Leopold Munhende
MDC president Nelson Chamisa has appointed Welshman Ncube and Morgen Komichi as his co-deputies as he begins presiding over the much-anticipated MDC reunification process which also co-opted Tendai Biti as deputy national chair.
This was revealed by his spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda at a press conference held at the Morgan Tsvangirai House this Tuesday.
“The following are the presidential appointments, deployments and redeployments,” said Sibanda who was accompanied by new party spokesperson Jacob Mafume.
“Senator Elias Mudzuri remains vice president, Senator Morgen Komichi previously the chairperson of the party is now appointed vice president, Professor Welshman Ncube is appointed vice president, Senator Thabitha Khumalo has been deployed to become the national chairperson and honourable Tendai Biti has been appointed vice national chairperson. The secretary general remains honourable Douglas Mwonzora.”
The commonly known MDC-T also reverts back to its original MDC name which is not qualified by any affixation.
Said Sibanda, “The president is keen to let the country know that he is beginning the process of strengthening the party and to manage it along on the basis of his smart policy, in line with the need to prepare the party to reclaim the stolen victory.
“The president is also working hard to return the party to its original strength by integrating members of the MDC alliance into the MDC.
“The president is doing all this on the basis of the constitution and after meeting with the National Executive.”
Formed September 1999, the main opposition suffered a split 2005 with the then party secretary general Welshman Ncube going with a significant chunk of the party membership.
This followed strong disagreements on whether the party should contest for the country’s senatorial elections after the now defunct Robert Mugabe led administration moved to reintroduce the country’s bicameral system.
Ncube and his allies were up in arms with what they found to be founding party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s dictatorial tendencies after the late leader vetoed a national council decision to take part.
Tsvangirai argued the main opposition should not have taken part in elections which he argued were Mugabe’s ploy to accomodate loyalists who had failed to secure seats in the lower house because of the MDC’s strong challenge.
Then commonly known as MDC-T, the party split again 2014 with then secretary general, Biti moving away with his own portion of the party to form the now defunct People’s Democratic Party.
The former MDC allies came back together under MDC Alliance banner ahead of the 2018 general elections.