|MDC formations fight over MPs|
|Tuesday, 22 November 2011 00:00|
Lloyd Gumbo Herald Reporter
The two are already immersed in an acrimonious legal wrangle over control of the party with Prof Ncube seeking to replace Prof Mutambara as the Deputy Prime Minister in the inclusive Government on the strength of his election as party president at a congress held in Harare early this year.
The faction's chairman, Mr Joubert Mudzumwe, said all the MPs who were elected under the MDC ticket during the harmonised elections in 2008 were loyal to Prof Mutambara.
Said Mr Mudzumwe: "At the moment three House of Assembly Members out of seven and four senators out of six have confirmed that they are with us. The others are not yet clear of where they are but we suspect they will be coming out in the open very soon.
"Welshman and Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga have no people and they just want to protect their ministerial positions."
He said the names would be announced after the NEC meeting to be held sometime this week.
"It is common knowledge that there are three parties in Zimbabwe led by President Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and Professor Welshman Ncube (MDC)," he said.
"We know people can hallucinate and dream and they are probably saying they have MPs because of MP Nomalanga Khumalo (Umzingwane) whom we know she has been siding with the MDC-T."
In separate interviews last week, some of the MPs from the two factions said they respected the leadership that was elected at the congress held early this year.
"There was a congress in January and I follow the decisions of that congress because it has a lawful structure," said Khumalo Senator, David Coltart.
Insiza South House of Assembly Member Siyabonga Ncube refused to disclose where his allegiance was.
The applicants sought an amendment barring Prof Mutambara from continuing as a Global Political Agreement principal.
Prof Mutambara is opposing the granting of the final order.
vested in the president of MDC, remains in force.