Mutambaras fate to be decided by partys new standing committee

mutambara_arthurDeputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambaras position in government will only be decided by a new standing committee that will be elected into office during the partys congress on Saturday. (Pictured: Arthur Mutambara)

Professor Welshman Ncube, the MDC-M Secretary-General told SW Radio Africa on Monday the deployment of party cadres in government is a matter which is determined by the standing committee. The MDC-M will be holding their congress in Harare starting on Saturday. Already, Mutambara has indicated he will not be seeking re-election for the party presidency, almost clearing the way for Ncube to take over the hot seat.

Eleven of the partys 12 provinces have completed their nominations and Ncube has secured nominations from all the provinces except Masvingo province, which still favours Mutambara to remain at the helm of the party. I do not know who exactly will be in that (standing) committee but by the end of the congress on Saturday we will be in a better position to know. My personal view however is that the team in government from my party has done exceptionally well compared to other parties that have over a dozen ministers, Ncube said.

Ncube, the powerbroker in the MDC-M and who is heavily tipped to take over the party presidency from Mutambara, said it might not be necessary to redeploy people. Whether or not to retain Mutambara in government will not be my decision. It will be a collective decision by the new standing committee, he added. The Secretary-General told us one thing that is going to change after the congress is the style in which the party is to be run by the new leaders. Ncube said he doesnt envisage a scene where there would be fundamental changes in policies and direction of the party.

In respect of style there would be change there, he said, adding that there is always a possibility of an alliance with other parties to stand a chance of dislodging ZANU PF from power. It is the nature of politics to be in an alliance to enhance the chances of winning an election but we will not go out of our way to devote time seeking alliances, Ncube said.

He explained that he was hurt when in 2008 he devoted much of time to seek an alliance with the MDC-T, only to be snubbed at the last minute. He said he would not make that same mistake again.

Our fingers got burnt when we tried it two years ago so we want to spend our energy this time on building our party and refocusing on what needs to be done to move forward. But if an alliance comes, all the better, Ncube said.

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