MLF splinter group launch

Resigned Mthwakazi Liberation Front organising secretary, Sabelo Ngwenya, has confirmed plans to launch a new secessionist movement, but said that it would differ from the one led by Fidelis Ncube.

Speaking to The Zimbabwean recently, Ngwenya, who was allegedly chased from the MLF, said that he, and many other recently-resigned MLF members, would form a “strategic” movement to fight for people’s needs.

“It’s true that we are forming a new political party,” said the Johannesburg-based Ngwenya. “I did not quit MLF alone, but there are many other disgruntled and

disillusioned cadres who also resigned at home and here in South Africa. We have formed a network and we are definitely going to launch a new Mthwakazi nationalist party soon. Our focus will be on Mthwakazi, although we may differ from MLF and Umhlahlo in terms of strategy.”

Ngwenya said there was no love lost between him and his former organisation. “I have nothing against MLF and I think that they have a democratic right to exist, as much as we do. We do not want to be a pressure group, we want a complete political movement.”

Against a background of ructions within MLF, it was recently revealed in the media that their entire national structure in Zimbabwe had resigned, leaving politician, Paul Siwela, as the only national executive committee member in the country. Ngwenya confirmed the mass-exodus within the party.

“It is true that people quit MLF in numbers and our people must wait for us as we are doing something good for them,” he said. “Siwela is not with us, but should he indicate any interest to join us, we will give him the same welcome we are giving others.” Ngwenya resigned from MLF last week.

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