I am not party to Madhuku project: Chiroto

Former MDC-T Harare deputy mayor, Norman Chiroto, has dismissed media reports that he was angling to join a new political party to be formed by outgoing NCA chairperson, Lovemore Madhuku.

Chiroto, who contested the Harare North constituency as an independent after being expelled from MDC-T, told The Zimbabwean that he was yet to decide on his political future.

He denied allegations that he was part of a meeting convened by MDC-T Rebels in Gweru recently.

“I hope everybody is aware that I lost my wife for MDC politics, who was later buried by relatives in my absence. This is reason enough for me to make wide consultations on my political future before making a decision,” said Chiroto in a telephone interview.

Chiroto said he heard of his links to the Madhuku party through rumour. He said he would make up his mind and make his plans public when the right time comes.

Madhuku said no MDC-T Rebel had approached him to join ‘his party’. “No former MDC-T member has approached me in this respect,” said Madhuku.

Some MDC-T Rebels contacted by The Zimbabwean for comment confirmed that the ‘Rebels Gweru’ meeting took place, but none of them admitted having attended.

According to sources, the Rebels formed the Independent Candidates Coalition ahead of the July 31 elections.

At the unconfirmed Gweru meeting the Rebels reportedly resolved to join the Madhuku led party when formed. Among delegates to the ‘Gweru meeting’ was Chiroto, who has since denied the claim.

One of the participants reportedly told the media: “We formed a six member steering committee at the Gweru meeting, whose responsibility would be to craft the position paper stating our expectations in the new political party.”

The committee would meet in Bulawayo to fine tune the draft position paper before the NCA congress set for tomorrow. Madhuku is expected to step down at the NCA congress.

MDC-T Rebels, who participated in the recent harmonised polls, said they were disappointed with what they described as gross irregularities in the conduct of the party’s primary elections.

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