Jacob Ngarivhume’s Transform Zimbabwe dumps MDC Alliance.
TRANSFORM Zimbabwe (TZ) has pulled out of the MDC Alliance pact, choosing to go it alone than to dissolve and be part of the grand MDC, whose congress is to be held later this month.
Seven political parties came together on August 5, 2017 to form an electoral pact for the 2018 harmonised elections with an understanding that they would continue with the partnership in forming a government in the event that they won the elections.
An amalgamation process of the political parties is underway and two parties, People’s Democratic Party formerly led any Tendai Biti and the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, have since dissolved and integrated into the Nelson Chamisa-led mainstream MDC.
“We are leaving the alliance. We met as the executive and decided to make this decision.” said Ngarivhume.
The party urged its members not to participate in the upcoming MDC congress.
During the alliance tenure, many TZ officials were left disappointed after some of their allocated seats in the agreement were taken up by the mainstream MDC on the basis that the party had no “numbers”.
Its leader, Jacob Ngarivhume, and another official in Harare South were left competing with their alliance partners in the fight for parliamentary seats.
Analysts have since indicated that the alliance was more of a reunion of the MDC which has seen those that have never been connected to the party sidelined.
Ncube and Biti left the party in 2005 and 2014 respectively following acrimonious fallouts with then party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume refused to discuss the issue.
“I do not speak for him you might have to verify with him issues that deal with his status,” he said.