MDC Bulawayo provincial chairman, Mr Gift Banda said he is no longer interested in retaining his post.
Sources who spoke to The Chronicle said Banda is targeting the party’s national deputy treasurer’s post during the opposition party’s congress set for May. Chalton Hwende is the current national deputy treasurer for the MDC. In Bulawayo, Banda is allegedly backing Nketa MP Phelelela Masuku to take over from him while Makokoba MP James Sithole, Cowdray Park aspiring councillor Alderman Collet Ndlovu, businessman Sonny Phiri and former Senator Matson Hlalo are said to be also targeting the same post.
Banda yesterday confirmed to The Chronicle that he was no longer interested in the provincial chairman’s post, but could not confirm that he was eyeing the national deputy treasurer’s post. He said his plate is already half full with the National Assembly seat and as Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) vice president where he is on suspension. Said Banda:
A good dancer knows when to leave the stage. I think I have served the province to the best of my ability and would decline any nomination for the provincial chairmanship position. However, it will be premature for me to comment about nomination for any post at national level. The nominations have not been opened so we will wait until they are opened so that I can openly talk about my political ambitions.