An MDC MP who has been at the forefront in an attempt to overturn the party’s Bulawayo 5th Congress results has made a U-turn and fully thrown his weight behind president Nelson Chamisa.
MP for Nketa, Phelela Masuku lost the provincial chairmanship to Makokoba legislator James Sithole.
Masuku and his followers petitioned the party’s national executive council to nullify the nominations.
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Disgruntled party officials in Bulawayo accused Chamisa and organising secretary Amos Chibaya of rigging the nomination process.
Chamisa was also accused of tribalism and having dictatorial tendencies.
However, Masuku took to Facebook to express his ‘religious’ support for Chamisa. He wrote:
Stop abusing my name in the media. I will never betray the struggle. I am religiously loyal to my party and the President and our family affairs are not meant for neighbours or the public. Keep on dreaming.
When NewZimbabwe reached out to him for clarity, Masuku flatly refused. He said:
I do not normally talk to journalists, more so when I do not know them. On this one, I do not have a comment.
There were reports of violence and rigging during the MDC congresses as party officials jostled for positions of authority.