MDC Alliance (MDC-A) president Nelson Chamisa has appointed one of his three deputies, Welshman Ncube, to engage South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoys when then return to Harare to continue with their engagement efforts.
Ncube told the Daily News that Chamisa assigned him to work with various departments within the party to gather their input for the party’s submission to the envoys. Said Ncube:
I have been assigned by president Chamisa to co-ordinate the work of the various MDC Alliance departments who are working on the party’s submission to the envoys — which the president intends to make to the envoys when and if they return to the country to consult us and other stakeholders.
When the envoys returned to South Africa last week, the South African ambassador to Zimbabwe telephoned president Chamisa indicating that the envoys intended to return to Zimbabwe as soon as possible and that we would be advised once the dates are confirmed.
It is in that context that we have continued to work on our submission that the president will make to the envoys.
An unmanned MDC-A official told the Daily News that Chamisa appointed Ncube for the role because he (Ncube) is close to Mufamadi, the duo worked together in the 2008 inclusive government negotiations.
The official said the MDC-A is now hoping to use this closeness to Mufamadi to tell its side of the story.
Earlier this month, Ramaphosa sent special envoys – former South African vice president Baleka Mbete and ex-ministers Sydney Mufamadi and Ngoako Ramatlhodi – to Harare.