Secessionist political party Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) has dissolved its leadership and appointed a task force to oversee its elective congress.
MLF spokesperson Ndabezinhle Fuyane at the weekend said its leader, Fidelis Ncube, who is based in Botswana, relinquished his position in March.
That was after authorities in the neighbouring country barred him from holding a political position in another country while he was a Batswana citizen.
Churchill Guduza took over the leadership, but the team’s term in office had expired. Fuyane wrote in a communiqué to party members:
The 2013 structure had outlived its mandate which according to the MLF constitution is a four-year term that is voluntarily renewable through a democratic electoral process according to articles 13.1.1 and 14.1.1 of the constitution.
Fuyane said the dissolution of the executive was effective from March 2021 and, therefore, there was a need to prepare for an elective congress.
In the interim, a task force to be chaired by Bonhomie Ndlovu and deputised by David Mpofu would lead the MLF, while its secretary would be Nicholas Mathobela, who would be deputised by Desire Dube.
Sibongumusa Mlilo was named treasurer of the task force, while he (Fuyane) will act as information secretary.
Other members of the task force are Andrea Sibanda and Titus Nxumalo, while Makhiwa Ndebele will head the security affairs department.
He said the party’s thrust is to re-group alienated MLF members, recruit and reorient new members, rebuild MLF structures and assert the electability and eligibility of MLF.
Fuyane said the task force would soon announce the dates of the congress.
MLF is known for burning the Zimbabwe flag in South Africa in 2011 and for demanding that the Matabeleland region, incorporating parts of Midlands as far as the border with Mashonaland West, should be an independent State.