THE three Matabeleland provinces have threatened to pull out of former Simba Makoni’s Mavambo movement, in a move that will scuttle plans to transform it into a fully-fledged political party.
Plans to turn the movement into a party, to be known as the National Alliance for Democracy, are underway.
Bulawayo and Matabeleland North and South provinces have written to Makoni threatening to quit over the way the movement is being run.
Last week, Dumiso Dabengwa, Makoni’s main backer in the March 29 presidential election, abandoned the movement.
In a letter to Makoni dated July 28 in the possession of the Zimbabwe Independent, the inter-provincial steering committee said it was dismayed by the manner in which its contributions to the formation of the party had been handled by the Harare office.
“We would like to remind you that we are equal human beings and that we were ill-treated for a long time under similar circumstances, and cannot live to repeat this,” the letter said.
“We have seen the superiority complex displayed by individuals at ‘the head office’ which is run like a family outfit and are very unhappy to be part of this, and particularly detest the arrogance, lack of foresight and leadership that has so far been displayed.”
Furthermore, the letter warned that failure by the Mavambo head office to deal with issues of concern raised by the steering committee could lead to the severing of ties.
“We request audience with you (Makoni) before the national consultative conference to discuss the issues (stated in the letter). If this is not possible, we shall have no option but to announce (an) immediate suspension of the relationship between ourselves and the head office and we shall proceed with the development of the party in the direction and pace that we feel shall be beneficial to our supporters,” added the letter.
A fortnight ago, the Independent reported that there were complaints on resource allocation towards the mobilisation of support for the planned party by the three provinces.
In the letter, the question of allocation of the movement’s vehicles was highlighted.
It has since emerged that the vehicles referred to were actually donations and not acquired using funds procured by Mavambo in its fundraising campaign for the presidential and general elections.
Read the letter: “As we struggle through the formation of this party, we wonder where the donated vehicles are and why the process of getting them to good use is taking so much time…We were issued with one truck that services the office and also covers the immediate areas. This vehicle had not been serviced until it was sent to Nissan Clover Leaf Motors where it attracted a huge bill that is now pegged at $33 trillion (old currency). The chairman had no option but to pay out from his pocket.”
Godfrey Chanetsa, the Mavambo spokesperson, said it was surprising that the matter of differences within their camp should be played out in the media while there were avenues of seeking reconciliation within the structure of the movement.
He said anyone with any grievance should approach the head office with the matter for attention.
“I am wondering why some people want us to address issues of Mavambo in the media. Those that feel they have grievances know what the party structures are and they should be free to approach the head office and these matters shall be thrashed out at that forum. There is absolutely no need to try and resolve our matters in the media,” Chanetsa said.
He said that some of the problems were “fixated and imagined” that could be thrashed out “within the confines of the four walls” and not in the public domain.
By Nkululeko Sibanda