via Deputy youth chair dumps Mangoma over lobola money – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 2, 2016
Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ) deputy youth chairperson, Kudakwashe Mahachi has dumped the Elton Mangoma-led outfit, accusing the party leadership of misappropriation of funds and wanton disregard of youths.
BY Everson Mushava
In his resignation letter handed to the party last week, Mahachi said the party lacked ideological identity for the youths.
“I, hereby, tender my notice of resignation from the RDZ with effect from January 22, 2016,” he wrote.
“RDZ is a party that has a maturing growth history and we can’t neglect the good spirit to implement its political manifesto go unnoticed and let inept leadership shown by incompetent groups plotting to destroy the party’s great vision.”
RDZ was founded last year after Mangoma and other party officials broke ranks with Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party. Both Mangoma and Biti had severed ties with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in 2013.
RDZ spokesperson, Pishayi Muchauraya confirmed Mahachi’s resignation, but said he was a mere mercenary, who decided to jump ship after failing to secure a loan from the party.
“He was a fortune seeker. He was after money. He left when he was denied a loan from the president to go and pay lobola. When the president referred him to money lenders, he was not happy and left. In fact, we are receiving more support as a party,” he said.
But Mahachi maintained he quit because the opposition party’s top leadership had low regard for youths and embezzled funds. He said he got married in 2010 and finished paying lobola then.
“There is no democracy and transparency at all. We are deprived of fair and equitable treatment in the party,” he said.
In the past months, Mangoma’s party had been hit by a spate of resignations with most of its top officials joining former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s People First project.
Mahachi said he was already in the process of joining another party, although he declined to name.
“Talks are at an advanced stage with another political party and if something positive comes out, I will let you know,” Mahachi said.