Lawyer Phulu quits Renewal Team post

via Lawyer Phulu quits Renewal Team post 12 January 2015

PROMINENT Bulawayo lawyer, Kucaca Phulu, has quit his post as the MDC Renewal Bulawayo provincial chairperson.

Phulu, who last year unsuccessfully tried to land the post of Mayor in Bulawayo on an MDC-T ticket, later joined a breakaway faction led by Tendai Biti.

In September last year, at the official launch of the MDC Renewal party in Bulawayo, Phulu was unveiled as the provincial boss.

However, hardly a year into his post, the popular lawyer has stepped down amid reports that his political duties were in constant conflict with his professional job.

Phulu’s resignation was announced Monday by the party’s provincial spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, who described the former as a hardworking man, who contributed a lot to building the fledgling party.

“MDC Renewal would like to announce the resignation of our Bulawayo Provincial Chairman Mr Kucaca Phulu who tendered his resignation letter to our national chairman Hon Samuel Sipepa Nkomo on Friday 9 January 2015 and was accepted the same evening after wide consultations,” Ndlovu said.

Ndlovu said Phulu would remain a card carrying member of the party.

“As a senior partner in a law firm,” he added, “Phulu cited pressure at work as he is needed there full time and as a party we needed him fulltime as well as we prepare for the launch of UMDC (United Movemnet for Democratic Change) and congress later this year, therefore it was going to be difficult for him to continue serving these two organisations fully.”

“As a province, we want to thank him for his services as our chairman who did his work diligently and professionally.”

Ndlovu said Phulu’s predecessor will be announced once the provincial council convenes.

“Although the party have many committed cadres it would be very difficult to replace him. The standards he set would be difficult to emulate. His servant leadership will be missed as a chairman. As a province, we will soon call for a provincial council to elect a new chairman.”