The Movement for Democratic Change led by Prof Welshman Ncube has rubbished as “patently and materially false” cliams by the state media that former Finance Minister Tendai Biti is going to lead a new united MDC.
In a statement today MDC said:
The MDC would like to put it on record that the Sunday News story of Sunday 16 November 2014 titled, ‘Biti set to lead united MDC’ is patently and materially false.
The purported source document referred to as ‘the-12-point guidelines on the re-unification agreement between the MDC Renewal and MDC’ does not exist as a creation of the two parties and is thus a fictional creation of the proportion of Nancy Drew stories.
Firstly, the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed by the Secretary Generals of MDC and MDC Renewal on October 8, 2014 does not in any way, shape or form speak to a 12 point plan. Secondly, the ongoing re-unification negotiations which are at an advanced stage and progressing steadily have not created or utilised any framework called a 12 point guideline. Of this we are certain and unequivocal.
Thirdly, the NCA party led by Prof. Lovemore Madhuku are not and have never been a feature of the re-unification conversations hence the claim to Prof. Madhuku being part of the future leadership of the re-unified MDC is spurious, malicious and mischievous in the least.
Fourthly, the tenets of democracy which the MDC swears and lives by require that all leaders be chosen by the people whom they seek to represent. In this regard the party’s structures will freely choose its leaders at the party’s Inaugural Elective Congress (IEC) assuming that the negotiating parties agree to full and complete re-unification. It is therefore false that anyone has been designated president, secretary general, organiser, spokesperson or any other portfolio of the party before it has even been formed.
Finally, the MDC remains committed to the truth and truth telling at all times and would like to assure the public and its members that this principle remains sacrosanct.