Zimbabwe Opposition leader booted out for dining with Mnangagwa’s POLAD

September 4, 2019
| Report Focus News

Harare-United Democratic Movement (UDM) has fired its President Violet Mariyacha for abandoning them at a time of need.

Speaking to journalists acting party president Eddington Mugova said Mariyacha was a naïve leader who lacked seriousness in leading the party.

“The National Executive Committee of UDM met on the 22nd of April 2019 to reflect on the progress and challenges that the party was encountering. The NEC also reflected on the continuing suffering of the nation. It was resolved that the party should fill the yawning gap in lack of national vision by politicians, lack of mission by those occupying public political offices and lack of values by the leadership” said Mugova

Following a dismal performance by Mariyacha in the 2018 elections Mugova said the president disappeared and appointed her delegate in Patrick Mugadza.

“Given our unsatisfactory performance during the 2018 elections due to various challenges, the NEC could not exonerate the then president Violet Mariyacha and her appointee Patrick Mugadza. She used us and disappeared from the political scene before election results were announced and went back abroad. This resulted in the NEC appointing Eddington Makono Mugova as party interim President until congress. We realized that individuals quickly jumped to POLAD meetings for personal benefits, not national interests” he said

Mugova described Mariyacha as a naïve leader who lacks seriousness and said his party has asked President Mnangagwa to meet with MDC’s Nelson Chamisa since he garnered more votes.

“She was a naïve and lacks seriousness and apart from this as UDM we asked ED (Mnangagwa) to meet Chamisa without fail at the earliest convenience, since Chamisa garnered over 2 million votes and controls many local authorities. UDM realizes that the economy cannot be separated from politics” he said

Losing candidates in the 2018 elections have joined the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) convened by President Mnangagwa however the main opposition is not part of the dialogue alleging tha President Mnangagwa is illegitimate because elections were rigged.