By Staff Reporter
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda has come out guns blazing claims of squabbles between Nelson Chamisa and his party national chairperson, Thabitha Khumalo.
According to Sibanda the fall out rumours were sparked by ZANU PF which he accused of attempting to divert attention from its own internal fights and failures.
Speaking to the media Sibanda said Chamisa was currently on a countrywide meet-the-people programme.
“Zanu wants to divert attention from its internal (squabbles) and from corruption.
“The real story around the president is that this week he has shown himself to be the people’s champion.
“(He has stood) with (MDC) branches in Masvingo’s Provincial Assembly; (has held) hands with the people’s provincial leadership in Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Bulawayo and today the Midlands.
“No leader in this country has taken time to consult and relate with the party like president (Chamisa).”
Speculation doing the rounds was that Chamisa intends to replace Khumalo with one of his vice presidents, Lynette Karenyi.
According to a source Khumalo’s sympathisers dumped flyers at the MDC Bulawayo provincial offices and different parts of the central business district, rejecting the alleged decision by Chamisa to oust Khumalo from her current post.
Responding about the flyers, Sibanda said it was the work of “desperate” state agents attempting to penetrate the MDC.
“This leaves me with a simple, logical conclusion that these flyers did not emanate from the people of Matabeleland or members of the party, but perhaps desperate State agents.
“That is my theory; these are State agents trying to stoke fires that do not exist. This is an attempt by State agents abrogate to themselves the president’s prerogative in terms of making appointments.
“The president has not made any statement, at least in terms of appointments,” he said.