MDC Alliance co vice president Welshman Ncube yesterday launched his 2023 presidential campaign in Matebeleland South province telling his supporters that he no longer believes in the MDC Alliance as the political alternative for the people of Zimbabwe.
A source who spoke to this publication said Ncube was in Gwanda yesterday and attended a church service at Harvest House International Ministries (HHIM) where he told congregants that his name will be among the 2023 elections presidential contestants.
“Ncube was in Gwanda yesterday and he attended a church service at HHIM. He was given a chance to speak to the congregants and he said that it’s high time that the country’s next president be from Matebeleland region. He said he was ready to contest in the next presidential elections and was confident that he would win,” said the source.
The source added that Ncube told congregants that his party, the MDC Ncube/Green, was not dead as widely believed by some people.
“Ncube told congregants that his party the MDC Green was not dead. He clarified that as much as he was the vice president of the MDC Alliance, he was also the president of the MDC Ncube/Green and he was going to contest the next presidential elections as a member of the MDC Ncube/Green,” said the source.
However, political analyst Bright Magombedze said it was ironic that Ncube is the MDC Alliance vice president but is busy laying ground for himself.
“This just shows that the MDC Alliance is just a political circus. Ncube is deputy to Nelson Chamisa but is also a president of his party. So who will mobilise for Chamisa when his deputy is busy campaigning for himself? This just shows that the opposition is headed for disaster and I doubt if they will manage to get 20 percent of the presidential vote in the next elections,” said Magombedze.
Ncube’s actions confirm recent utterances by former MDC Alliance chairman, Lovemore Moyo, who was quoted by the private media over the weekend stating that, “Opposition is in a sorry state of affairs ahead of 2023. We are in disarray, demobilised, fighting each other..."
Efforts to get a comment from Ncube were futile as his mobile phones were not reachable.