Welsh-Priscilla fall-out tips over as MP snubbed in poll list

By Staff Reporter

THE drawn-out fallout between MDC President Welshman Ncube and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga came to a tipping point this week when the former Industry Minister left out his once close ally from a list of candidates set to contest the forthcoming elections on a party ticket.

The MDC this week published a full list of candidates who are going to contest the elections under the seven party MDC Alliance but Misihairwabwi-Mushonga was a conspicuous absentee.

The firebrand Matebeleland South lawmaker confirmed the snub in a non-committal Facebook message in which she had sought to address concerns around her political future.

She said she had waited to see the path her party was taking first before revealing her position on her political future.

“I have always believed that submitting to a party means submitting to being deployed where the party feel you are best suited,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

“There are many people who have capacity and perhaps better energy to take on parliament role and it is important that they too are supported and encouraged to move forward.

“I therefore hold no grudge against the party for choosing to move forward without me.  I was able to bring to Parliament a baby, sanitary wear, used panties. In spite of the backlash that my party must have suffered, at no point was I censured or felt the party was unhappy.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who has led the push for girls and women’s social, economic and political emancipation, decried the MDC candidate list was “very very small and for a party founded on the respect of women and gender equality I expected better”.

She vowed to continue with her campaigns to have Matebeleland mainstreamed in national developmental agenda.

“On my part, when Parliament goes into recess I will be engaging with opinion leaders in Mat South who have given me so much support in the last five years and together we shall agree on what role, if any, I should take including how they see me playing that role.

“I will remain an activist on women’s issue and remain convinced that the issue of marginalisation of Matebelaland should take center stage in the national discourse. I wish to thank the many women that have supported my crazy way of doing things in the house.”

The former Regional Integration Minister hinted on a possible return to politics via other channels.

“If I don’t go back into the house, I do hope that the women who go in will build on the little steps we have climbed and just remember, if you need tips we will be there, and don’t mind the bullies it gets better,” she said.

But the top legislator’s omission from those set to represent the party spotlights on the fallout between her and her boss, Ncube which started back in 2015 and even led to her giving up her post as party secretary general.

The fallout was linked to the former allies’ differences on who could lead what later became an abortive reunion between Ncube and Tendai Biti’s breakaway MDC factions at the time.

Gary Murambiwa
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