|ANC snubs MDC-T|
|Sunday, 01 July 2012 00:58|
Sunday Mail Reporter
It is understood that this “highly unusual, un-diplomat and impolitic” move by the MDC-T was flatly rejected by the ANC, leaving the MDC-T branch in Johannesburg livid.
As if undeterred by this stinging rebuff, it is understood that the MDC-T sponsored one of the delegates in the International Relations Commission at the conference to raise a complaint over its exclusion under the same argument that the party should have been invited because Zimbabwe has a hung Parliament which includes Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations.
The liberation movements that had been invited included Zanu-PF, Frelimo from Mozambique, MPLA from Angola, Swapo from Namibia and Chama cha Mapinduzi from Tanzania.
“The GPA is very clear and there are three political parties in it. There is MDC-T, Zanu-PF and Welshman’s (Prof Ncube) little party. Our partner in the GPA, Zanu-PF, was attending the conference and we should have been accredited to attend. We saw nothing wrong with that at all.
“However, our accreditation was turned down on flimsy grounds that the ANC had only invited liberation movements to its conference. So when it sees it fit, the ANC chooses to side with Zanu-PF. We find that very strange because how do we relate now in future,” said the MDC-T source on the phone from Johannesburg.
When the MDC-T-sponsored delegate raised the issue in the International Relations Commission, the ANC secretary-general, Cde Gwede Mantashe, rebuked him, adding that the ANC had only invited liberation movements of which the MDC-T was not.
“Mantashe even shot down a complaint that had been raised by one of the delegates regarding the same matter in the International Relations Commission. This shows that the ANC was not united in shutting us out. Clearly we were not happy and we will bring up this matter at an appropriate forum,” said the source.
However, Mr Mwonzora said: “An ANC conference is not an MDC-T conference and all our cadres in Zimbabwe and outside are aware of that. The MDC-T respects the sovereignty of other countries and political parties in those countries.
Throughout its troubled tenure in the embattled inclusive Government, the MDC-T has sought to abuse its GPA status by portraying itself as an indispensable party that Zimbabwe’s neighbours in particular and Sadc in general must deal with because of its presumed support by America and its Nato allies.
Economic Transformation Commission and the not the International Relations Commission where Cde Mantashe rebuked the sponsored delegate.
“As such, the MDC-T is a reactionary movement and not a liberation movement by any stretch of the imagination. The mere fact that it is part of the hung Parliament and is in the inclusive Government does not make it a liberation movement but is only a confirmation of the power and treachery of imperialism and neo-colonialism.
The Zanu-PF delegation, which received a standing ovation as it was being introduced to the conference, also included Deputy Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa.
These historic decisions are set to be presented as policy decisions at the ANC’s 53rd National Congress to be held in Mangaung in December this year.