|Dell’s MDC lectures: The untold story|
|Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:15|
Prof Ncube went on to reveal that he got frustrated during the days when he was the negotiator in the united MDC because Mr Tsvangirai would authorise that they make compromises with Zanu-PF, only to backtrack whenever there was a backlash.
“Well, Dell was never one of our friends. I have never been able to figure out what divisive means in that context, but what I know is that there are those of us who refuse throughout the history of the MDC united and divided MDC to be told by any of the embassies here or any foreigner what we should do or what we should not do, what we should say and what we should not say.
“For that reason Dell was never a friend of ours because we refused to go to a class where he was the teacher and I guess the divisive he is referring to is our inability to accept that he had a right to determine our strategies and tell us what position we should take on any particular issue.”
When pressed whether there were some in the leadership of the MDC who attended the classes, Prof Ncube added: “Well, I am sure there are others, otherwise some of us we will not be hated by Dell and be so categorised. We were seen as an obstacle because we would not do those things he wanted us to do.”
Said Prof Ncube: “You recall that in the united MDC I was tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with Zanu-PF . . . We negotiated many of the amendments to Posa, Aippa, all of those things were negotiated.
“Among ourselves, with Tsvangirai as the president of the MDC, we were always able to agree to say okay let us do this. But when you went outside that, one never always got the support on things that we would have agreed on … If you have a principal who authorises a compromise and then backtracks on that compromise, that is a problem.
“Let me say, this did not only happen in the past, it is happening even now. I will give the example of why the Electoral Bill was stuck in Parliament for one year over the issue of the polling station-based voters’ roll.
“We all signed, but the MDC-T later says, we are taking all the things you gave, but we are withdrawing support for the polling station-based voters’ roll. I am just giving you an example of where negotiators are given authority and it is then withdrawn.
He chronicled how Mr Tsvangirai went against all the rules of the party in 2005, disregarded advice from other leaders in the party and even stormed out of one of the meetings after discovering that no one was supporting his position not to participate in the Senatorial elections.