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FORMER cabinet ministers Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube, both leading rival factions of the opposition MDC after two breakaways, will formalise their union on March 1, it has emerged.

The splits – last year and the first one in 2005 – have left former prime minister and opposition gman Morgan Tsvangirai relatively weakened and scrambling to regain traction.

On Tuesday Biti and Ncube, who have been working join forces under the proposed United Movement for Democratic Change, announced that the official reunion ceremony would be held in Bulawayo.

“All is set for a joint rally of the MDC and the MDC Renewal Team to be held on Sunday, 01 March 2015 at Stanley Square in Makokoba, Bulawayo.

“The joint rally, which will be held under the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC) banner, is part of the re-unification process of the MDC and the MDC Renewal Team,” a statement jointly released by the groups said.

The Renewal Team, is currently led by former cabinet minister Sekai Holland and features, among other key opposition figures, former MDC-T deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma and Samuel Sipepa Nkomo.

However, Ncube’s formation was last week rocked by then secretary general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s dramatic resignation after weeks of heckling.

Ncube though, confirmed that the unification project would continue.

According to the statement, Holland and Ncube are listed as key-note speakers at the March 1 Bulawayo rally along with other “senior party officials”.

“Also set to grace the gathering will be representatives of the civic society, churches, students and residents associations,” the parties said.

“Besides holding their first joint rally, the two political parties among other issues have been carrying out audits of their structures countrywide at branch, ward, district and provincial levels.

“Upon completion of these audits, the audits will be submitted to the parties respective Guardian Councils for verification.

“On completion of this process, the two political parties will hold their respective congresses before holding a joint congress in July this year.

“As the MDC and the MDC Renewal Team, we are fully committed to the formation of a united front of all democrats and peace loving Zimbabweans.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Ncube are reported to have fallen out over the allocation of positions in the envisaged new party, while there have also been undercurrents of discord in the Renewal Team between Biti and Mangoma.

According to the political outfits, the amalgamation “will give the people of Zimbabwe renewed hope” to end the country’s drawn-our economic and political crisis.

Source : New Zimbabwe