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MDC secretary general Moses Mzila-Ndlovu has denied suggestions that the expulsion of 21 Renewal Team legislators would likely boost the group’s bid to land the leadership of the proposed coalition between the two breakaway factions.

The MDC factions, which now operate under the banner of the United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC), are haggling on how to distribute leadership positions in the new political party.

A fierce battle to land the leadership is in the offing between MDC president Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti, the Renewal faction’s secretary general who is seen as the group’s de facto leader.

As then sitting MP for Harare East, Biti was seen to have an aantage over Ncube who lost his Makokoba seat years ago.

Observers say Biti, whose faction was buoyed by a significant presence in parliament, would have been preferred ahead of Ncube as he was easily going to settle as the UMDC’s leader in the house.

But the recent expulsion of the MDC Renewal MPs brings a new dimension to the plot as the two factions now find themselves on an equal footing.

This, critics say, presents the Ncube group with an equal chance to bid for presidency without being weighed down by any inferiority complex.

But in an interview with Newzimbabwe.com, Mzila-Ndlovu denied his party celebrates the other group’s misfortune.

“We don’t celebrate the removal of those MPs,” Mzila Ndlovu said.

“In fact, we saw it as an aantage to say that when we eventually go for the reunification, we were all going to have the head start of plus 21 MPs.”

Fresh in the minds of the Ncube-led group was the 2008 unity government scenario in which they had to settle for fewer ministerial positions after coming a distant third in national elections, winning only 10 parliamentary seats.

The party now has four MPs, won through proportional representation, against what would have been 21 for the MDC Renewal.

But Mzila denies this would have affected their bargaining power when the factions sat one day to share leadership positions.

“We did not feel inferior in that we already had party structures,” he said.

” … mind you these (MDC Renewal) are people who would have been struggling to create party structures which should be ready by a certain date to submit for the process of integration to take place.

“While, probably, we accept that we had much fewer representatives in parliament, it does not create that feeling of envy as if it were in us to say that we are uniting with people who have a higher number of elected representatives in the assembly in as much as we don’t think that our being more established in terms of grassroots support in terms of the structures at various levels of the party would not derive a sense of superiority on that basis.”

The 21 MPs were dislodged from the house on the request of the MDC-T which claimed they had ceased to be party members.

Source : New Zimbabwe