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MDC President Professor Welshman Ncube has ordered party supporters to refrain from heckling the party’s former secretary general, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga tendered her resignation last Thursday following a bitter fall-out with Ncube who accused his lieutenant of plotting to undermine him.

But in an internal memorandum, seen by this publication, Ncube said “these are trying times for us as leadership of the party at different levels and for the entire membership of the party”.

The fallout between the two senior party officials has been blamed on internal fights over posts in a prospective new party to be formed following a merger with the Sekai Holland led MDC Renewal Party.

Incensed by her alleged manoeuvres, party officials took to social media platforms to attack Misihairabwi-Mushonga for daring to go against the party president.

The firebrand politician, known for her acerbic tongue, was said to be eyeing the secretary general post in the new party, thus elbowing out her boss who was said to be eyeing the same post.

But Ncube urged calm.

“This is not a time for witch hunting, certainly not a time for gloating and finger pointing. As Africans we must dig deep into our traditional values of empathy, of love and kindness, of solidarity, ultimately of Ubuntu,” said Ncube.

He urged party members to resolve their difference amicably and not to resort to washing the party’s dirty linen in public.

“Our politics must be palpably different from that of those we have individually and collectively suffered so much opposing,” said the former industry minister.

“Each day and each week we must commit and recommit ourselves to our values! These do not come naturally. We must work on our minds and hearts all the time to remain faithful to who we are and what we stand for.

“We should never celebrate the pain and anguish of comrades. We must never allow our hearts to be filled by hate and loathing. If we do our struggle is reduced to nothing more that the pursuit of power for its sake.”

He added: “I am appealing to all the leaders of this great party to silently reflect on these issues to be who we say we are at ALL times, to refrain and desist from saying and doing things which are at variance with who we are, to be faithful to our values and principles.

“The party is in serious deep, deep pain, indeed agony. Let us use this very difficult period to be a shining example of the best of our humanity. Let us be very slow to judge and even slower to condemn. Let us not curse the darkness but be the ones to light that candle even in the midst of the wind.”

In a bid to protect Misihairabwi-Mushonga from further abuse following revelations that the party leadership still wants former services in other party portfolios, Ncube appealed for supporters to exercise restraint.

“In this regard let us stop all direct, indirect and oblique debates on the resignation of the Secretary General, be it about the reasons and circumstances of it or the leadership consequences thereof.

“Let us find peace by silently reconnecting with our consciences and our humanity. If we are truly the leadership that is able to lead our beloved country to prosperity then this should not be too difficult for us to do.”

Source : New Zimbabwe