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FIREBRAND MDC-T politician and former Magwegwe MP, Felix Magalela Sibanda says he has no hard feelings over a recent MDC-T move to disqualify those who defied the opposition party’s directive not to stand as independents in last year’s elections.

The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T is heading for its elective congress this October and has moved to shut out politicians who, after losing the party’s primaries last year, tried their luck as independents, loosing dismally in the process.

But after the failed attempt to galvanise dissent among the rebels, through the formation of a coalition of independents, Sibanda took aantage of the current MDC-T split to renew his support for the party’s embattled leader, Tsvangirai.

Sibanda said Monday he was, in fact, happy with the new party competition guidelines, which all but confirm his new humble status as an ordinary card carrying member.

He chose to see the proverbial silver lining out of his apparent discrimination.

“As a cadre, l feel l have done my duty and l am happy that things have been corrected henceforth,” he said.

“Actually, when you get into a political party, it’s not for posts but it’s for service … whoever joins the party for political positions is misguided. We are there to serve the people.”

“The fact is that they (MDC-T) have recognized that there was maladministration … the president himself acknowledged the poor management of the primary elections.

“Many people have acknowledged and therefore, that alone gives me breathing space which l think from now on, we are going to enjoy our elections.”

The outspoken politician pledged to be a more disciplined MDC-T cadre.

“I think the MDC has taken corrective measures so l am so happy now that they are taking punitive measures against wrongdoers,” Sibanda said, in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.

“… but they have stated that any other exercise must have to be done above board. Our experience was bad, it was painful … but l think the nation will benefit.”

Among the defiant lot who all fell by the wayside were journalist Geoffrey Nyarota who lost as an independent in Makoni South, Gerald Chitsa (Gutu North), Moses Mare (Chiredzi West), Regai Tsunga (Mutasa South), Kidwell Mujuru (Luveve-Cowdray Park), Samuel Sandla Khumalo (Pelandaba-Mpopoma).

The defiant stance by the party members elicited a g reaction from the MDC-T, with party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora likening their actions to those of bitter opponent, Zanu PF.

“The party does not owe them any duty anymore,” Mwonzora said then.

“They are actually opponents of the party. Such persons are good riddance because they could actually sponsor divisions while in the party.

Source : New Zimbabwe