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    I have not resigned – Gumbi


    MASVINGO – Controversial MDC T Masvingo provincial chairman, James Chafungamoyo Gumbi has dismissed reports that he has resigned from the party position in the face of mounting complaints against candidate impositions in various constituencies and wards around Masvingo.
    Sources said Gumbi resigned after clashing with party president Nelson Chamisa who he accused of imposing NPF candidates in several constituencies. At the centre of controversy is Jeppy Jaboon and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti who are also former Zanu PF stalwarts who Chamisa allegedly imposed on  Bikita South and Mwenezi East  constituences.
     A hand-written letter to Chamisa supposedly penned by Gumbi and doing the rounds on social media announced the latter's resignation as the provincial chairman. The letter said that Gumbi was resigning because he no longer finds time for his full time job because of pressure arising from his position as provincial chairman of the party.
    The letter which was written on June 11, 2018 said that Gumbi was stepping down with immediate effect but would wait to hear from the party whether or not he would be allowed to stand as the party's candidate for Zaka East under the circumstances.
    Contacted for comment, Gumbi said the letter was fake. He said the letter shows that MDC T which is the country's most formidable opposition had been penetrated.
    "There is nothing like that, I am still the chairman of Masvingo. I am coming down there on Thursday for the nomination court. The letter which was supposedly written by me only serves to show that our party has been penetrated," said Gumbi. 
    Gumbi has of late been facing mounting resistance from party structures which accused him of imposing candidates. Apart from giving seats to NPF, Gumbi is accused of giving other seats to parties like Biti and Welshman's and the most hotly contested one was Gutu North which initially went to the Alliance but was reversed and given back to MDC T.
    Even after being given back to MDC T, controversy arose again after the party tried to sideline Manyere who is said to have won primaries in the constituency in favour of former MP Mwaramwidze Hamandishe.
    About relationship with Chamisa, Gumbi said although he said it was cordial but he was evasive. top story 

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