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Dissident Sikhala Declares Himself President of Zimbabwe MDC Formation

Turmoil has continued within the formation of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara with former St. Mary’s legislator Job Sikhala declaring himself party president, claiming the support of disgruntled members.

But Mutambara MDC spokesman Edwin Mushoriwa dismissed Sikhala's assertion saying only a party congress can vote out a president. He noted that Sikhala was suspended from the party more than two months ago for alleged political misbehavior.

Sikhala told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that members of the breakaway MDC formation think Mutambara has aligned himself too closely with President Robert Mugabe and object to the recent expulsion of several party lawmakers.

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