Bo­gus branches to blame says IFP

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

BO­GUS branches and in­ter­nal fac­tions were iden­ti­fied as the main causes for the post­pone­ment of the IFP Na­tional Elec­tive Con­fer­ence. This was the re­sponse of the party’s Deputy Na­tional Chair­per­son and Chair­per­son of the Daily Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (DMC) which man­ages the in­ter­nal elec­torate pro­cesses, Al­bert Mncwango.

Ad­dress­ing a me­dia brief­ing in Dur­ban, Mncwango said they were not in a hurry for a con­fer­ence, but they wanted to hold a le­git­i­mate and suc­cess­ful con­fer­ence.

‘The Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) and the Na­tional Coun­cil were kept abreast of the party’s state of readi­ness, with pe­ri­odic re­ports re­ceived.

‘These re­ports painted a wor­ry­ing pic­ture of our readi­ness, as in Jan­uary this year news of bo­gus branches emerged.

‘We dis­cov­ered that these branches had been cre­ated on a wide scale to com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of any con­fer­ence at any level.

‘An ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion of branch au­dit­ing was in­sti­tuted to quicken the pace to­wards get­ting the party ready for con­fer­ences.

‘In May the Na­tional Coun­cil di­rected the NEC and DMC to con­tinue the process of au­dit­ing, and DMC be­gan rolling con­stituency and dis­trict con­fer­ences.

‘These con­fer­ences were char­ac­terised by dis­putes and di­vi­sive ten­den­cies. It be­came clear that all was not well and se­ri­ous prob­lems of il­le­git­i­mate branches re­mained un­re­solved.

‘The NEC found these con­cerns by branches to be le­git­i­mate, and a tough de­ci­sion to post­pone the con­fer­ence had to be made,’ he said.

Mncwango re­futed claims that party Pres­i­dent iNkosi Man­go­suthu Buthelezi sin­gle-hand­edly post­poned the con­fer­ence, de­scrib­ing them as both un­founded and ma­li­cious.

‘We ex­press our apol­ogy to Prince Buthelezi for this state of ill­pre­pared­ness for our con­fer­ence,’ he said.

IFP Deputy Na­tional Chair­per­son Al­bert Mncwango ex­plain­ing the rea­sons lead­ing to the post­pone­ment of the IFP Na­tional Elec­tive Con­fer­ence

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