Tuesday, August 06, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) MDC-T rocked by defections
This article was written by Our reporter on 21 July, at 16 : 34 PM

Close to 100 MDC-T supporters have defected to Zanu-PF in Marondera constituency. The members, who are from wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 said they decided to defect to the revolutionary party as it has people-oriented programmes.

Zanu-PF Mashonaland East Provincial Chairman, Ray Kaukonde, who is also the party candidate for Marondera Central, welcomed the defectors and thanked them for having seen the light.

Kaukonde urged them to work with other members in mobilising supporters for the party to win resoundingly in the harmonised elections.

Kaukonde then donated 30 tonnes of mealie-meal to thousands of families from Marondera Central.

A wave of defections has rocked the MDC-T in recent weeks with others recorded in Chegutu and Umguza in Matabeleland North.

Meanwhile, the MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s campaign strategy has taken a new twist to recognize the role played by the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country.

With a few days to go before the elections scheduled for the 31st of this month, the MDC-T have finally come to terms with the reality that the country’s independence came about through the liberation struggle in which thousands of Zimbabweans sacrificed their lives.

In his remarks at a rally held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Tsvangirai acknowledged the role played by the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo; his late wife, Mama Mafuyana and the late Lookout Masuku, saying they brought the sovereignty of the country.

This has been seen by analysts as a desperate attempt to woo the people of Matabeleland using Zanu-PF strategies.

Tsvangirai went on to say Zimbabwe is a sovereign nation which can not be sold.

His statements revealed how the MDC-T leader contradicted himself when he paid tribute to the fallen heroes from the region yet he has in the past boycotted the burial of some national heroes.

In May this year, Mr Tsvangirai boycotted the burial of the late Major General Jevan Maseko (RTD), preferring to attend a birthday bash for his Nigerian friend, Oswell Rochas Okorocha.

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