By Lloyd Takawira
Two senior MDC members senator Lilian Timveos and former Kwekwe Central member of parliament Blessing Chebundo have joined Zanu-PF party.
The two were welcomed by President Mnangagwa, Vice President Chiwenga and Zanu-PF National Chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri at State House yesterday.
Blessing Chebundo who was recently appointed secretary for local government for the MDC-T is famous for defeating President Mnangagwa in the parliamentary election of 2000 forcing Mnangagwa to abdicate to his rural home of Zibagwe.
Lilian Timveous who in 2019 contested for the MDC Alliance Vice President post in Gweru and lost to Lynette Karenyi Kore and was catapulted by Chamisa to the post of Deputy treasure general deputizing Douglas Coltart as well as National Executive member.
In a statement MDC Alliance intimated that they as a party are unfazed by detections made by their maembers.
“We respect the right of Sen Timveos & Mr Chebundo to freely associate with a party of their choosing. We remain focused on championing the cause of the people, being a voice for the masses & winning Zimbabwe for change under the able leadership of President Nelson Chamisa”
Responding to the defections , former Zanu PF Politburo Professor Jonathan Moyo chided Mnangagwa and his office for celebrating.
” Oh well. They have not crossed the floor, they have crossed the line. Receiving the duo at State House, instead of ZanuPF HQ, is an abuse of office. Desperate!,” he said.
Outspoken MDC Alliance Deputy national chair Honourable Job Skhala reacted by saying even if one is disappointed joining Zanu PF is not the best way.
“Even if the gun is pointed on your head, joining the occult of ZANU PF in its various form is devilish, last coma of desperation and the great betrayal. With millions having suffered on the hands of the evil ZANU PF regime, no matter the amount of disappointment, gara kumba”.
Meanwhile Zanu PF director of communications Mr Tafadzwa Mugwadi celebrated the defections saying , its not too late for opposition members to join ZANU PF.
“We can all be ZANUPF, it’s allowed, it’s possible!!!! Join the People’s Ruling Party today & be part of endless possibilities. Let not these fly-by night ephemeral movements & #dempuppets waste your time. Never too late to be a Zanu PF ”
The defections of Chebundo and Timveos follows last year’s defection of Tongai Matutu who joined ZANU PF .