23 op­po­si­tion party mem­bers join Zanu-PF in Gwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

TWENTY-three op­po­si­tion par­ties’ sup­port­ers on Thurs­day de­fected to Zanu-PF in Gwanda South at a meet­ing chaired by the con­stituency’s leg­is­la­tor Cde Abe­dinico Ncube.

The 23, four from Zapu and MDC-N as well as 19 from the MDC-T, de­fected to Zanu PF at Matanan­gombe area in Gwanda.

They said they were tired of op­po­si­tion par­ties’ empty prom­ises.

Cde Ncube, who is also Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Preser­va­tion and Pro­mo­tion of Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter, told the de­fec­tors that as a party they were very happy to re­ceive new mem­bers.

He said Zanu-PF was the only party that car­ries peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions.

“As Zanu-PF we know that there are a lot of peo­ple who are lost and if they come back we will re­ceive them with open hands. You know the story of the prodi­gal son who af­ter spend­ing all his riches and started liv­ing in squalor. He came back to his fa­ther and apol­o­gised and a feast was held for him. This is the same sit­u­a­tion with th­ese mem­bers,” said Cde Ncube. “So we are cel­e­brat­ing and we are en­cour­ag­ing them to come back to the party for good. We know peo­ple tell lies that Zapu is still in ex­is­tence but the only Zapu we know was that led by Cde Joshua Nkomo and it united with Zanu (PF) to form Zanu-PF. Those who call them­selves MDC, MDC-T and ZimPF are peo­ple who are just hun­gry for po­si­tions and play­ing to the whims of their Western han­dlers.” He said the new mem­bers should fol­low the party line and rally be­hind Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in the 2018 har­monised elec­tions. Cde Ncube said the party would start a door to door cam­paign in his con­stituency to re­cruit more mem­bers so as to strengthen party struc­tures ahead of the 2018 elec­tions. “The cam­paign will done in the vil­lages of Gwanda South. Peo­ple should work to­gether as a unit and de­sist from fight­ing for po­si­tions as that weak­ens the party. Our cen­tre of power is Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai and Joice Mu­juru are here to di­vide us. We want to build cells and also sup­port our party and gov­ern­ment,” said Cde Ncube. The meet­ing was also at­tended by Mata­bele­land South Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

Cde Abe­dinico Ncube

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