NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

Chebundo departure is good riddance

- Chief Chiduku

IN response to MDC bigwigs Chebundo, Timveos defect to Zanu PF: I am really surprised that former Kwekwe Central MP Blessing Chebundo, of all the people, has decided to join the ruling Zanu PF party.

Growing up in Kwekwe, I witnessed how the Zanu PF militia harassed this guy in the run-up to elections in the early 2000s.

Zanu PF even burnt down his home in Newtown suburb. Politics is about money, and I have reason to believe that Chebundo has been bought.

Last year, he lost in the MDC Alliance primary elections for the Kwekwe Central seat to youth leader Judith Tobaiwa. So as it stands, he is nowhere near being called a bigwig?

I can say he was a bigwig during the time President Emmerson Mnangagwa was contesting for the Kwekwe Central seat in the 2000 and 2005 elections, not now.

I always wonder how he beat before a new constituen­cy — Chirumhanz­u-Zibagwe — was created specifical­ly to accommodat­e the politicall­y-bruised Zanu PF heavyweigh­t.

Now it is the people of Zimbabwe who are bigwigs because without them, Chebundo will never be anywhere near our country’s political landscape.

I don’t think the departure of Chebundo and Lillian Timveos from the MDCs is a blow to the MDCs, but good riddance.

A blow would be felt if the 2,2 million people who voted for Nelson Chamisa in the 2018 elections defect enmasse to Zanu PF.

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