Fifty MDC-T supporters from Makokoba district in Bulawayo have defected to rival MDC citing “favouritism and victimisation” by area House of Assembly Member Thokozani Khupe.
Speaking during a welcome ceremony at the MDC provincial offices in Bulawayo on Saturday, Oppah Sibanda, a defector, laid charges against Deputy Prime Minister Khupe saying she is victimising them since they are regarded as supporters of Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo.
“We campaigned for her (Khupe) in 2008 elections and she won but she is now treating us like used tissue paper,” said Sibanda.
“We have decided to join MDC because it is the only party with the interest of people at heart.”
Another defector, Ushewekudze Maponde accused MDC-T leadership in Makokoba of failing to honour its promises made before the 2008 harmonised elections.
“They are on a mission to victimise us. Last week they called police to arrest me saying I was responsible for violence that broke out at a structure verification exercise,” said Ushewekudze.
The defectors further pledged to work hard to win Makokoba constituency from the MDC-T.
However, MDC-T Makokoba district chairperson James Sithole denied any links with the defectors saying his “party structures are still intact.”
“I don’t know them. And to say they have defected its just a story to us and we are not bothered,” said Sithole.
MDC Bulawayo provincial organiser Christabel Sibutha thanked the new members and rallied them to shun violence. She tasked them to mobilise more supporters peacefully.