Former MDC members, Obert Gutu and James Makore rejoin ZANU-PF

by | Mar 18, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday welcomed two more high ranking former opposition members James Makore and Ober Gutu to ZANU PF.

The two said they had grown tired of engaging with ideologically bankrupt members of the opposition, especially the MDC faction under Chamisa.

They promised to contribute to the growth of the country through supporting ZANU PF`s progressive policies.
Welcoming the pair at State House yesterday, President Mnangagwa said ZANU PF`s newest members are not strangers to ideas of the ruling party.

“Regarding Cde Makore, in the early 1960s we worked together in the National Movement,” said President Mnangagwa during a press brief after their meeting.

“He has come back to say that he feels at home ideological back in ZANU-PF and that he would want to contribute to the reconstruction of our country,” added President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa said the door remains open to progressive Zimbabweans who resonate with ZANU PF`s policy of national development.
“Obert is a young man, he says he has a conscience which he slept over and came to the conclusion that the party which he was in did not give him the satisfaction or the purpose of revolutionarily contributing to the construction, growth and modernisation of Zimbabwe,” President Mnangagwa added, refering to MDC spokesperson Cde Gutu.
President Mnangagwa said ZANU-PF is the only party committed to charting the destiny of the people of Zimbabwe, and anyone who is looking for a sense of purpose is free to join the revolutionary party.
Repentant, former MDC-T vice president and MDC spokesperson, Cde Gutu said he is driven by the desire to rebuild Zimbabwe and he felt that this was the place for his formerly misplaced passion.
“Speaking entirely for myself, I am not position oriented, I know people will say Gutu is now eye a position,” said Cde Gutu.
“We are here to play a part in the development trajectory of the Second Republic, and from an ideological position we feel that we have made the right decision,” he added.
Cde Gutu said the vision that the Second Republic has fashioned out for the nation of achieving an upper middle-income economy by 2030 is very achievable with the right mindset and correct mindset as patriots.
Cde Makore said the correct expression is that he has come back home, and he was welcomed nicely by the President of Zimbabwe.
“We have contributed much to the struggle and have to finish by contributing the economy. We can’t consistently fight without producing any reasonable results, by and large we might end up being a hog in the expected development,” said Cde Makore.
Cde Makore said, in their pronunciation (MDC-A) said they no longer require people of his age, in which case he decided to return home (ZANU-PF) to and make a contribution there.
“Bearing in mind that we are aging as well, why not leave behind a legacy for our children so that they can also follow and be focused on the expected development,” added Cde Makore.
Cde Makore is a Veteran Trade Unionist and former member of the MDC National Advisory Council. He was MDC Senator for Chitungwiza, and founding member of the opposition party along with the late Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
When asked how they are managing to draw in the young and old high-ranking members of MDC are abandoning the opposition ship for the revolutionary party, ZANU PF National Chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said these defections tell a clear story.
“I am very pleased that Cde Gutu and Cde Makore made reference to the consistency and principles of ZANU-PF which are very clear in the Second Republic when you look at the clarion call from President Mnangagwa to unite as Zimbabweans,” said Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri.
Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri said unity is a priority on the ZANU-PF party manifesto and on the President’s list of objectives.
“Unity recognises diversity of people and experience that you find across the board. The two incoming members have very rich experience in government policies and under the Second Republic President Mnangagwa wants everyone on board,” she added.
She also said ZANU-PF is expecting more members in the coming days.