The great trek from Egypt to Canaan

by | Mar 19, 2021 | Opinions | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

All is not well in the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance (MDC) camp as vanguards partake in an exodus from tyrannical opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to join Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

Chiredzi based legal expert Cde Tongai Matutu was the first to defect from the MDC-A followed by the Kwekwe-Zvishavane-duo Cde Blessed Chebundo and Cde. Lillian Timvious.

The latest to join ZANU-PF are former MDC spokesperson and Vice to Thokozani Khupe; Cde Obert Gutu and veteran Unionist and a good friend of the late Mogan Tsvangirai, Cde James Makore.

Whole constituencies are expected to defect from MDC-A from grassroots level to ZANU-PF following this development. What boggles one’s mind is why these high-ranking MDC members have abandoned the so-called people’s movement.

Sources close to Cde Tongai Matutu explained how Nelson Chamisa segregated him to feel the heat of political tension between the ruling party and opposition without the backing of MDC-A.

Cde Matutu said he was a victim of the factional cold war between Chamisa and Tendai Biti who was recently recalled from Parliament.

Tongai Matutu might have been the first to leave the biblical equivalent of Egypt to join the Canaan promised by the Second Republic.

However, he is not the only one who felt betrayed by the young Pharaoh.

Cde Makore on his visit to the State officially confirming his move to ZANU-PF said that people of his age felt unwanted in the MDC-A.

“We cant consistently fight without producing any meaningful results and for that we don’t blame anybody but the youth fullness of our leadership,” said Cde Makore hinting towards the on going strife within MDC-A.

Cde Makore sat in the National Advisory Council for the MDC-A which Chamisa and his peers have ignored, forcing most to leave him for Thokozane Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC-T.

Cde Timvious and Cde Chebundo have for the longest time been the thread that held together the little support opposition still had in Zvishavane and Kwekwe (respectively) with their deep connections with grass root followers.

Their changing jerseys from MDC-A to ZANU-PF came to many as a surprise but for those who knew them understood their reasons.

Cde Timvious according to MDC-A Charlton Hwende’s response to her defection had rendered here resignition from the opposition party three weeks before joining ZANU-PF.

Sources within also hinted towards Hwende’s toxic and divisive character being the reason for the fallout with the Kwekwe-Zvishavane-duo and MDC-A.

“The standing committee and members of parliament for MDC-A all know that Hwende is the force dividing the party and the root of all corruption, he is the reason why I left,” said Cde Timvious.

Cde Chebundo’s main quarrel with the MDC-A was the lack of direction and violence tendencies associated with it.
He says it took a lot of pondering to leave because MDC-T was formed in his own house.

“I am bringing my 21 years of experience and all my followers to ZANU-PF,” he said.

Politics has no permanent enemies but permanent interests and all five recent additions to ZANU-PF have spoken greatly of Vision 2030 and them wanting to be a part of the legacy.

Cde Gutu who has since apologized for being a part of the people that beckoned sanctions to Zimbabwe and says his 180-degree turn is because he has been disillusioned.

He said through his twitter account, he is publishing an article with Sunday Mail explaining why he joined ZANUPF.