MDC-T youths defect to MDC-99

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At least 35 youth members of the MDC party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have allegedly defected to the MDC-99 led by controversial politician Job Sikhala.
In a press statement yesterday the spokesperson for the defecting youths, Alone Mhike, who was the youth organising secretary for Gutu Central district cited a number of grievances, including negligence by the MDC-T as reasons for their defection.
The youths claimed that corruption within the party among elected officials had become an accepted part of the MDC-T’s operations.
The MDC-T has since fired a number of its councillors in Chitungwiza on charges of corruption while investigations into alleged acts of abuse of office in other towns such as Mutare, Bindura and Chegutu have been reported.
“There is no way you can distinguish a Zanu PF official from the MDC-T today in the national campus of corruption,” reads part of the statement.
Mhike said the inclusive government was the worst betrayal to the MDC supporters who had fought hard for change since 1999.
“What we are witnessing today is that through the so-called inclusive government, very few of the people whom we suffered for are benefitting from this arrangement,” the youths said.
Mhike said the youths had been attracted to the MDC-99’s belief in the equality of its members.
The youths noted that they would continue with the struggle and were not prepared to surrender.
Contacted for comment, MDC-T national spokesperson Nelson Chamisa refuted the youths’ allegations.
He said MDC-T was not aware of any such defections. Chamisa added that progressive people in the country were in fact joining the party.
“I have made inquiries from our people on the ground, including the MP for that area, who have categorically denied that such a thing has happened,” said Chamisa.