The MDC-T provincial administrator for Matabeleland North, Patrick Njama, has reportedly defected to the rival Welshman Ncube-led MDC party alongside 19 others in the latest wave of defections rocking Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.
Njama told NewsDay yesterday he had crossed the floor because of persistent harassment by his superiors in the main MDC-T party.
“I was frustrated by politicians in my party. I was going for a number of months without a salary and was working with little resources, yet they had the temerity to accuse me of failing to deliver. Even the car that I was supposed to be using, one of the officials in the province took it and he is driving it for his personal business,” he said.
Njama was among several people unveiled at the MDC district meeting in Hwange who included Mxolisi Gumbo, who had been the MDC-T’s district youth organising secretary, and 19 others.
MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said: “No one is a visitor in this party because even those who are rejoining us, we have always worked with them. We should always be prepared. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us.
“What you should know is that Zanu PF is Zanu PF, and we know them from Gukurahundi and the past elections’ violence that they won’t let go that easily. We should work hard now and put up our structures before it gets very hot.”
But, MDC-T deputy organising secretary and Matabeleland North vice-chairperson Abednico Bhebhe said they were unmoved by the alleged mass defections in the province.
“We will not be moved by this grandstanding. This is all media theatrics. I will bet you with my last dollar MDC will never win a single seat in Matabeleland North and if they do, then I will resign from politics.”