THE MDC has dismissed the defection of its 11 councillors from Umzingwane Rural District Council (RDC) to the MDC-T as a hoax, saying the politicians had crossed the floor several times before.
By Our Staff Reporters
The MDC-T unveiled the councillors, including the local authority’s chairperson, on Friday in Bulawayo.
But MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube in a statement said their rivals were just playing to the gallery.
“The MDC notes with particular concern and disdain the continuous falsification of party belonging and/or membership, and the alleged termination of such membership by various former members of the party,” he said.
“While all this might be laughable to those in the know, members of the public have been unsuspecting victims of this political forgery.”
Dube said the councillors who claimed to have defected had not been members of his party for the past two years.
“The majority of them are defecting for the fifth or sixth time rendering them nothing, but career defectors,” he said.
Umzingwane RDC vice-chairperson Amanda Khumalo, speaking on behalf of the councillors, said they defected on the advice of the electorate.
“We have joined the MDC-T on the advice of the people who elected us. They are the ones who said we should join the MDC-T,” she said.
“They said there is no future in (Welshman) Ncube’s MDC. Umzingwane is also angry as they now realise that Ncube took them for a ride when he told them to vote for (MKD’s Simba) Makoni in 2008.
“If we had voted for Morgan Tsvangirai, he could have been President by now and he could have changed our lives for the better.”
MDC-T deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe said the defections reflected the party’s support in Matabeleland and the country as a whole.