MDC Alliance Midlands provincial spokesperson Takavafira Zhou told NewZimbabwe.com that none of the people who allegedly defected to Zanu PF belonged to his party. While acknowledging the departure of Blessing Chebundo and Lillian Timveous, Zhou said the news that MDC Alliance had lost more members was nothing but an April Fools’ Day message.
A meeting of 400 Zanu PF people in Kwekwe last week was falsely dramatised as some meeting with MDC Alliance defectors and former MDC Alliance national member, Blessing Chebundo, addressed the meeting with his colleagues in Zanu PF. On the 1st of April, the Herald reported that more than 150 MDC Alliance activists had defected to Zanu PF in Gweru. We urge MDC Alliance supporters to take this as nothing more than a fools’ day message’. We are indeed aware of several touts (mahwindi) and artisanal miners who were commandeered to meetings and forced to wear MDC Alliance regalia provided by Zanu PF in return for possible emoluments, be it unfettered operations at ranks and in mines, but this narrative of façade of lies has no traction. We the MDC Alliance Midlands province want to make it categorically clear without any equivocation or ambiguity that the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa is safe and sound in Midlands.