Three MDC Alliance (MDC-A) councillors have dumped the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance and joined the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
The development was confirmed by MDC-T secretary for women’s assembly in Mbizo district, Rita Munyorovi-Svova.
Munyorovi-Svova revealed that the councillors are from Ward 2, 11 and 12. She said:
They all belong to MDC-T. In fact, they must not make the mistake of following an individual (Nelson Chamisa) but should follow the party (MDC-T).
People should read and understand the constitution of the MDC-T.
Meanwhile, MDC-A Midlands secretary for information Takavafira Zhou said it is the democratic right of the three councillors to decide on whomever they want to associate with. Said Zhou:
In politics, there is freedom of association and disassociation. We don’t have any problem with them, in fact, we wish them good luck.
But we foresee them coming back. As MDC-A led by Nelson Chamisa, we will soldier on.
Using a controversial Supreme Court ruling delivered a few hours after the country went into lockdown in March, the MDC-T has so far recalled at least 21 legislators from both the National Assembly and Senate as well as several councillors.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has said by-elections for vacant constituencies and wards would be held when the government relaxes lockdown restrictions.
Chamisa suffered another defeat this week in Gwanda Council where all the councillors and mayor joined Khupe.